SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education) are experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism (for example, Mathematics, ITT, Behaviour). The role is about developing other leaders so that they will have the skills to develop their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. You should consider utilising an SLE if you want to improve the leadership in a specific subject or specialist area within your school.
SLEs can provide one-to-one or group support. Their work could involve a variety of activities, such as: • data analysis
• facilitating and training
• joint action planning
• leadership development
Meet our Specialist Leaders of Education:
History Teacher – Carre’s Grammar School
Sally has been a History teacher for 20 years and in that time has been Head of History in three secondary schools. Sally has also been a Professional Tutor and mentor with ITT as well as Lead Teacher for teaching and learning. Sally is currently teaching History, is an SHP Fellow and a member of the Historical Association Secondary Committee. As well as work in schools, she runs workshops at national conferences and is currently involved in writing resources for a new Key Stage 3 textbook with Hodder Education.
Head of School – Ambergate Sports College
Ashley has worked within the SEN Education sector for the past 6 years. Now Head of School at a SEN Sports College in Grantham, Ashley has an OSCA accreditation and specialises in PE. He has implemented an innovative tracking and assessment system, and mentored staff to achieve outstanding teaching and learning, and outcomes for pupils. Across the past 3 years, Ashley has mentored both trainee and newly qualified teachers, working with a range of different providers in Lincolnshire. All trainee teachers have qualified as outstanding against the ITT standards. As an SLE for LEARN, he supports mainstream primary schools as part of the LEAP project to raise attainment through quality first teaching.
Headteacher – The Priory Special School
Matt has worked in the Special Education Needs sector for 7 years. Now Headteacher at a Secondary Specialist School in Spalding, Lincolnshire, he leads Mathematics across the school. He has developed an inclusive SEND Mastery Mathematics approach of teaching and learning and developed a successful assessment framework and rationale that tracks and monitors pupils progress towards a mathematics functional skill qualification. As an SLE for LEARN he supports schools across Lincolnshire as part of the LAMP project raising pupil attainment within mathematics.
Early Years education is Rebecca’s passion and as such, she has sought out opportunities to enhance development in this area. Rebecca is analytical and reflective about her own practice and this desire to learn has evolved into a commitment to become a leader of learning in this niche area of education. Rebecca enjoys the role of facilitator and uses her knowledge to encourage others to be contemplative about their current practice. Following a 16 year career teaching in the Foundation Stage, Rebecca has become increasingly skilled at helping others to look at things from the child’s point of view, trying to make the ‘how’ of learning visible and enabling others to understand the importance of looking at each unique child.
Senior Teacher & SCITT Programme Leader
Lucy has worked within Lincolnshire Early Years for many years. A Reception teacher for 14 years and a Senior Teacher in a Local Authority Nursery School since 2006. Lucy has also been a Leading Teacher of Literacy and has a special interest in high quality phonics teaching.
Within her current role as a Senior Teacher, Lucy is the Lead on Data Assessment, and works with the University of Lincoln as a SCITT Primary Programme Leader, supporting trainee teachers across Lincolnshire.
Dr Richard Gamman
Headteacher – John Fielding Special School
Richard trained as a secondary teacher of Humanities and has taught in mainstream secondary, residential SEMH, and as a VSO volunteer teacher in Kenya before retraining as an Educational Psychologist. As an Educational Psychologist, Richard specialises in Autism and support to Fostered and Adopted Children. After 4 years as Principal Educational Psychologist at Peterborough City Council, Richard returned to teaching at Spring Common School in Huntingdon where he was in charge of Autism provision between 2011 and 2015. In 2015 Richard joined the Spalding Special Schools Federation and is now Headteacher at a specialist, all provision school in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Specialist Dyslexia Teacher
Dawn has worked in education for 25 years as a teacher and SENCo in both primary and secondary schools. She has trained adults, educators and students in all aspects of special educational needs and worked with CFBT, the Local Authority in Lincolnshire and Team-Teach, on projects including Teaching Assistant training, P Scale resources, Behaviour Management, HLTA training, and the SWIS programme. Dawn is currently working as an assessor and teacher for children with specific learning difficulties. She supports schools to set up and evaluate systems for SENDs. Dawn also supports SENCos new to the role and delivers training to NQTs. Daw has completed CPD in SEND, including an MA with a focus on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. She has carried out action research around interventions within primary, to ensure value for money and best outcomes for children.
