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National Leaders of Education

National Leaders of Education are described by the College of Teaching and Leadership as follows: National leaders of education (NLEs) are strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most.

If you meet the current eligibility criteria you might want to apply to become a national leader of education. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has now introduced a more sophisticated and balanced approach to designating system leaders – one which relies less heavily on Ofsted judgements and more on timely and accurate data, and the skills and track record of those applying.

Together these improvements will help to ensure that more of the most effective school leaders and schools are able to provide high quality support, especially in areas of the country in need of the most support.