National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

National Leaders of Education (NLEs) are outstanding headteachers who, together with the staff in their schools (designated national support schools 'NSS'), use their skills and experience to support other schools. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

Name of NLE : Russel Ellicott

Current Position: Head Teacher Pates Grammar School

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    • Appointed as Head Teacher at Pate’s Grammar School in 2012 having joined the school as Deputy Head in 2008.
    • Pate’s secured an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in 2013 and became a Teaching School later that year. Since then the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance has grown to become one of the most prominent in the South West.
    • Has supported a number of schools, and school leaders in the region – including those brokered by the RSC and the SW Headteacher Board. Russel was asked to join the regional School Improvement Partnership Board by the RSC in 2015.
    • Russel has been a facilitator for NPQML and NPQSL, and was also part of a group that set up bespoke leadership training for Senior Leaders in Gloucestershire.  Pate’s has hosted a significant number of NPQH placements since 2010.
    • Designated NLE in 2016
    • Russel sits on the board of the Leading Edge organisation (a national group that represents over 300 ’Outstanding’ schools), is a Director of GASH (Gloucestershire Association of Headteachers), and is currently the Chair of the Grammar School Head’s Association.

Name of NLE : Claire Savory

Current Position: Co-Head Teacher Rowanfield Junior School (RJS) and Springbank Primary Academy (SPA)

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  • Appointed as Head Teacher at Rowanfield Junior School in September 2005. New leadership team in place - focus on new ambitious vision to raise aspirations and standards brought about the first OFSTED grading of the school as outstanding by January 2008. Co-Headship model in place since January 2010. 2 subsequent inspections (May 2011 and January 2014) graded the school as ‘Outstanding’
  • Employed as Intervention Consultant by the Local Authority since February 2009 to work with 2 other Head teachers to provide leadership of Arthur Dye Primary School (now renamed Springbank Primary Academy – SPA) as a result of Special Measures (2 days per week).
  • Co-Head teacher of Springbank Primary Academy from January 2010 – x2 subsequent OFSTED inspections graded the school as ‘good’ with outstanding leadership.
  • Supporting a range of schools to improve outcomes either from ‘satisfactory’ schools to ‘Good’ (Bourton-on-the-water) or ‘Good’ schools who are seeking to improve (Linden Primary School).
  • Designated NLE & Professional Partner in 2010
  • Converted RJS and SPA to academy status in August 2011.
  • Supported in various settings (all in Special Measures) as a National Leader of Education (NLE) and National Support School (NSS) – Archway Secondary School in Stroud, Amberley Ridge BESD school Nr Stroud, Calton Junior School in Gloucester, St. Anne’s Junior School in Bristol, Kings Stanley Primary School Nr Stroud.
  • Formed the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance (GLA) Multi Academy Trust with RJS/ SPA and Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy
  • Designed and delivered bespoke leadership training for GLA staff
  • Hosted 9 successful NPQH placements
  • NPQSL/ NPQML facilitator

Name of NLE : Steve Savory

Current position : Executive Principal (CEO) of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance and Headteacher of Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy.

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  • Headteacher with an excellent track record of school improvement for 20 years.
  • As an LLE and NLE I have worked with vulnerable schools since 2007 supporting system leadership. This is in Gloucestershire and neighbouring authorities.
  • I have supported a number of schools out of special measures; this included a time of Executive Headship.
  • Ex- Ofsted inspector
  • NPQH tutor, assessor and trainer where I was involved in course development and writing. I currently develop and deliver leadership training for the GLA.
  • National College leadership consultant
  • I was Chair of the Gloucestershire Primary Head’s Association for 10 years finishing in 2009 and vice-chair of the school forum for 12. During this time I designed Gloucestershire’s Needs Led Funding formula for primary and secondary schools.
  • I was a Professional Partner until this initiative recently ceased.

Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)

The aim of the Local Leaders of Education Programme is to improve pupil outcomes through partnership working between schools and academies. Local leaders of education (LLEs) are successful headteachers who work alongside other heads to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained. The role of the LLE is to work outside their own school, providing support and coaching to another headteacher, and their school, with the aim of school improvement.

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