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Meet our SLEs

Sarah PollardSPollard

Specialist Leader of Education for Assessment

I have been Deputy Headteacher at Chantry Primary Academy since July 2011 which includes the role of Assessment Coordinator. In this role I have developed a rigorous tracking system. Systems are now in place for staff to discuss progress of cohorts, classes and significant groups, including pupils eligible for support through Pupil Premium, with a provision map in place to track impact and spending in this area, including the use of interventions. I have also developed an assessment working party with a group of partnership schools which has looked at many areas including the use of case studies and work sampling. My work on tracking systems has been noted by the Local Authority and I have shared this at a Headteacher meeting.


TLovemanTricia Loveman

Specialist Leader of Education for Special Needs

  • A teacher for 25 years, 21 years working with children with special educational needs.
  • Worked in 2 specialist settings for children with ASD (for a total of 16 years) & for 4 years as an advisory teacher for children with ASD.
  • Currently Deputy Head teacher in a primary school for pupils with severe learning difficulties.
  • Leadership role (senior teacher, deputy head and acting head teacher) within schools for 14 years, developing practice in teachers and a range of other staff, including teaching assistants and residential staff, in special schools.
  • Provided ASD training and outreach support to medical staff, PGCE students and mainstream Sencos, teachers and support assistants. Feedback from training and outreach support has always been positive.
  • I have been a member of Accreditation review teams, supporting the provision of an autism-specific quality assurance programme for the National Autistic Society.
  • As an advisory teacher, support of individuals with ASD in mainstream settings included providing generic and bespoke training, observing individual pupils in order to give specific advice, recommending and/or providing relevant resources, setting up and supporting others to run social skills groups. I also delivered short programmes of 1:1 work for some pupils. I ran 2 cohorts of Online training in autism and have helped to run a parent support group.
  • Currently I have led a range of in-service training sessions and am coach and mentor to 4 staff undertaking Middle Leadership, Outstanding Teacher and Securing Good Programmes.

SGleesonSarah Gleeson

Specialist Leader of Education for Primary English

I have been teaching at Wenlock C of E Junior School since 2010 and during that time have taught across all year groups from year 3 to year 6. My classroom practice has been judged as outstanding across a range of subjects. As well as being Assistant Headteacher, I lead English across the school, introducing new initiatives, leading staff training through staff meetings and INSETs and monitoring standards of teaching and learning across the school. Through my role as an SLE, I have facilitated several successful training courses with the LFTSA and mentored colleagues through focussed lesson observations.


Philippa Cooper-Lewis

Specialist Leader of Education for Behaviour

A primary schoolteacher for 24 years, Philippa has taught in the SEN sector for 21 years - both with ASD and SEBD and in specialist settings. Currently running an Inclusive Behaviour Provision for the West Area Partnership in Luton, she is involved in observing, and assessing children who are exhibiting challenging behaviours, within the partnership schools and advising staff concerning appropriate intervention strategies to put in place.

Key Strengths include:

  • Team Teach Training, as a licensed Trainer
  • Staff training for ASD, SEBD and Behaviour Management
  • Guidance for intervention Strategies.

Rebecca Lightfoot

Specialist Leader of Education for English

Rebecca has been teaching for 10 years, teaching in all year groups across KS2. Her classroom practice is 'Outstanding'. Within the classroom she creates an environment and ethos of learning and progression to the highest possible standard.
Rebecca has had 7 years of experience as Year Leader in a large Outstanding Primary School, experience as Lead Teacher in writing for National Strategies, is a member of the Luton Moderation Team for English and is English Co-ordinator.

Her Key Strengths are:

  • Leadership in KS2 and English
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Demonstration lessons
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Improving standards in teaching and planning in English
  • Facilitation of INSET's.

p-lashamPenny Whelan

Specialist Leader of Education for PSHE, SMSC and Values

I am originally from Luton and still live in the town. I attended local schools and the Sixth Form College before attending the University of Sussex to study a psychology degree. I then trained to be a teacher with the Shire Foundation in Luton.

I have taught in Luton since 2005 and am passionate about the town and the children that we work with. I have had coordinator roles in PSHE, Ethnic Minority Achievement, SMSC and have been responsible for some elements of the community cohesion duty within school. I am currently an Assistant Headteacher, the Operations Manager for the Schools Linking Network in Luton, and a trained facilitator for the Improving and Outstanding Teacher Programme. I am also the PSHE tutor for the Shire Foundation Initial Teacher Training Provider and a school based tutor for trainees.

