Better Together

A Special Teaching School Alliance


National leaders of education (NLEs)


NLEs are outstanding headteachers who work with schools in challenging circumstances to support school improvement.

Because their support role will often include members of their own staff, the school of a national leader of education is called a national support school.

You should contact an NLE if you want to improve performance at your school. They will meet with the headteacher and senior staff from your school to discuss the challenges you face and what help is needed. Their work will be tailored in partnership with you.

They can get involved in different ways, including:

  • working with your school alongside their staff
  • working with your school on their own
  • their staff working with your school under their initial direction



There may well be costs, depending on what type of support you need. Any payments will be negotiated between you and the NLE’s school.


If you wish to use the services of an NLE please contact the teaching school


The Better Together Alliance is led by Rob Thompson NLE and Headteacher of Henry Tyndale School until April 2019 and now leading the Better Together Teaching School as Executive Director.

Rob has experience of supporting special schools in challenging situations and is a consultant on the use of pupil progress data for school improvement