Strategic Lead of Technology – C.I.T Academies
During the last 15 years, Tom has worked in education, from both a technical and teaching role within the computing curriculum. Tom has been responsible for developing a range of engaging courses across both KS3 and KS4 including mainstream and special needs up to GCSE level. The key aspects covered were projects based on photo and video editing, stop motion animation as well as Microsoft Applications and E-safety using cross platform systems including both Mac, Windows and iPad devices. Tom is currently the Strategic Lead of Technology within a Multi Academy Trust and this allows him to help maximise school IT budgets through volume purchasing in order to install more technology into schools to help generate engaging cross curriculum activities. Tom is also helping to develop Data Dashboards to pull a range of data from multiple platforms to drive school improvements. As a SLE for Computing Tom delivers a range of bespoke IT training courses across a range of different technology systems.
Assistant Headteacher – Ambergate Sports College
SENCO – GANF Schools
Alison graduated from Worcester University with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and then went onto gain a PGCE from Nottingham Trent University.
She has worked in Special Educational Needs all of her career and taught across all of the four key stages.
She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education – Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development, along with the National Award for SEN Coordination.
Assistant Headteacher – Sandon School
Sara has worked at GANF Schools since 2002.
She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Studies in Education as well as a P.G.C.E for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which focuses on teaching Post 16 Students. She studied Autism through Sheffield Hallam University and completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).
As well as her role as Assistant Headteacher she is also in charge of attainment and pupil progress, as well as Enrichment Lead across GANF Schools.
Assistant Headteacher & Curriculum Lead – Ambergate Sports College
Vicky has worked at GANF since starting as an NQT in September 2013. She studied at Bishop Grosseteste University, where she obtained a (BA Hons) Primary Education with QTS Degree.
Vicky has had the pleasure of teaching both lower and upper school pupils, which has supported her role of Curriculum Lead, to help ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum in order to progress to the best have of their abilities.
Headteacher – Sandon School
Kate began teaching at Sandon School in 1998 and continues to be passionate about providing a balanced and holistic education for all learners. She has taught across all key stages across GANF Schools and has lead Early Years provision and Communication across both sites for the last 3 years. Kate is also responsible for PMLD provision at Sandon and leads on Curriculum and EHCP review processes.
Central Operations Manager at C.I.T Academies
Katie joined C.I.T in 2014 to manage the conversion of Sandon and Ambergate from Maintained Schools through to the fruition of C.I.T becoming a Multi Academy Trust. She became Business Manager for Sandon, Ambergate, and Isaac Newton Primary and has been involved in all areas of finance from conversions to budget settings, attending Finance Committee meetings and liaising with the EFSA.
Katie’s current role as Central Operations Manager brings together her experience in schools and central functions. She provides LEARN with bespoke school to school support for Business Management.
EYFS Lead Teacher
Gayle has been teaching for over 20 years and has had many different roles in education. These include Children’s Centre Teacher, Early Years Lead, Senior Leader, SENCO, and Early Years Consultant. Gayle has also written books to support children with early reading, writing, and mathematical computation. Currently, Gayle works as an Early Years teacher in two settings; a small village school and a large town primary school. This enables her to understand and respond to the needs of varied settings. Gayle believes that learning, particularly in the early years, should be fun, engaging, and meaningful to ensure that all foundation aged children are nurtured and skilfully supported to achieve their best possible outcome.
Headteacher – Woodlands Academy
Alice spent five years in a mainstream academy teaching English from GCSE to A level before joining Woodlands Academy in 2013. She implemented and embedded a brand new whole school English Curriculum, incorporating Entry Level English to GCSE English Language and Literature.
Alice has experience of the whole school teaching and learning quality assurance process as a Director of Learning, Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and Deputy Head with responsibility for curriculum and teaching and learning. Now Headteacher at Woodlands Academy, her area of expertise is English Curriculum Development across both special and mainstream schools.
Headteacher – The Garth School
Claire has worked in education for 20 years, initially in a mainstream primary school as a class teacher. Claire has spent the last 15 years working at The Garth, a school which caters for children and young adults with profound, significant and multiple learning difficulties and complex health care needs.
As Claire’s knowledge, skills and passion for SEND education flourished, so did her career drive. She was appointed as Assistant Headteacher in 2008, followed by Head of School in January 2018 and subsequently Headteacher in January 2020. Claire is exceptionally passionate about the world of SEND education and has continued to further develop the school’s culture of treating all pupils as individuals and supporting them to be best prepared for the next phase of their education and for their transition into adulthood and life after The Garth School.
More recently, Claire has become an SLE, with her specialist areas being ‘SEND Education’ and ‘Behaviour Management for Children and Young Adults with ASD’. Claire is now working towards supporting the SEND Review process.