Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding Middle and Senior leaders (including Assistant Headteachers, Subject Leaders or School Business Managers) with at least 2 years’ experience in a particular field of expertise. SLEs have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools, or to develop and deliver training on behalf of a Teaching School Alliance. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context, for example through data analysis, coaching or joint action planning.
Teaching schools are responsible for the recruitment, assessment, designation, brokerage and quality assurance of SLEs. The SLE’s school will receive reimbursement for the SLE’s time out of school.
What are the benefits of being a SLE?
- Receive training in how to coach and support other leaders
- Become part of a network of outstanding leaders
- Opportunities to work independently, to be creative and try out new ideas
- Moral purpose: showing commitment to improving outcomes for all children
- Develop and share your expertise; and at the same time learn from effective practice in other schools
- Development of skills and knowledge that can benefit their own school.
SLE specialisms can range from expert subject knowledge to whole-school strands such as SEND, attendance or business management.
SLEs are at the heart of the principle of a teaching school alliance – leaders who share knowledge and best practice to help other teachers and schools improve.
Linwood TSA is building a bank of SLEs with expertise and experience across all aspects of SEND.
Linwood TSA Specialist Leaders of Education
Please see the individual pen portraits of our SLEs for their areas of expertise :
Mrs Kate Tuck
School: St Luke’s CE Primary
Role: Deputy Headteacher & SENCo
SLE Specialism: SEND
Responsibilities: Deputy Headteacher, SEND & Inclusion, part-time year 1 class teacher
About me: For many years, my passion has been the support & development of SEND, both in terms of children’s progress & staff expertise.
School: Langside School
Role: Lower School Phase Leader
SLE specialism/s: PMLD and EYFS
Responsibilities: Monitor planning, recording and assessment for pupils with PMLD across the lower school, Reporting on assessment in the EYFS to the LA Advisor, Supporting transition to school for all new pupils.
About me: I am passionate about ensuring the most vulnerable children and young people within our community are given the very best opportunities enabling them to achieve their potential.
Mrs Emma Brookes
School: St. Katharine’s C.E. Primary School
Role: Teaching & Learning Leader
SLE specialism/s: Science
Responsibilities: Leading teaching and learning, science leader, Y5 class teacher, appraisal team leader, school to school support
About me: I am passionate about science and have been committed to ensuring that science teaching and learning is outstanding, engaging and exciting in all of the schools I have worked in and supported.
School: St Katharine’s Primary School
Role: Year 4 teacher, Maths Leader
SLE specialism/s: Maths
Responsibilities: Leading maths across the school, member of SLT, School Governor, Teaching and Learning Leader, Maths Mastery Specialist
About me: I enjoy teaching and leading maths (along with other subjects) and I like to find new ways to make the subject fun and to help pupils engage within the lessons.
School: St. Katharine’s Primary School
Role: Deputy Head Teacher
SLE specialism/s: English
Responsibility: Leading Teaching and Learning, English Leader, Assessment, TA Line Manager, Pupil Premium, Safeguarding
About me: My passion is working with colleagues to enable them to create a learning culture and experiences that will enable pupils to become independent and resilient readers and writers.
School: St Katharine’s CE Primary School
Role: Assistant Headteacher
SLE specialism/s: Physical Education
Responsibilities: Assistant Headteacher, Year 2 class teacher, PE leader, TA training, Pupil Progress and Attainment (EY-6)
About me: I am committed to providing children with an opportunity to experience a fantastic, engaging and positive physical education to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle.
School: St Katharine’s C.E Primary School
Role: Assistant head
SLE specialism/s: Early Years/ phonics
Responsibilities: Early Years class teacher, Early Years Leader, Early Years moderator. I am also responsible for raising standards in pupil progress across the whole school.
About me: I am incredibly passionate about providing high quality learning experiences so that children can flourish.
School: Linwood School
Role: Deputy Head teacher
SLE specialism/s: SENCO Training, Preparing for Adulthood, AfL. P16 Curriculums
Responsibilities: Senior & Post 16 Phase at Linwood School, Health & Safety, LOTC, Data analysis
About me: A straight talking individual who believes that every student has the potential to succeed.
School: Linwood School
Role: Assistant Head teacher
SLE specialism/s: Keeping Children Safe, Behaviour, PSHE
Responsibilities: DSL for Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attendance and PSHE
About me: I am passionate about promoting the health and well-being of staff and pupils as a foundation to good learning outcomes.
School: Heathlands Primary School
Role: Wellbeing Lead / P.E. Co-ordinator
SLE specialism/s: Behaviour and P.E.
Responsibilities: Wellbeing Lead which covers physical and mental wellbeing for pupils and staff. Physical Education Lead. Behavior adviser.
About me: Positive, energetic, experienced and successful.
School: St Clements & St John’s & Bethany CE Infant and Primary Schools
Role: Senior Leader, Specialist Leader of Education, Spirituality and Ethos and Specialist Music Lead across Ocean Trust schools, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Coaching Champion.
SLE specialism/s: RE (+ Spirituality and Ethos), Music
About me: I am passionate about seeing lives transformed through a value-focused learning community rich in relationship; a metacognitive coaching culture, where learning is fun and self- directed, where grasp of purpose leads to an Ethic of Excellence.
School: Linwood School
Role: Media and Music Technology subject co-ordinator
SLE specialism/s: The use of Music Technologies and Media to enhance the learning experiences (and access opportunities) of all pupils across all areas of the curriculum.
Responsibilities: Evaluation of existing technologies and implementation of new software and hardware to support the learning of a wide demographic of pupils within an SEND setting. Regular contributor to action research projects within Dorset, working alongside professionals from industry and engineering to trial new technologies and teaching methodology.
About me: I am a creative individual who believes that it is our duty to provide our young people with the tools to communicate effectively.