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Teaching schools and system leadership: monthly reports

The number of system leaders working in and across schools in the United Kingdom.




The Department for Education is currently undertaking work to significantly expand the number of teaching schools and national leaders of education, with a targeted approach focused on areas where they are most needed in order to create a comprehensive national network of school-led support for leaders to draw on as they choose. There is a commitment to ensure that all schools in all areas can access support, collaboration and best practice by ensuring full coverage of system leaders across the country.

This is a monthly report that states the number of system leaders designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

This includes:

  • National leaders of education (NLEs). NLEs are excellent headteachers who, together with the staff from their national support schools, provide direct support to other schools, particularly those in challenging circumstances to help them improve by providing additional leadership capacity and expertise.

  • Teaching schools. These are strong schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing educational excellence everywhere.

  • Teaching school alliances. Teaching school alliances are a group of schools, led by a teaching school, that work together to bring about improvements across the schools, focussing on initial teacher training, school-to-school support and professional development.

  • National leaders of governance (NLGs). NLGs are highly effective chairs of governors who use their skills and experience to provide coaching and mentoring support to another chair of governors to improve school and academy performance. In some cases, they work in partnership with an NLE.

This information is for school leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all maintained schools, academies and free schools.

The latest data is published at the start of each month.

You should be aware that the figures in this publication may differ from the numbers available in the school-to-school support directory, which is used as a live tool to find a teaching school or system leader.

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