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.

Helen Farnell
Executive Headteacher of the Elmwood and Penrose Federation

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.

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