National Leaders of Education

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.

Susannah Connell

Susannah Connell

Susannah has over 20 years’ experience in primary education in addition to a wide range of experience from retail management, and living and working in Germany. Beginning her education career as a classroom teacher, Susannah worked with children of all ages and used her expertise to train and support teaching staff at other schools and undergraduate students in local universities.

Since becoming a Headteacher in 2006, brought into a failing school by the Local Authority, Susannah has developed a bold curriculum at Middlefield which has been highly praised as “beyond outstanding” by inspectors. Early in 2012, Middlefield took on the direct support of Winhills Primary School and was again praised for the positive impact and strong leadership of the school in an OFSTED inspection two months later.

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust was formed in Summer of 2012 with Middlefield and Winhills Primary Academies as the founding schools, and Susannah as the Trust’s CEO.

Susannah is a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector. She is the St. Neots representative on Cambridgeshire Primary Heads , represents primary academies in Cambridgeshire on the schools Forum, is a member of the Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board and is the Chair of the Cambridgeshire Primary Academies Forum.