Local leaders of education (LLE)


Local Leaders of education (LLE)

Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) are successful Headteachers who work as system leaders to support school improvement. LLEs are all serving Headteachers who have been trained to support fellow Headteachers through a coaching and mentoring approach, acting as a critical friend. LLEs have been made and continue to make a significant contribution to supporting schools since the programme was introduced. 

LLEs are brokered through the Teaching School via a School-to-School Support request. 

Please contact us at the Quantock Teaching Alliance should you wish to discuss how an LLE can help your school.

Naomi Philp
Headteacher of Dunster First School and Timberscombe CofE First School 

Naomi has worked in education for over 20 years and has been a senior leader working on school improvement for 15 years.  Naomi started her career in the secondary phase of education and was a senior leader in secondary for many years prior to moving to primary. 


As Head teacher of Dunster First School Naomi has established capacity to support and lead other settings, Naomi is also currently Head teacher of Timberscombe CofE First School and has provided leadership for other schools. Successfully leading schools through Ofsted and SIAMs inspections.

Naomi is passionate about the local area, having grown up in Somerset, her commitment and belief in the people and children is unwavering. Naomi has gained experience outside of the county, having worked in London and Kent and visited education systems in other countries such as Singapore and America.

As a trained behavioural specialist, and with subject specialisms in English, Drama and Art including a distinction level Masters in Leadership and Management of Learning Naomi is an avid supporter of action research and uses this to develop the best possible practices in her schools.  Naomi believes success lies in the shared responsibility therefore focusses on developing strong teams providing individuals with opportunities to flourish through working together.

Moving to the primary phase was a result of Naomi’s passion and belief in the positive impact that a strong early years provision has on a child’s development and future success. 

This unique perspective and understanding of the whole education of a child means Naomi is well placed to support and improve standards across varied settings and schools.  Naomi has supported developments beyond her school, from producing the Professional Development pathways for the Opportunity Area, to a County wide SEND review of Core Standards from 0-25 for Somerset.  Naomi is also a coach for Women in Leadership.

Naomi believes education is the hope for a better future for our children, but also for our society and as such is keen to support and develop other leaders, teams and systems to ensure all children can access the best possible provision.

Helen Farnell
Executive Headteacher of the Elmwood and Penrose Federation

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As Executive Headteacher of the Elmwood & Penrose Federation, Helen provides the headship for both Elmwood and Penrose Schools.  From September 2019, she will also provide the interim Headship for The Bridge School (Pupil Referral Unit for Sedgemoor). She has provided leadership support for other schools since working at the Federation.

Helen is passionate about staff development and has adopted a coaching and mentoring style of leadership at the Federation which focuses on CPD, staff being reflective and evaluative of their own practice and everyone being the best they can be.

Working regionally with SWALSS (South West Alliance for Leaders in Special Schools) Helen has developed and leads a Leadership & Management Course for Middle and Senior Leaders within Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units alongside Mainstream SENCO’s.

Having worked in the field of SEND for over 20 years, she has worked extensively supporting mainstream schools in the area of SEND. Supporting with curriculum design, staffing. organisation and CPD, she has helped schools to reduce exclusions, improve attendance and build confidence and skills in staff teams.

As a trained SEND Reviewer, Helen can support leadership teams to review and evaluate the effectiveness of SEND support in schools and help to shape, change and build more capacity to meet the needs of local children.