National Leaders of Education

National leaders of education (NLEs) are outstanding headteachers or principals who, together with the staff in their schools (designated national support schools (NSS)), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances.


Mrs Pauline Price B.A Hons, PGCE (Goldsmiths)

Pauline is the Executive Headteacher of the Huish Academy Trust.  Prior to this she was Headteacher at Huish Primary School for 11 years. During that time the school moved from a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement to ‘Outstanding’ in 2009. Huish Primary converted to academy status in December 2013 under her leadership.  Pauline has been a Headteacher since 2001 and her previous school was St Marys Primary School in Bridport. She joined this school in 2001, when the school was at its lowest point in over 10 years. It was inspected in 2003, and achieved a satisfactory judgement ‘This is an improving school which is beginning to benefit from the good leadership and management skills of the Headteacher’. The next Ofsted report, in 2007, was ‘good’. As a National Leader of Education, she has developed her team to be able to support teachers and leaders in other schools across Somerset as well as develop an impressive teaching team at Huish, which is a National Support school. Huish is also the lead school in The Wessex Teaching School, and Pauline leads this alliance, together with her strategic partners. Pauline completed her training to become an Ofsted inspector for Tribal in 2013, and has taken part in a number of inspections. Due to the school’s high performance in terms of children receiving Pupil Premium funding, Pauline was invited to become a Pupil Premium Reviewer by the National College of Teaching and Leadership, which involves assisting other schools in improving outcomes for these children, and began this role in Spring 2015.


Bernie Green (Bed Hons/NPQH) 

Bernie is the CEO of the Preston Primary Academy Trust.  Prior to this she was Head teacher at Preston Primary for 9 years, taking the school from a “satisfactory” judgement prior to her arrival, to “outstanding” in January 2012.  She was key in the decision to convert to Academy status in November 2013.  Prior to this appointment at Preston, Bernie was Head teacher at Abbas and Templecombe Primary School for 9 years.  This school was awarded an outstanding Judgement in 2006 and 2009.  Her track record in school improvement is unquestionable.  As a National Leader of Education, she has been involved in supporting school improvement in many schools over the past 13 years; initially through programmes such as the ISP (Improving School Programme).  Bernie is committed to a collaborative approach in providing an excellent education for all pupils.  As joint lead in the Wessex Teaching School she plans and delivers Leadership and School improvement training across Somerset.  Sponsorship of other schools is a natural development of this work.  During her 9 years at PPS she has developed a strong, capable team who are enthusiastic and excited about the prospect of sponsorships through a Multi Academy Trust structure.

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