Local Leader of Education (LLE) programme

Local Leader of Education Programme (Pilot)

Background to the Teaching School Network of Alliances

Our bid for the LLE pilot was submitted by four teaching school alliances, working collaboratively across Cambridgeshire, and into Suffolk and Peterborough.  CATSA (Comberton Village College), CATTSA (Swavesey Village College, Histon and Impington Junior School and Parkside Federation), CASSA (Linton Village College and Castle Manor) and Anglian Gateway (Bottisham Village College, Ditton Lodge Primary and Swaffham Bulbeck Primary) all agreed to submit the bid jointly.

All four teaching school alliances are currently working collaboratively as members of a single steering group focusing on school to school support and SLE deployments. The group also offers the LA, HMI and Dioceses a single opportunity to engage effectively with all teaching school alliances in the county. It is the intention of the steering group to build on the successes with SLEs through the LLE pilot process.

New pilot of the LLE programme

The pilot will test a range of approaches and models, including working regionally with the Teaching Schools Council. The models will be evaluated to inform future recommendations regarding the potential devolvement of the programme. National recruitment will not take place during the pilot. Teaching schools participating in the pilot will lead local recruitment rounds during this time.

For more information about the pilot email lle.pilot@education.gsi.gov.uk.

For more information about LLEs, email local.leaders@education.gsi.gov.uk.



We hope to open a new round of applications later in the Spring term 2016. We will announce it on this website, so please re-visit to check.

Applications are welcomed from experienced headteachers who meet the criteria to become an LLE. Those who regard themselves as not currently eligible, but perhaps working towards the eligibility, are still encouraged to complete an application and make it clear their status on their form.

Application to become an LLE is by completing an application form available here.

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria listed here.

You also need to provide details of a referee to support your application. Your application must be supported by a reference from a sponsor who can comment on your ability to take on the role and commits to deploying you, should you be successful. Those eligible to provide a reference are:

  • a DCS or second tier officer from your LA
  • a Senior Representative form your Diocese
  • Headteacher of a teaching school
  • Headteacher of a teaching school alliance strategic partner, which has responsibility for school to school support.

Please send your completed application form to :

Jo Gent

Teaching School Administrator: jgent@swaveseyvc.co.uk

(Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambs CB24 4RS)

If you have any queries on the application process, do not hesitate to ring Jo Gent on 01954 234438.

Assessment process:

There are a number of stages to the assessment process, including:

  • an initial verification of all data provided in Part A of your application , designed to ensure that all proposed LLEs meet the eligibility criteria
  • assessment of Part B by an experienced team of professionals involved in school to school support
  • review of the reference received 
  • a final designation panel representing our Teaching School Alliances.


 Key dates

  • Application round open: TBA
  • Application round closes: TBA
  • Decisions communicated by: TBA
  • Induction: dates to be confirmed


Vision for the LLE Pilot Programme

The local leaders of education engaged in the pilot will become part of a developing system leader network. Our vision is that all of the existing LLEs across Cambridgeshire will work with Teaching School Alliances (TSA) and that we will use the experience of existing LLEs and TSAs to develop and designate new LLEs, working as a system leadership network and in partnership with the local authority and HMI.

The LLE delivery model will not stand in isolation but be part of a continuum of provision and an integral part of the System Leadership Partnership across the sub-region, with schools accessing and contributing to support at SLE, LLE, NLE and NLG level, and individual leaders being identified and developed through each stage.

The delivery of the LLE programme will build on the structures and successes of the SLE programme. All Teaching School Alliances have been working proactively with LAs and HMI ensuring 100% deployment of over 100 SLEs: with significant evidence of impact across all phases and a wide geographical area.

A System Leadership Partnership involving representatives from LAs, TSAs, HMI, Diocese and other key stakeholders will develop from the current TSA School to School Support steering groups which at present oversee SLE recruitment, designation, brokerage and deployment, but would evolve to oversee the LLE delivery programme as well.

LLEs will work in clusters with a designated NLE to support their development as system leaders, share practice, quality assure provision and evaluate impact in line with an agreed framework and set of competencies.