National leaders of education (NLE)

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.

Karen Canham
BA (Joint Hons), PGCE, MA, NPQH

Chief Executive Officer of Quantock Education Trust
Executive Headteacher at Haygrove School

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  • Appointed as Headteacher at Haygrove School in 2008, having previously been in post as Deputy Headteacher at King Arthur’s in Wincanton.

  • Has worked in secondary schools in Hampshire, Surrey and Somerset in teaching roles specialising in MFL, and in a middle and senior leadership capacity.

  • Leadership strength is building strong teams and a culture for school improvement.

Karen is a coach for the ‘Women in Leading Education’ programme and a member of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Karen is currently a member of the South West MAT School Improvement Working Group. Previously, Karen held the post of School Improvement Adviser in North Somerset, working across a range of secondary schools. She spent three years in North Somerset as Key Stage 3 Strategy Manager, developing networks for professional development. As a NLE Karen has supported leaders in both primary and secondary settings.


If you would like to discuss how you can work with Karen through her NLE role and how she can support your school/setting, please contact the Quantock Teaching Alliance.