National leaders of education (NLEs)
NLEs are outstanding headteachers who work with schools in challenging circumstances to support school improvement.
Because their support role will often include members of their own staff, the school of a national leader of education is called a national support school.
You should contact an NLE if you want to improve performance at your school. They will meet with the headteacher and senior staff from your school to discuss the challenges you face and what help is needed. Their work will be tailored in partnership with you.
They can get involved in different ways, including:
- working with your school alongside their staff
- working with your school on their own
- their staff working with your school under their initial direction
Tracey Kneale CBE
Marlbrook Primary School
Tracey Kneale has been Headteacher of Marlbrook Primary School since April 2004. The school was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2009 and collaborated with Little Dewchurch CE Primary in 2010 (judged Outstanding in 2011) and Ewyas Harold Primary in 2011 (judged Good in 2013).
Tracey has been an NLE, an accredited School Improvement Partner and accredited Ofsted Inspector since 2010. She became an accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer in 2015. She has worked with schools locally and nationally on strategic school improvement issues and provided a range of schools with support through challenging issues.
Marlbrook became a Teaching School in 2014. In this role it has:
- developed its capacity to support Schools Direct trainees with the University of Worcester in partnership with a number of Herefordshire Primary Schools;
- increased its capacity to work with/support schools across a range of areas;
- developed CPD in partnership with the LA and Wigmore Teaching School
- and in 2015-16 managed SATs moderation across Herefordshire for the LA
Tracey’s main area of focus is interrogating and managing data to improve standards, developing robust school systems, supporting leadership with improving teaching and learning and managing all strands of finance.
Tracey and/or the Teaching School can be contacted on 01432 266643 or 07809 331 001 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Whitchurch Primary School
Ross on Wye
I am currently Head of Whitchurch and Weston under Penyard CE Primaries. I have been Head at Whitchurch for seven years and we federated with Weston just under 2 years ago. I am happy to share my experiences with federation, rapid school improvement and with systems and processes that we use in our schools.
Weobley High School
Dame Oremi Evans
The Brookfield School and Specialist College
Dame Oremi Evans has been Headteacher at The Brookfield School since September 2001. Under her leadership The Brookfield School was judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in July 2007, June 2010 and again in January 2014 in all the main categories.
From the 28th February 2012 Dame Oremi was designated as a National Leader of Education and the school a National Support School specialising in Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties supporting schools in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Other BESD, (now classed as social, Emotional and Mental Health) schools around the country use The Brookfield School as a model of outstanding practice.
In March 2011 Dame Oremi became Executive Head of the Pupil Referral Service in Herefordshire and from April 2012, included The Behaviour Support Team. At present she jointly leads (with the Head of Additional Needs) the LA Behaviour and Attendance Strategy which strives to improve outcomes for the children and young people who access support and intervention across the range of universal, targeted and specialist services.
Dame Oremi can be contacted at:
The Brookfield School, Grandstand Road, Hereford, HR4 9NG
Telephone: 01432 275067 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre
Ross on Wye
Nigel Griffiths has been Headteacher of John Kyrle High School in Ross on Wye since September 2000. The school, which became a new Academy in 2011 has 1 400 students including 350 in the Sixth Form. Ofsted graded Leadership & Management in the school as Outstanding in 2008 and 2012. He has been a National Leader of Education from 2011. Since then, and for some years previously in his role as a School Improvement Partner, he has worked with schools, Local Authorities and Academies Trusts across the country. His main areas of focus have included helping schools improve Ofsted ratings; developing Leadership & Management, including at Senior and Middle Leader levels; reviewing Quality Assurance processes including a robust focus upon data and the Quality of Teaching, Learning & Assessment. Nigel represents the Secondary Headteachers’ Association on School Forum and also chairs the School Budget Working Group and, therefore, can advise on school budgets.
John Kyrle High School in its role as a National Support School has Specialist Leaders of Education in Maths, Post-16, Curriculum Development and School Finance. From the Autumn term it has also provided outreach support in English and Science.
John Kyrle High School can be contacted to discuss possible partnership work via the Teaching School or direct via the Headteacher’s PA on 01989 760382.