Specialist Leaders of Education

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.


Teaching Schools are responsible for designating SLEs, brokering SLE deployments and providing ongoing support.


The Department for Education introduced the SLE concept in their The Importance of Teaching: The Schools White Paper 2010. The SLE role is designed to help improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving the outcomes for children.


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.


We are recruiting SLEs to provide support to staff and teams in local schools and academies. We are passionate about supporting school improvement and broadening our network of shared expertise.


Key Area of Expertise

• Leadership and management

• Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD)

• Leadership of curriculum

• English

• Geography

• Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development


Miss. Amy Thomas – English and EAL

Key areas of expertise:

I am a Secondary School English Teacher who is passionate about improving students’ literacy skills. I am currently the Key Stage Four Coordinator for a large and very successful department, (we achieved 0.98 Progress 8 score in 2017). In addition to this, I am a part of the Teaching and Learning Team, working as the coordinator for whole school Literacy and previously the EAL Coordinator. Through these roles I have developed an extensive understanding of the new English exam specifications and I am LiLAC trained, which has developed my knowledge of differentiation strategies to enhance language acquisition and student progress. Throughout my teaching career at an inner London school, I have employed my knowledge and understanding to raise student attainment successfully and helped to develop other teachers’ practice in a supportive and productive manner.


Key strengths:

• I am an approachable person who is friendly and supportive and enjoys working with others.

• I have an in-depth knowledge of differentiation strategies to improve the literacy skills of EAL learners and all learners alike.

• I have strong pedagogical skills that can help teachers’ teaching of Literacy and English.

• I am confident to model lessons and team teach with less confident teachers.


Mr Nick Pauro – Enrichment, Collaborative Learning, Politics, Philosophy & RE

Key areas of expertise

Nick is an expert secondary teacher who has taught across KS3-KS5 and has successfully led on rapid improvement in KS3 and KS4 results. Nick, previously a Curriculum Coordinator and Head of Department, is now an Assistant Head.  He provides continuing professional development to a range of teaching staff, support staff and senior leaders having developed T&L Forums and Teach Meet gatherings. Nick has successfully trained PGCE/Student teachers and is adept at speaking at conferences (BETT) and delivering training, championing ‘buy-in’ from pupils and staff as the guarantor of delivering practical, achievable goals.


Skills & Qualifications:

•        MA in Education (Religious Education & Citizenship) IOE UCL

•        PGCE Religious Education – IOE UCL

•        Language in Learning Across the Curriculum (LiLAC) certified

•        MA in Mediterranean Studies - KCL

•        BSc in Social Policy and Government - LSE

•        Implemented and embedded whole school policies e.g. Praise & Reward, Pupil Voice, Vulnerable Cohorts, T&L Forum, Revision Skills, using Social Media.

•        Recognised by London Borough of Newham for record and outstanding GCSE Results.

·         Stonewall School Champion


 Miss Stephanie Fontaine – Key Stage Five Teaching & Learning

Key areas of expertise

I am a secondary school teacher and I have excelled in my career of five years. I am passionate about delivery of exceptional teaching and Learning at key Stage five.  I am currently Head of Social Science and Lead Key Stage Five teacher. In addition to this, I am a part of the Teaching and Learning Team, working as the coorodinator for raising standards and student progress at Key stage 5. Through these roles I have developed an extensive understanding of the changes to various new exam specifications. As a result I have delivered CPD promoting the importance of effective feedback, how to include active and independent learning for post 16. I have successfully supported teachers to develop strategies that best suit their teaching style, while improving student knowledge and understanding.


Key strengths:

• I have in depth knowledge of the psychology and sociology curriculum.

• I have been an AQA sociology examiner for four years.

• I am an approachable person who is friendly and supportive and enjoys working with others.

• I have an in-depth knowledge of differentiation strategies to improve post-16 student engagement.

• I am a confident, friendly individual who is happy to support newly qualified and second year teachers, modelling lessons and team teach with less confident teachers.


Miss Niamh McGuiness – Teaching and Learning & Continued Professional Development

Key areas of expertise

Niamh has been successfully leading  teams on learning and teaching at all levels from middle and senior leadership. Senior roles have included whole school responsibilities for CPD, T&L, Literacy, Numeracy & More Able. Developing teachers professionally is key to driving standards of learning forward through teacher engagement and empowerment. Learning is at the heart of what world-class education aspires to be and in order to ensure positive student outcomes it is essential that professional development and staff training is at the core of all great teaching and learning. Learning excels for all when we cultivate opportunities for risk, reflection and pedagogical dialogue.  The key responsibilities of an exceptional SLE is to support you in exploring the best evidence-based strategies that will  ensure all learners at your school  become enthused, empowered and ultimately engaged in their journey ensuring the highest outcomes for students and staff.


Skills & Qualifications:

• Teacher of Religious Studies at KS3 – KS4

• Head of RE (2010-2014) Religious Education – East London

• Outstanding in all areas Section 48 July 2014)

• Assistant Head teacher Teaching & Learning (2014-2016) – Essex

• MA (IOE UCL) Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment 2014-16)

• Lead Assistant Head Teacher & Director of Teaching School (2016- present)

• TeachMeet #TMEastLond 2016

• TeachMeet#THISWORKS 2017

• Founder memebr of Chartered College of Teaching

• Chartered Teacher Pilot Programme Participant 2018-2019

• SLE training & accreditation Teaching & Learning

• Teacher Development Trust: Facilitating Lesson Study as Professional Development

• NPQML/SL Facilitator IOE UCL



Mr Simon Lucraft – Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral Care, Key Stage 4.

Key areas of expertise:

Simon is Assistant Headteacher at All Saints Catholic School with responsibilities for Key Stage 4. He has over 11 years of teaching experience, all in London boroughs. Having completed his PGCE in Physical Education at Loughborough University he was quickly promoted to Head of Department. For the last 6 years he has followed his passion for pastoral care and has been a Head of Year with a proven track record, in two different secondary schools. He is a trained DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead), and having completed his NPQML and he is now undertaking his NPQSL at UCL IOE. He displays a continual drive for the development of the whole child and this is clearly evident in his own practice. Simon is a confident public speaker able to deliver training and CPD.


Key strengths:

• Expert Pastoral Leader with a proven track record in improving behaviour and attainment.

• Closing the gap strategies.


Skills & Qualifications:

• NPQSL – UCL IoE (Currently completing)

•  NPQML – Anglia Ruskin

•  PGCE Physical Education – Loughborough University

• BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Management – Nottingham Trent University











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