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Our LLEs

LLEs (Local Leaders of Education) are successful Headteachers who work alongside other school leaders 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 to another Headteacher and their school with the aim of school improvement.

The role is flexible, and based on context and may involve:

• Coaching and supporting a new Headteacher who would benefit from assistance in the transition period to maintain momentum in their school’s improvement
• Offering peer challenge and support to a Headteacher to ensure impact in school improvement strategies
• Conducting a diagnostic assessment to gain understanding of the extent of a schools need
• Providing focused support to a school identified through the inspection framework as “requires improvement” or vulnerable to under-performance.

Local Leaders of Education will also support a Governing Body with conducting Headteacher Performance Management.

Our Team

Meet our Local Leaders of Education:

Paul Hill

Director of Primary Education for C.I.T Academies

Having been in education for the past 18 years, Paul has accomplished the roles of Teacher, Headteacher and Executive Head. Now as a Director of Education for a MAT Trust, Paul completes regular health checks across primary schools. He ensures the schools are supported and challenged, and deliver the best education to their pupils.

James Ellis

Headteacher of Foxfields Academy

James has been Headteacher of Ambergate Sports College, an Outstanding Specialist school for pupils from Primary through to Secondary, for the last 5 years and has just moved to open a new free school for SEMH pupils (Foxfields Academy). Discovering a passion to work with pupils who have additional needs, James feels very strongly about providing a balanced education for all, regardless of ability.

Laura Cook

Headteacher of Wyndham Park Nursery School

Laura is Headteacher of an Outstanding Nursery School in Grantham. The school is one of only 400 maintained Nursery Schools in the country. Prior to this Laura spent 14 years as a class teacher, key stage leader and member of SLT at both an infant school and a large primary school in Lincoln. Her Foundation Stage Unit was used as a model of good practice by the Local Authority and received recognition in the National Nursery World Awards as an Enabling Environment. Laura has also served as a Foundation Stage Moderator for Birth to Five. Laura enjoys supporting other schools and settings to help ensure the children are getting the best education possible.

Rebecca King

Associate Headteacher of C.I.T Academies

Rebecca is an Associate Headteacher for C.I.T. She has 25 years experience in education with 10 of those years as a Headteacher. Her length of experience supports school development across Lincolnshire with her work as an LLE and Ofsted Inspector. She advises the Trust on standards across their mainstream primary schools.

Kate Hodson

Headteacher of Poplar Farm Primary School

Kate is the Headteacher at Poplar Farm Primary School. She has 20 years’ experience of education in a variety of schools in Lincolnshire and London. For the past 12 years, Kate has been a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher in both MAT and Maintained primary schools, and has enjoyed supporting leaders in other schools. Kate is passionate about opportunities and experiences for all children to enrich their learning and believes all primary aged children should be taught through first hand experiences, including outdoor learning and activities with international schools. Poplar Farm School has recently been shortlisted for a TES award in the community and collaboration category.

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