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 an NLE. The Department for Education (DfE) uses a sophisticated and balanced approach to designate 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.


This approach will help to ensure that more effective school leaders and schools are able to provide high-quality support, in areas of the country where it is needed most.


National support schools

If you’re selected as an NLE, your school will become a national support school (NSS). This is to recognise that your staff are likely to work alongside you in any support you provide.






Davies Lane Teaching School

Davies Lane,


E11 3DR






Tel: 0208 539 2466



Chief Executive - Maureen Okoye

Director – Nadine Walter

Administrative Assistant –Hawwaa Islam



School hours


Office Hours

8.30am - 4.30pm