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National and Local Leaders of Education

The goal of National and Local Leaders of Education (NLEs) (LLEs) is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable system.

What a National Leader of Education does
National Leaders of Education usually work with schools identified as being in need of improvement.

The National Leader of Education’s work is tailored to the needs of the supported school and there are different ways they can be involved, including:

  • working alongside headteachers and other members of staff
  • working alone
  • National Leader of Education’s staff supporting in the supported school
  • they may also carry out Pupil Premium Reviews

Local Leaders also add capacity to the school led system by supporting leaders of schools alongside other aspects of school improvement.

Jo Cottrell is Executive Headteacher (EHT) at Wellow, Awbridge & Halterworth Family of Schools in Romsey and is also EHT for the Teaching School Partnership. Before commencing this role in Hampshire she was the Southern Region Team Leader for School Networks at the National College for School Leadership (NCTL) and prior to this Headteacher of Damers First School in Dorset and Co-Lead for the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership.

Jo has supported many school leaders both experienced and new to the profession to improve outcomes and improve the quality of teaching and learning in their schools. She also provides Pupil Premium reviews, ensuring that an action plan is in place following visits which are carried out by a small team.

On behalf of the Teaching School, Jo is able to work with you and your school team to develop a package of support from either herself, other senior leaders or SLEs who are also trained facilitators. On other occasions you may feel that working in partnership to engage in joint reviews would be beneficial for self evaluation? This is something we are keen to promote and facilitate.

In senior leadership for 22 years, 17 as Headteacher and since January 2011, Executive Headteacher of The Romsey School.  Passionate about system leadership and is currently working with a large multi academy trust supporting schools across the South and West.  Supported schools moving out of special measures and has actively taken on schools at short notice to raise standards.  Currently working with both secondary and primary schools in supporting their progress.  Strong leadership and high quality teaching and learning are the key strands of improvement against a frequent backdrop of balancing finances and incorporating a curriculum fit for purpose.  A philosophy of school improvement with dignity pervades every action taken whilst at the same time being relentless in ensuring better outcomes for young people.  In 2010 appointed a National Leader of Education.

Heather has been the Headteacher of The Mountbatten School for over ten years, four years as Executive Headteacher. The school is an 11 to 16 Converter Academy since April 2011 and has 1430 students on roll. Previously she was a headteacher of a school in Cornwall which she successfully led out of Serious Weaknesses.

Experience in industry including Estate Agency, Work Study, the Probation Service and Public Relations in New York have enabled Heather to acquire an interesting range of skills, all of which have been usefully deployed in her headteacher roles.

Her passions lie in building strong leadership at all levels, and tackling social and academic deficits in disadvantaged students.

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