NLEs are National Leaders of Education. They are recognised by the Department for Education as strong school leaders with experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances.
NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. The type of support provided is flexible. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.
We have two NLEs within the Teaching Alliance of Dorset Special Schools.
Headteacher of Westfield Arts College
Seán is Headteacher at Westfield Arts College, a 4-19 Dorset special school in Weymouth. He joined the school in September 2018. Westfield Arts College serves the needs of 180 pupils with moderate/complex learning difficulties and autism. Prior to joining Westfield, Seán was Headteacher at Yewstock School for 7 years, where he raised the school to ‘Outstanding’ status and introduced a highly effective coaching culture to develop a confident, forward looking staff team. Before that he worked as Headteacher of St Giles School in Croydon which provided for pupils with physical disabilities and complex medical needs. He began his career as a mainstream primary teacher before becoming a special school class teacher.
Seán was appointed a National Leader of Education since February 2015 and has valued his experiences of giving various settings his expertise and advice on a range of issues related both to effective leadership and to the challenges of working for best practice for pupils with SEND.
He can offer specialist advice on:
Jackie Shanks is currently Head of Mountjoy School, which caters for 81 pupils, aged from 2 years 6 months to 19 years old, with a range of complex needs including ASD, PMLD, SLD and MLD.
She has a wide experience and deep knowledge of teaching and working with pupils who have complex emotional needs and behaviour and also developing staff teams to work positively and effectively with them.
Previously, she was the Head Teacher of a day maintained SEBD school and an independent school for pupils with complex needs, where she was also responsible for the management of five care locations.
Jackie can offer specialist advice on:
For more information on how to book an NLE or SLE, please click here http://tadss.co.uk/sles/book-an-sle/