LLE Local Leader of Education

Lisa Needham – Director of Primary

LLE (2012), B ED (Hons), NPQH

Lisa Needham has worked in mainstream primary schools for 31 years. Lisa has been an Executive Principal of Coppice and Roundthorn Academies as part of Focus Trust for 5 years, and has been Headteacher of Roundthorn since September 2007, with the drive and passion to do the right things for children and families in her care. During those 11 years, Lisa has led Roundthorn School through two Ofsted inspections receiving Satisfactory in October 2007 and then Outstanding in 2011. She has also as Executive Principal at Coppice Academy taken the school from Serious Weaknesses to receiving a judgement of Good in 2015.

Lisa has a strong moral imperative and a very clear vision that ensures that children receive the very best education which is rich in learning experiences, accelerating progress and improving outcomes for all.She has a strong drive, commitment and skills in developing other leaders, staff and governors  enabling genuine distributive leadership, impacting positively on the improvements of their settings and skilling them to exceed their ambitions. Lisa is also an Executive Coach. The track record of results at both Roundthorn and Coppice evidences that Lisa’s leadership is impactful in terms of academic outcomes and personal development and wellbeing of all learners including staff and parents.

Lisa supports the system in a range of other mainstream settings as an LLE and strongly believes in system leadership. She is a dedicated and hardworking system leader who is an Oldham Opportunity Area lead headteacher, has until recently been the Chair of the Oldham Schools Alliance (OSA) involved in the restructure of the Association of Primary Heads in response to the changing national policy context in relation to developing a self-improving school system. Lisa was a Commissioner on the Oldham Education and Skills Commission and now supports the school improvement group, identifying and brokering support for vulnerable schools.