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NLEs - National Leaders Of Education

National leaders of education (NLE) are headteachers of an outstanding school with the ability to support schools in challenging circumstances in addition to leading their own school. The goal of national leaders of education (NLEs) is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. 

When selected as an NLE, your school will become a national support school (NSS). This recognises the fact that your staff are likely to work alongside you in any support you may provide.


Karen Kerridge - The Appleton School

Karen Kerridge, Headteacher of The Appleton School, was selected as a National Leader of Education in June 2011.  The Appleton School was awarded Outstanding by OFSTED across all categories, most recently in July 2013. The Appleton School has also been recognised by the Government's Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as being placed in the top 20% of schools across the country for value added results.


Dr. Margaret Wilson - The King John School

Margaret Wilson, Headteacher of The King John School, was selected as a National Leader of Education in July 2011. The King John School was awarded Outstanding by OFSTED across all categories in December 2013. She was appointed by her peers to one of the eight Regional Headteacher Boards as well as being on the boards of Pearson Education Limited and Anglia Ruskin University.


Tania Perry - Robus MAT

Tania Perry, CEO of ROBUS Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) was selected as a National Leader of Education in March 2014. Previously, Tania was Executive Headteacher of Kingston Primary School which has twice been awarded Outstanding by OFSTED, most recently in April 2009. ROBUS means 'strength in togetherness' and this phrase underpins the philosophy of the MAT and Kingston Primary School.


Andy Hodgkinson - The Sweyne Park Schoool

Andy Hodgkinson, Headteacher of The Sweyne Park School, was selected as a National Leader of Education in March 2012.  The Sweyne Park School was awarded Outstanding by OFSTED in May 2010. In October 2014, Andy Hodgkinson was named 'Secondary Headteacher of the Year' in the National Teaching Awards.


Simon Harbrow - South Essex Academy Trust

Simon Harbrow is CEO of South Essex Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust comprising of five primary and infant schools, two of which are outstanding, two good and one sponsored school moving from inadequate to RI. He was selected as a National Leader of Education in May 2018. He inspects as both a team member and lead for OFSTED. Westwood Academy has sponsored two failing schools both improving due to his leadership and the capacity of the Trust.