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  • Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7PJ

LLE Support

Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)


LLEs are successful headteachers who are able to support other headteachers.  An LLE must be judged to be a good serving headteacher with at least three years’ experience and have sufficient capacity to support other schools.


Typical activities include:

  • negotiating objectives for improvement

  • coaching and mentoring the headteacher to develop skills, judgement and professional effectiveness

  • supporting or arranging coaching or training for staff in the supported school

Our LLEs


Gary Soars


I am currently headteacher at Edward Francis Primary School - a two form intake school close to Rayleigh High Street which came into existence after an amalgamation in 2012 which I led the schools through.  I have been a headteacher for over ten years and believe that I am particularly strong in analysing data, managing human & financial resources and securing good progress & attainment.  In recent years I have enjoyed supporting other local schools in a peer reviewing arrangement and have participated in local authority reviews.  I have also recently been temporarily seconded to a local school for a term, whilst a substantive headteacher was appointed, during which they secured a favourable Ofsted judgement.


Jim Johnson


​​I am the Headteacher of Edwards Hall Primary School, a two form entry school on the outskirts of Southend.  In my time at the school I have taken it from Special Measures to Good. The school’s ethos is based on a culture of taking risks and learning from mistakes with ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ embedded across the school.  Prior to this, I was the Headteacher of Bonnygate Primary School in Thurrock.  I have worked as a School Support Partner in Southend and a School Improvement Partner in Essex.  These roles included mentoring and coaching staff; monitoring the quality of teaching and learning; supporting schools with restructuring; advising on the Headteacher Appraisal process and leading on peer reviews.  I have also delivered training for school leadership teams and governors on assessment and the use of data to bring about school improvement. I represented the primary sector on the Expert Subject Advisory Groups’ Standards Working Party, producing recommendations on revised Teaching Standards for the Chartered College of Teaching. 


Julia Jones


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