National Leaders in Education

Applications for the National Leaders of Education are now open!

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Please submit your application by Friday 23 September 2016 at 5pm.

National Leaders of Education (NLEs) are outstanding headteachers or principals who, together with the staff in their schools (Designated National Support Schools (NSS)), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.


Julie Slater - Chief Executive, Outwood Institute of Education

Julie Slater is Chief Executive of Outwood Institute of Education (OIE), Executive Principal for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education. She has a proven track record of leading an Outstanding school as Principal at Ou...

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Sally Lowe

Sally Lowe is a headteacher of a small infant school in a deprived area of Wakefield. She has been headteacher at Girnhill Infant School since April 2002; before that she was deputy headteacher in a largely Asian school in Manchester and since Sep...

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Sue Vickerman

Sue has been Principal of Gawthorpe Community Academy in Wakefield for the last 12 years. Her school has received two consecutive judgements of outstanding and has been a consistently high performing school for the last 10 years. In 2009 she w...

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