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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.

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Our SLEs

Mrs Kate Tuck 


 School: Linwood School

 Role: Teaching School Director

 SLE Specialism: SEND in mainstream schools

 Responsibilities:  SEND & Inclusion

 About me: For many years, my passion has been the support & development of SEND, both in  terms of children’s progress & staff expertise.

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Nicki Priddle


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. 

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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.

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Louise Gadd


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.

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Sarah Richardson


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.

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Claire Bradley


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.

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Fiona Pollard


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.

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Teresa Brennan


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.

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Sue Bridle

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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.

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Steve Pill

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.

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Heather Torrens


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.

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Hannah Swarbrick


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. 

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Beth Kay


School: Victoria Education Centre

Role: Literacy Coordinator and Sensory Lead

SLE specialism/s: PMLD and English

Responsibilities: Monitor the planning recording and assessment of all sensory students age 3-19 and develop a new sensory curriculum. Coordinate planning, recording and assessment for literacy across keys stages 1-5. 

About me: I gain pleasure from and am driven by researching new ideas and initiatives and developing and implementing them in order to drive and improve practice in Literacy and Sensory education for the benefit of our very special student population.

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