LLE Role

The aim of the local leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

The role includes:

  • Providing one-to-one support to new headteachers
  • Working directly with another headteacher in a school in challenging circumstances to raise attainment
  • Working in partnership with other system leaders to support the improvement of another school/group of schools


This will be based on an identification of need and can be a result of:

  • Request through Teaching School Alliances
  • Direct request from a local cluster
  • Client school self-identifying need
  • Local Authority
  • Diocese
  • Ofsted HMI
  • DfE Academies and Underperformance Group
  • NLEs/other system leaders
  • Governing Bodies
  • Academy Chains

A panel will meet regularly to consider referrals and identify the most appropriate LLE to carry out the support required. Click here for a list of our available LLEs.

Contracting and Quality Assurance

However the deployment is commissioned, it is important for the teaching school to ensure that the LLE deployments are undertaken to a high standard and that they result in positive outcomes for children. At the start of the deployment, objectives and impact measures will be agreed so that everyone is clear about the expectations from the outset. An LLE contract will be drawn up by the teaching school and agree with all parties involved. This will provide a clear framework for monitoring the success of the work, on completion and through to a final review. More information will be given on this during the induction and training as it is anticipated that a supporting toolkit is developed to pilot.

Remuneration of Staff

LLEs pay is left to governors to arrive at, however there is a recommended level. Staff will be remunerated when they carry out school-to-school support support. This decision can be made at individual school level.