Better Together

A Special Teaching School Alliance


Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)


LLEs are experienced headteachers who coach or mentor new headteachers or headteachers whose schools are in challenging circumstances.

You should contact an LLE if you are a new headteacher, or an existing headteacher interested in a leadership coach.

Schools that are a priority for support are those where:

  • attainment is below the minimum standards set out by the government
  • the school is considered to be at risk of not achieving the minimum standards of attainment or going into special measures
  • a new, first-time headteacher has been appointed

Local leaders of education work primarily one-to-one with another headteacher.

Typical activities include:

  • negotiating objectives for improvement
  • coaching and mentoring the headteacher to develop skills, judgement and professional effectiveness
  • supporting or arranging coaching or training for key staff in the supported school



In most cases, your school or local authority will need to pay for the LLE’s time. Any payments will be negotiated between you and the LLE’s school.


Time commitment for you and/or your staff

The LLE could work with you for 6 months to 3 years. During that time, you would normally spend between half a day and 1 day a week with them.

Some of this time can be spent by members of the LLE’s staff working with your own (for example, a deputy head working with your deputy).