National Leaders of Education

NLEs are strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most.

Read more about our current National Leader of Education.

Dr Paul Hayman

Westcliff High School For Girls


Paul has been Headteacher at Westcliff High School for Girls, an Academy Grammar School, since January 2004 and was previously a Deputy Headteacher at a nearby boys’ school for just over 4 years. 

Ongoing challenges include maintaining high levels of examination performance and meeting the high levels of expectation placed on the school by its past examination success. In addition to requiring detailed pupil tracking with effective intervention systems, a great deal of emphasis is placed on continuous improvement to the quality of teaching and learning.

Paul has formed and established a MAT with 2 local primaries and 1 junior school. WHSG have also an established Teaching School Alliance (since 2012), become a Science Learning Partnership (2014) and recently become a Computer Science Hub (2019).

Paul has supported a number of schools both locally and further afield. This has been at the request of the schools themselves, the Local Authority or the Regional Schools Commission .

Paul has a tremendous amount of expertise and experience to offer schools. He is able to analyse data and overall school performance and offer advice and support to the Headteacher and Governing Body, as well as source appropriate , high quality support for the school.

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