Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

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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.


For further information please follow the links below;

Specialist Leaders of Education: A guide for potential applicants


For an application form, please contact katetuck@linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk

The recruitment window is now closed for October applications

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Name: Ruth Allery
School: St James’ CE Primary School
Role: Phonics Leader and Early Years Class Teacher
SLE specialism: Phonics
Responsibilities: Phonics Leader and Early Years Class Teacher

About me: I love teaching children in the Early Years. I enjoy working with colleagues to make teaching and learning successful and fun. I am passionate about Phonics teaching and helping children to make effective and purposeful progress, preparing them to be lifelong and confident readers.


Name: Claire Bradley
School: St Katharine’s CE Primary School
Role: Assistant Headteacher
SLE specialism: 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.


Name: Teresa Brennan
School: Linwood School
Role: Head of Campuses
SLE specialisms: SENCO Training / Preparing for Adulthood / AfL / P16 Curriculums
Responsibilities: Head of Campuses / Learning & Achievement / Initial Teacher Training (School Direct) / Outreach Services

About me: A straight talking individual who believes that every student has the potential to succeed.


Name: Sue Bridle
School: Linwood School
Role: Assistant Headteacher
SLE specialisms: Keeping Children Safe / Behaviour / PSHE
Responsibilities: Safeguarding / Behaviour / Attendance / PSHE

About me: I am passionate about promoting the health and well-being of staff and pupils as a foundation to good learning outcomes.


Name: Emma Brooks
School: St. Katharine’s C.E. Primary School
Role: Teaching & Learning Leader
SLE specialism: Science
Responsibilities: Teaching & Learning Leader / 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.


Name: Louise Gadd
School: St Katharine’s Primary School
Role: Year 4 teacher, Maths Leader
SLE specialism: Maths
Responsibilities: Maths Leader / School Governor / Teaching & 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.


Name: Beth Kay
School: Victoria Education Centre
Role: Literacy Coordinator & Sensory Lead
SLE specialisms: PMLD / 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.

Andy Maher

Name: Andy Maher
School: Linwood School – Springwood Campus
Role: Assistant Headteacher
SLE Specialism: Autism / Behaviour / Total Communication
Responsibilities:  Assistant Headteacher / Secondary & Post 16 Learning Leader / Safeguarding / Behaviour / Attendance / Signalong Tutor

About me: I am a positive, creative and approachable leader who is very enthusiastic about ensuring that children and young people achieve the best outcomes and are prepared for adult life.


Name: Soraya Monzon-Diaz
School: Linwood School – Littlewood & Springwood Campuses
Role: Deputy Headteacher
SLE Specialism: Autism / Behaviour / Curriculum Development / Leadership / Total Communication
Responsibilities:  Deputy Headteacher / HR / Health & Safety / CPD / Total Communication / Safeguarding

About me: A bright, enthusiastic individual who has a passion for education and best practice in autism.

Mr Pill (2)

Name: Steve Pill
School: Heathlands Primary School
Role: Wellbeing Lead / PE Co-ordinator
SLE specialisms: Behaviour / PE
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.


Name: Fiona Pollard
School: St Katharine’s C.E Primary School
Role: Assistant Headteacher
SLE specialisms: Early Years / Phonics
Responsibilities: Early Years Class Teacher, Leader & Moderator / 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.


Name: Nicki Priddle
School: Langside School
Role: Lower School Phase Leader
SLE specialism: PMLD / EYFS
Responsibilities: Monitor planning, recording & assessment for pupils with PMLD across the lower school / Report on assessment in the EYFS to the LA Advisor / Support 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.


Name: Sarah Richardson
School: St. Katharine’s Primary School
Role: Deputy Headteacher
SLE specialism: English
Responsibilities: 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.

Ann Saunders

Name: Ann Saunders
School: Exeter House School
Role: CPD Lead & Class Teacher
SLE specialism: SEND/SLD/Autism. Staff Training and Development
Responsibilities: Class Teacher in Key Stage 1 and 2 classes for pupils with Autism and Severe Learning Difficulties. Lead CPD across the school for new and experienced staff. Lead Outreach programme from the school.

About me:I am a very dedicated and contentious teacher with over 30 years’ experience of teaching pupils with significant barriers to their learning in a wide range of schools.


Name: Hannah Swarbrick
School: Linwood School
Role: Media & Music Technology subject co-ordinator
SLE specialism: Media & Music Technology
Responsibilities: Evaluate 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.


Name: Heather Torens
School: St Clements & St John’s & Bethany CE Infant and Primary Schools
Role: Senior Leader / Specialist Leader of Education, Spirituality & Ethos / Specialist Music Lead across Ocean Trust schools / Deputy Safeguarding Lead / Coaching Champion
SLE specialisms: 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.

Kate Tuck
LTSA Director

Name: 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.

gab cox

Name: Gabriella Cox
School: Montacute School
Role: Communication and Literacy Lead
SLE Specialism: SEND
Responsibilities:  Communication and Literacy Lead / Inclusion / Class Teacher

About me: I am passionate about seeing students of all needs and abilities achieve to their highest possible potential through innovative and exciting practice.

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Name: Andrew Walker
School: Exeter House School, Salisbury
Role: Class Teacher, Communication Lead,
SLE Specialism: Special Educational Needs (Communication, AAC and ICT)
Responsibilities: KS2 & KS3 Class Teacher / Communication Lead / E-safety / Data Security

About me: I have a love and fascination for learning in all its forms.


Name: Elisa Witts
School: Linwood School
Role: Class teacher for students with Profound Learning Difficulties and Additional Complex Needs
SLE Specialism:Total Communication – Signalong tutor, Therapeutic approaches, Supporting complex and medical needs.

Responsibilities: Leader for therapeutic approaches. Signalong Tutor

About me: I am an experienced and passionate professional in the field of teaching pupils who are at the early stages of learning.

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