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  • Southend Primary
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  • Avenue Road
  • Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7PJ

School to School Support

National Leaders of Governance (NLGs)


NLGs are highly effective chairs of governors who use their skills and experience to provide coaching and mentoring support to another chair of governors to improve school and academy performance.

You should contact an NLG if you want to improve the leadership and performance of your school’s governing body.

Examples of deployments:

  • mentoring of chair and/or members of the school’s governing body

  • external reviews of governance (NLGs who have completed Department for Education (DfE) training)

  • chair or membership of an interim executive board

  • chair or leadership role of governing body of school/multi-academy trust where the school has been identified as needing urgent additional governance capacity


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


Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)


SLEs are experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism (for example, mathematics, ITT, behaviour).

While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

You should arrange for an SLE visit if you want to improve the leadership in a specific subject or specialist area in your school.

SLEs can provide one-to-one or group support. Their work could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • data analysis

  • coaching

  • facilitating and training

  • joint action planning


SLE specialisms cover the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.


Ofsted focus

Areas of expertise

Leadership and management

Academies and academy transition; assessment; leadership of continuing professional development; school business management and financial management; leadership of curriculum

Pupil achievement

Art; closing the gap; drama; design and technology; early years; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; maths; modern foreign languages; music; phonics; physical education; personal, social and health education; religious education; science; special educational needs; support for the most able pupils

Quality of teaching

Initial teacher training and newly qualified teacher development

Behaviour and safety

Behaviour and discipline; attendance