National & Local Leaders of Education

What are LLEs?
LLEs are successful Headteachers who, in addition to leading their own schools, work alongside other Heads and leaders to raise attainment and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained. LLEs can be deployed in a variety of ways and each deployment can be tailored to suit the needs of the school receiving support. LLEs also act as professional partners, providing bespoke support to school leaders.

HEART Teaching School Alliance has a wide range of expertise and can offer bespoke support to your school. We can broker and oversee the deployment of system leaders in order to support your school on its journey to success. To request quality assured support for your school, please contact us.

Martin Johnson

NLE: Sacred Heart is a National Teaching School and National Support School. Our Catholic Senior Executive Leader is a National Leader of Education (NLE).

NLEs are officially accredited and appointed as system leaders to both support and improve the quality of education and leadership in schools across the country.

Martin Johnson has led Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School & HEART Teaching School Alliance, Westhoughton, since January 2006. He has been chair of the SSAT Primary Advisory Board since 2013, and has presented at several national conferences on curriculum and innovation. As a Diocesan Leader of Education (NLE) with the Diocese of Salford, Martin is seconded (3 days / week) to lead system support & CPDF for schools across the Diocese, undertakes Section 48 inspections, pastoral visits and represents the Diocese on senior leadership appointment panels; He spent two years co-ordinating the work of the North West Catholic Dioceses Training Partnership, and leads the organising team for Catholic Middle Leadership Programme and aspiring to leadership conferences. He is an inaugural member of the National School of Formation, experiencing the power of Catholic Social Teaching in action during several transformative visits, including to Northern Ireland & the Philippines. Heart TSA are partners with EducareM, greatly involved with the Building the Kingdom programme.
Martin’s specialisms include leadership & curriculum innovation, including outdoor learning and use of media. Sacred Heart has over 400 pupils on roll from Reception to Year 6, and also has an urban farm on site, with a focus on stewardship. The Sacred Heart Alliance ITT school direct programme operates from the school.  Sacred Heart is exploring academy conversion, and from September 2019, Martin will be seconded for 2 days / week as interim Catholic Senior Executive Leader (CSEL) of the St Teresa of Calcutta CMAT.

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Local Leaders of Education (LLE’s) are experienced, effective Headteachers who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

The HEART LLE application window is not currently open.

All enquiries should be directed to Heart TSA.

LLE application form