Local Leaders of Education (LLE) and National Leaders of Education (NLE) strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. LLEs and NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most.

Warrington has a range of designated LLEs and NLEs, some of them are featured below:

Mrs Louise Smith (NLE)

Louise is an educationalist with over 20 years experience. She has had considerable leadership experience as a Head teacher in three different primary schools, one having been judged in its latest inspection as outstanding in all areas. She has excellent inter-personal skills, embraces the changing education policy landscape and is currently undertaking the role of an Executive Head teacher for 2 schools while leading the strategic direction of Warrington Teaching School Alliance and CEO of the new Warrington Primary Academy Trust.

She is a NLE and has worked with the local authority in assessing schools for the Basic Skills Quality Mark. She is an active OFTED Additional Inspector and has been since 2014.

Louise is an inspirational, energetic and highly motivated leader, sharing her vision, enthusiasm and commitment to achieving excellence across the North West. Her specific areas of expertise are within KS1 and KS2 in schools that have significant socio economic barriers.

Mrs Penny Johnson (LLE)

Having spent 15 years as a Primary Headteacher Penny has significant experience working in faith schools, having led through multiple SIAMS inspections and in multi-ethnic schools located in areas of high deprivation and challenge.

Trained by the Nation College as an LLE, Penny has supported several schools in challenging cicumstances, working with Heads and governors to write action plans and offer support through HMI visits.

An experienced Basic Skills reviewer and a trained Pupil Premium reviewer Penny conducts several reviews at Primary and Secondary levels a term.

Penny also regularly mentors new Headteachers in their first headship post, supporting them through their first Ofsted inspection.

Lesley Sweeney (LLE)

Current School: Ravenbank Community Primary School, Lymm, Warrington

Key Achievements: To be consistently graded as Ofsted ‘outstanding, since 2008, to be awarded The Inclusion Mark and recognised as a Centre of Excellence, to have supported senior leaders to secure Deputy Headship & Headship posts

Examples of School Support: Local Authority executive Headteacher role at a school in special measures, Liverpool Diocese SIAMs inspector and associate advisor with a specific remit of strengthening leadership

Key Skills: Inspiring a love of learning, developing others, personal drive & resilience

A Headteacher since September 2004. Lesley has worked in two very different schools: Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School, a 1.5 entry faith school serving an area of significant deprivation and Ravenbank Community Primary School, a large successful village primary school in an affluent area of south Warrington. Lesley has also provided school to school support as a LA executive Headteacher, supporting a school in special measures to secure satisfactory progress in all areas at its first HMI monitoring visit.

In 2015 Lesley secured over 60% of Year 6 attained a level 5 in all areas with a progress score in the 6th percentile. Most recent KS2 data remains well above the national average for both attainment & progress, with all groups performing well in comparison with all schools and similar schools. In the last 3 years numbers have grown and the school is currently over-subscribed. The number of children with additional needs including Education & Health Care Plans has increased significantly in the last 3 years. Ravenbank recently went through the external accreditation process for the Inclusion Mark and was recommended as a centre of excellence.

Lesley offers support in a number of aspects of school leadership including; inclusion, securing whole school commitment to school improvement, raising attainment through holistic performance management and developing SMSC skills & values for life in a community school.

Anne Mains (LLE)

Anne has been a Headteacher for twelve years including Headship of two rural small schools in Lancashire. She is now Headteacher of Croft Primary School in Warrington.

Anne has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Moderator and mentor for new Headteachers.She has also supported Headteachers in the ‘Closing the Gap’ project with great success.

With a strong interest in school improvement Anne has been involved in Teaching School Alliances, including Warrington Teaching School Alliance and has offered strong System Leadership support and provided training and mentoring for less experienced leaders.

Anne can offer support in many areas including leadership and management, assessment, early years, developing subject leadership, self-evaluation and planning for school improvement.

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