National Leaders of Education (NLE)

National Leaders of Education, known as NLEs, are the head teachers of highly successful schools or recognised system leaders. Many head teachers of teaching schools automatically become NLEs when their schools are accredited.

However, while not all NLEs are the head teachers of teaching schools, all are given additional funding to support outreach work with schools facing challenges and may be called upon to give advice to other agencies.

The main difference between an NLE and an SLE is that the NLE typically facilitates, or brokers, school improvement connecting SLEs with schools in difficulties. Sometimes, the NLE will take responsibility for establishing the needs of the school and then deploy SLEs to support it.

However, this is a fluid and evolving system and, increasingly, the head teachers of teaching schools and the leaders of teaching school alliances, whether or not they are NLEs, broker improvement interventions.