NLE and LLE’s


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.

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 the school leader.

Our NLE works with schools identified as being in need of significant improvement by the Department for Education, Ofsted, a teaching school, a regional schools commissioner, local authority or diocese.  We also welcome enquiries from individual schools who are interested in receiving tailored support.



Janine Pierce

Janine has been a Headteacher for 13 years and a National Leader of Education (NLE) for the last 5 years. She has led and managed two very different schools; the first a small CE village school with a large teaching commitment and the second at Yarlside Academy, a single-form entry school. Yarlside was graded Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2013 and since then the school team have worked hard to maintain that standard, placing them in the top 200 primary schools in the country. Janine has led schools through three Ofsted inspections and converted Yarlside to an Academy as part of a Multi Academy Trust.

In Janine’s NLE role she has supported a number of schools in varying situations and has achieved success in supporting schools in moving out of an Ofsted category. Janine has expertise in strategic school improvement planning, leading quality first teaching and financial management.

Janine is the Director of Yarlside Teaching School Alliance.



Local leaders of education (LLEs) have made and continue to make a significant contribution to supporting schools since the programme was introduced in 2008. LLEs provide a range of school-to-school support and coaching and mentoring for head teachers.

As part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s (NCTL) move towards a school-led system, they no longer designate LLEs, and have allowed teaching schools the freedom to recruit and designate school leaders in this role as they already do with specialist leaders of education (SLEs).


Helen Pemberton

Helen is Head Teacher at Sir John Barrow Primary School in Ulverston. She has been a Head Teacher in two schools, over 11 years, seeing both schools move from satisfactory to good in Ofsted inspections. Her most recent successful, good Ofsted was in November 2017

Helen has worked closely with her school team over the last 5 years to bring about sustained and on-going school improvement across all 3 key stages. Helen values working in partnership with others and her school has a track record of sharing good practice.

Sir John Barrow School has led the way in raising standards in Mathematics, through the implementation of the Big Maths Programme. This has been rolled out across many schools in South Cumbria.

In addition, Sir John Barrow School won the 2017 National Governance Award for ‘Outstanding Governance in a single school’.


Caroline Walker

Caroline is the headteacher of Parkside GGI Academy  in Barrow-in-Furness.  She has led the school successfully through a good  Ofsted inspection in 2011 and a series of transforming changes, the most recent being extending the age range to firstly take in over 40 two year olds in 2015 and to extend into a Primary school from September 2018.

 She has taught across all three primary key stages in schools in Cumbria.  She specialises in literacy and ICT and has been both a subject leader and leading teacher for both core subjects. She has developed her knowledge of English as a primary literacy consultant working throughout Cumbria as well as delivering literacy and ICT training regionally in London, Peterborough, Leeds, Durham and Liverpool. She has also led on English through two acting headships in a small village school and a large primary school in Barrow-in-Furness.  She continues to be the literacy leader in her own school.  From September 2010-August 2011 she led and managed a team of consultants across 80 settings, schools and nurseries to develop the Early Years in the Furness locality.


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