Local Leaders of Education

LLEs are experienced headteachers who coach or mentor new headteachers or headteachers whose schools are in challenging circumstances.

You should contact an LLE if you are a new headteacher, or an existing headteacher interested in a leadership coach.

Schools that are a priority for support are those where:

  • attainment is below the minimum standards set out by the government
  • the school is considered to be at risk of not achieving the minimum standards of attainment or going into special measures
  • a new, first-time headteacher has been appointed

Local leaders of education work primarily one-to-one with another headteacher.

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 key staff in the supported school

Contact details are available through the directory. You can contact the LLE directly.


In most cases, your school will need to pay for the LLE’s time. Any payments will be negotiated between you and the LLE’s school.

Time commitment for you and/or your staff

The LLE could work with you for 6 months to 3 years. During that time, you would normally spend between 0.5 days and 1 full day a week with them.

Some of this time can be spent by members of the LLE’s staff working with your own (for example, a deputy head working with your deputy).


About our LLEs

Neil Burton

Headteacher, Westgarth Primary School