Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are ‘outstanding’ middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. To become an SLE, you will need to provide evidence that you understand what outstanding leadership practice in your area of expertise looks like and you know how to support other leaders to do the same in their own context.
As an SLE, you will be deployed into schools to develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams using coaching and/or facilitation that draws on the knowledge and expertise in your specialist area. Your work will contribute to improving outcomes for students in other school settings.
Our current SLEs are:
SLE for Mathematics – Elaine Turner
Elaine has been teaching Mathematics or 14 years and was appointed Head of Faculty for Mathematics in 2006.
She has taught in a selection of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire schools, most recently Wyedean School & Sixth Form Centre in Chepstow and The Castle School in Thornbury. Both schools are large comprehensives with successful sixth forms. She has taught KS3, GCSE, Additional Maths, A level Maths and Further Maths, so has extensive subject knowledge for all stages.
During this time, she developed the quality of written feedback provided by her team and particularly focused on “knowing the student” in terms of data. Electronic seating plans driven by SIMS data have proved very successful. As leader of a large faculty of 17 staff, Elaine has extensive experience of lesson observation criteria and is able to provide constructive, developmental feedback for Mathematics lessons. Support for newly appointed subject leaders is a particular strength.
Elaine joined Dene Magna in 2013 and was appointed as a Specialist Leader of Education for Mathematics earlier this year. The recent changes to the primary curriculum and teaching to level 6 at KS2 is an area in which Elaine can give detailed support for teaching & learning initiatives, assessment for learning and subject knowledge development.
If you would like to attend a network meeting hosted by Elaine at Dene Magna School or would like to use any of the services Elaine can provide, she can be contacted by email at email@example.com
SLE for Business Management – Janet Ray
I have worked within secondary schools as a Business Manager for the past 6 years. The role is very diverse and offers lots of opportunity to explore different approaches to the non- educational services and provisions that are bought into schools.
Sometimes time doesn’t permit you to become an expert in all fields, therefore, creating working groups or mentors for specific projects can help:
- Academy Conversion
- Project Management
- Financial Procedures
- Premises Management
- Premises Cleaning
- School Catering
- Health and Safety in school
If I can be of any assistance either directly to specific schools, or as part of a bigger project remit, please contact me on 01594 545312 or mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
SLE for Science – Kathryn Rayfield
Kathryn has been teaching Science for 12 years and was appointed Head of Science at Dene Magna in 2008.
She has taught in a variety of secondary schools including Katharine Lady Berkeley’s in Gloucestershire and Northwood School in Hillingdon, London. She has taught KS3, GCSE Science and A level Biology and Chemistry. Kathryn has also developed and contributed to the publication of Science specific teaching resources through her work with the GLOSEd Science Network, as well as forging links with primary feeder schools and running events to smooth the KS2/3 transition.
During this time, Kathryn has been instrumental in developing effective feedback and assessment policies within her department that have influenced thinking at a whole school level, as well as developing an embedded approach to APP and assessment for learning. As a Head of Department , Kathryn has extensive experience of using OFSTED related lesson observation criteria and is able to provide constructive, developmental feedback for Science lessons, as well as supporting staff to plan effective lessons and use data to support the process. Supporting newly appointed or aspiring middle leaders is a particular strength. As part of her role, Kathryn has worked extensively with NQTs, as well as the ITT programme for Science run by the University of Gloucestershire.
If you would like to attend a network meeting hosted by Kathryn at Dene Magna School or would like to use any of the services Kathryn can provide, she can be contacted by email at email@example.com
SLE for English – Liane Pitcher-Leigh
Liane is an English teacher at Dene Magna School and is currently the lead for Evidence-Based Teaching. Liance has been an English teacher for 14 years and joined Dene Magna in 2007. During this time Liane has been 2nd in department as well as holding a pastoral role within the school. Liane is passionate about driving up standards in English across all key stages and particularly looks to introduce strategies that motivate and engage students beyond the classroom, working with authors to foster a love of reading and writing. If you would like to attend a network meeting hosted by Liane at Dene Magna School or would like to use any of the services Liane can provide, she can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
SLE for Primary Mathematics – Simon Manning
Simon is an experienced Early years and curriculum leader for Maths as well as SLT responsible for KS1 and EYFS. Simon has supported colleagues across Early Years and KS1 to ensure high quality teaching and learning. Through his subject leader role, Simon has worked with Maths leaders across the county and through this work has influenced and motivated colleagues to reflect on their practice and gain sustained improvements in the delivery of Maths. This year sees Simon implemented a greater depth of learning or Mastery approach to Maths which allows children to be immersed in Maths and continue to enjoy their Maths journey. Please contact Simon to discuss or arrange any required support by email at email@example.com
SLE for Primary English – Karen Moore
Karen is an experienced KS2 teacher and senior leader and has worked with colleagues to improve standards in writing and the delivery of English across KS2. Karen is passionate about English and has worked hard to build reflective and supportive relationships with colleagues to inspire and raise standards. Karen is committed to exploring what constitutes excellent teaching and learning and shares this with colleagues to not only improve standards across the key stage but also to harness a love of both reading and writing. In her various roles, Karen has supported Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Newly Qualified Teacher (NQTs) and has supported the Gloucestershire PQT programme. Please contact Karen to discuss or arrange any required support by email at firstname.lastname@example.org