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Thinking you would like to become an LLE or SLE. Please email Claire Rivers on head@st-marks.e-sussex.sch.uk for LLE information and future assessment days.

National Leaders of Education (NLE)
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.

Local Leaders of Education (LLE)

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.

Claire Rivers
I worked as a Local Leader of Learning for a number of years and was designated as a National Leader of Learning in May 2016. I have experience of working with schools in Special Measures and those that Require Improvement.  I believe that all schools have strengths and it is important to acknowledge and build on those skills. It is then that, in an atmosphere of trust and honesty, schools can be supported through coaching, and other strategies, to develop and address the areas that need improvement.

I have been a Head Teacher since 2007, retaining a teaching commitment, and my teaching experience is from Reception to Year 6. I do believe that if the Early Years provides a high quality of opportunity for children to learn and grow this will provide an excellent basis from which they can thrive in future years. I am an early Years moderator for the Local Authority and lead the St Mark’s Early Years Excellence Hub. I am a great advocate of a broad and balanced curriculum which I feel offers enrichment and a meaningful and purposeful way in which to learn.

Another of my roles is as the Teaching School Director of the St Mark’s Teaching School Alliance and we will always endeavour to help and support schools wherever possible. I facilitate the NPQML and NPQSL courses run by St Mark's and have supported the Institute of Education/UCL in developing their latest leadership modules.

I lead the St Mark's Chartered College of Teaching local network and will be a mentor on the new Chartered Teacher programme.

I have also pledged to coach any women, without charge,that have an interest in leadership roles, whether that be early leadership, middle leadership, senior leadership or headship. This also includes women working in administrative and financial roles or support staff. Please use the following link to the Coaching Directory:


Mrs Margaret Coleman,

Mrs Coleman is the iHeadteacher of Manor  CP SChool, Chair of the Uckfield Town Schools Allaince, Co-Chair of the Wealden EIP and a Local Leader of Learning for the St Mark's TSA.

National Leaders of Governance (NLG)

Jenny Dudgeon
In January 2014 I became a National Leader of Governance. In this role I coach and mentor other chairs of governors whether they are new to the role or just need some support over particular issues like re-constitution, helping engage members of the governing body, understanding data or establishing a good relationship with the Headteacher. I often provide support to chairs of governors and governing bodies on a wide range of topics and carry out External Reviews of Governance which feature in recommendations from Ofsted inspections. I also deliver training to governors and whole governing bodies. I like to work alongside chairs so that we can improve outcomes for everyone together.

NLGs form part of the school-to-school networks and support that now exist and focus on developing the leadership capacity of the governing body. 

Before having our two sons, I was a Head of Music in a local secondary school and I feel that this has given me a great insight into the role of a governor. The relationship between the chair and the Headteacher is crucial as well as understanding data, the SEF and SDP. I am currently chair of Netherfield CEP School which is a small rural primary school near Battle. 

As a NLG I am independent and although I sometimes work for the LA or Diocese, I can be approached independently which means that any feedback or reports are confidential to the governing body. 

I am friendly and easy to work with so please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any more information. 

Jenny Dudgeon: dudgeonjenny@gmail.com

07748 701897

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