National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

The aim of national leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.  This is one part of the government's plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school system. Only head teachers from Outstanding schools are able to apply. 

If you would like some support from an NLE please contact us to discuss your requirements: / 01249 712387

Fiona Allen (Executive Head teacher at Corsham Primary School)

Fiona started her teaching career in a wonderful school in Sheffield.  It was within this environment that she learned the "art" of teaching and formed the educational values, beliefs and visions that have shaped her professional life.  Three headships later, Fiona is still passionate about education: she is the Executive Headteacher of Corsham Primary School and Chief Executive of Pickwick Learning, a new developing academy sponsor and Teaching School.

In 2006 Fiona became a National Leader of Education and enjoys supporting schools in challenging circumstances.  In this role she has taken on three additional headships as Acting Headteacher while the Governing Body made arrangements to appoint a permanent head.  Over her 24 years of headship Fiona has been heavily involved in the training and development of staff and is passionate about leadership and management which she believes is key to a successful school.

Fiona has worked on several DfE national working parties and committees which has helped shape her strategic understanding of the education world.  Fiona is a trained OFSTED inspector and has recent experience of inspecting schools under the new framework (2015).

Outside of education Fiona is a supporter of Bath Rugby Club and she likes nothing more than relaxing with her three sons, husband and two rescue greyhounds.


Tracy Cornelius (Head teacher at Kington St Michael CE Primary School)

I started my career with 7 years at a small village school (Seagry). I then had the wonderful experience of teaching at a British International School in Penang,Malaysia. I was Head of Key Stage 1 in this school of 500. There were 23 different nationalities within the school so it was a challenging but fascinating experience.

On my return to the UK I was appointed Deputy Head at Lyneham Infants School. As an RAF child myself, I understand the challenges faced by forces schools. I was Acting Head for 2 years and took the school through the physical build and development of the amalgamation of the Infant and Junior schools. 

I am now the Head of Kington St Michael CE School and have been here for 10 years. I work with other schools as a School Improvement Advisor and work with both strong and successful schools and those in challenging circumstances. 

I also support new headteachers as part of the mentor scheme. I am the Chair of the Primary Heads Forum in Wiltshire, ensuring that the views and needs of headteachers is heard and acted upon by working alongside the Local Authority and other schools in the county. As a National Leader of Education, I enjoy working with other schools on a range of development and improvement areas.  I have experience of supporting schools with Headteacher recruitment and Performance Management, and providing challenge and support programmes. 

As a National Support School, I also relish the opportunity to develop and support my staff as they use their experience and expertise to support other schools and colleagues.

No two days are the same, every day is a challenge and every day you learn something new!


Bev Ball (Head teacher at By Brook Valley CE Primary School)

I spent the whole of myteaching career in Wiltshire.  During these years as a teacher, I taught across the whole primary age range, including in EYFS.  Also, I have  worked for the Local Authority SEN team and held the post of SENCo in two schools.  This has given me a broad and detailed understanding of learning and of effective ways to support colleagues to maximising the impact of their teaching on outcomes for all groups of learners. 

Before becoming Head of By Brook Valley, I was Deputy Head in both an infant and a primary school.  Both posts included periods of acting headship providing leadership stability prior to permanent head teachers being appointed. Between September 2015 and August 2116 I was also the Executive Head for Sherston Primary School, providing secure leadership and a focus on continued school development pending the appointment of a substantive head.

In 2010, I became a Local Leader of Education beginning the extension of my career into school support.  From this date on I have worked both as an LLE and a Local Authority Support Advisor, becoming a National Leader of Education in 2017.  Across all of these roles much of my work has been focused on supporting schools in challenging circumstances, building leadership capacity and developing systems and structures focused on successful school improvement.

Away from school, I love to read and relax with family and friends - and also enjoy retail therapy! 




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