SLE Profiles

SLE Profiles

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. 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.

Areas of Specialisms

We have a full range of specialisms covered by the team of SLEs who all have a proven record in school-to-school support. To find out more about their experiences and areas of specialism please visit the subject below of your choice.

Art & Design

  • Tracy Livesey

Behaviour and Safety

  • Rachel McIntosh: SENC & lead BESD provision

Business Management / IT Infrastructure

  • Mike Ward


  • Rochelle Conefrey
  • Victoria Crawford
  • Felicity Fagan
  • Emma Jones
  • Alison Spence
  • Nick Angus
  • Angelena Gidley
  • Alison Roberts
  • Fiona Fletcher
  • Tabitha Sloper-Russell
  • Steven Christer

Design & Technology

  • John Fleming


  • Michelle White
  • Andrew Walker
  • Colette Wrigley


  • Anthony Ebbrell
  • Mathew Klinck
  • Douglas Riley
  • John Wilkinson
  • Sarah Bannon


  • Simon Howe

Leadership & Management

  • Sarah North
  • Alison Cheetham
  • Damian Kenny


  • John Fiddler
  • Joanne Kenny
  • Phillip Rimmer
  • Stacey Berney
  • Natalie Hogg
  • Matthew Thorley
  • Mandy Turner
  • Mark Taylor

Modern Foreign Languages

  • Ian Loynd

Physical Education

  • Peter Smith


  • Joanne Reilly
  • Jackie Williams
  • Chris Fulton
  • Jayne Coates
  • Sarah Jones
  • Nicola Hutton
  • Gary Latham

Religious Education

  • Nigel White


  • Amy Handley
  • Mark McElwee
  • Lucy Cropper
  • Hena Kaysor
  • Francesca Farrant
  • Angela Goulbourne

Sixth Form

  • Kate Baddeley

Teaching and Learning

  • Helen Parkinson: ITT and CPD
  • Jonathan Pryce: Teaching and Learning / Business

Improving the Quality of School Leadership

The Schools White Paper introduced the concept of the SLE role, which will help to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children. This new designation recognises the important role that many senior and middle leaders play in supporting their peers to develop.

Nationally there has been 1,000 SLEs delegated within the development year (2011–12) and this will build up to 5,000 by 2014–15 with an eventual total of 10,000 nationwide. Teaching schools will have the role of designating SLEs and brokering their deployment into other schools.

Key points:

  1. Whilst SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school, regardless of the school’s Ofsted grade. However, the head and chair of governors must agree that the school has the capacity to release them.
  2. SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria.
  3. SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example a subject area, inclusion, literacy, early years, behaviour or school business management. A list of areas of expertise can be found on our website.
  4. There is no pre-defined time commitment for SLE work because models and types of deployment will vary, but on average it will be around 15 days a year.
  5. There are no plans to have a payscale for SLEs, or a set payment rate for SLE time. Deployment may result in some funding for the SLE’s school, although this will need to be agreed by the schools involved and by the appropriate teaching school alliance. Even if remuneration does not take the form of direct funding, it could involve an exchange of services that may help support or enhance an area of the SLE’s school.