My specialisms are Personal, Social and Health Education, SMSC, community cohesion, behaviour management and supporting members of staff with the development of their classroom practice. I can also provide support on how to adapt lessons and assemblies to incorporate British Values and imbed these in your school, as well as looking at whole school based Values systems. I believe that all teachers need to feel they are supported and valued in their roles and that we can all learn to improve our practice by sharing our knowledge and experiences.


sarah-jonesSarah Jones

Specialist Leader of Education for Early Years

Sarah is a motivated and skilled early year's teacher with over six years' experience working with children aged zero to five. The last three years dedicated to leading as a curriculum coordinator managing five nursery rooms through meetings, training sessions and by conducting appraisals. Her interpersonal skills are used each day when working with different colleagues about diverse aspects of nursery life. She is approachable and trustworthy, leading by example in many situations. A recent Middle Leaders course allowed her to lead a room through a period of change where her calm manner and increased level of sensitivity allowed this transition to run smoothly and without any problems.


rachel-marshRachel Marsh

Specialist Leader of Education for SEND and Assessment

I have been teaching 15 years and have an intense love of learning I love to see that 'lightbulb' moment in both adults and children. I have been working in a school for children with special needs for 7 years now and I love it. I love teaching individual children and seeing and celebrating their diversity. I currently teach children with Autism, Downs and other conditions which could affect their learning. I am always keen to share my knowledge of working with children with SEN I am passionate about my outreach work where I have been able to teach the PGCE and SHIRE students about life and assessment in Special Needs Schools. I have worked with NQTs as well as qualified teachers needing support, I have had weekly meetings with them giving them suggestions to take into their own classrooms. I have enjoyed observing them and seeing these ideas put into practice and working well. I have really enjoyed my leadership role where I have been responsible for the induction and review meetings of 13 new TAs, each time we meet I set them a task to help with the running of the class/school or for their own professional development. I have enjoyed the nurturing role of this and seeing the positive results in the classroom. I have run several Securing Good and Outstanding Teacher Programmes which have been successful. I am also an active part of a cross county group of special schools that focus on moderation and ensure our assessments are accurate and cohesive.


simon-jumpSimon Jump

Specialist Leader of Education for Curriculum Design and alternative provision

Simon has worked within a wide range of mainstream and PRU settings for the last 20 years, the last 8 of which at Senior Management Level. His expertise centres around behaviour management, vocational and life skills based curriculums and alternate accreditation pathways.

Simon has completed the NPSLBA and NPQH programmes, has been involved with NQT mentoring and has wide experience of delivery CPD in these key areas. Most recently Simon oversaw the merger of the KS4 PRU into the new ACE @ The Hub model for secondary support across Luton and holds specific responsibilities for the Extended Provision, KS4 and alternative curriculum and accreditation pathways. Year on Year results from the PRU demonstrate the success of these bespoke curriculum and illustrate the ACE ethos 'Every Students Progress Matters'.

Simon is able to provide several strands of support centring around:

  • Support for aspiring middle and senior management staff who would like to know more about curriculum planning, vocational and life skills based accreditations and planning for successful outcomes for disengaged students
  • Opportunities for staff to shadow experienced teachers and support staff, see the skills and strategies they use and consider how these could be adapted for the mainstream setting
  • Individual or small teams of staff who may wish to have an external audit of their current provision and practice and explore ways of further enhancing student engagement and outcomes.
  • Schools / teams that wish to look at the strategies used for behaviour management, student rewards and sanctions, how to address barriers to learning across an holistic approach and / or means of measuring progress and accrediting success.

Nicola LLOYD JONES1Nicola Covington

Specialist Leader of Education for Maths, Assessment, Closing the Gap and ITT/NQT

I have been an SLT member, Assessment lead and Maths subject leader at Tennyson Road Primary School for 12 years. I currently teach higher level maths mastery in year 6, lead maths interventions throughout the school and manage our expanding North Campus. I have a real passion for mathematics and have supported our staff through many curriculum changes and successful Ofsted inspections. I have led numerous training sessions for our school as well as supporting other schools as part of our Head’s NLE role and feel privileged to be part of an outstanding leadership team. I am committed to raising standards through the use of accurate assessment, data analysis and intervention in addition to promoting quality first good and outstanding teaching as the norm. I have an excellent working knowledge of a number of recording and tracking systems and have led moderation sessions in making and evidencing assessment judgements. I am really looking forward to working with other schools and making a positive difference wherever possible.


Karen Armstrong

Specialist Leader of Education for Curriculum Design and English

I have been Assistant Head Teacher at St Martin de Porres Primary since November 2013. I am passionate about my job and dedicated to making improvements to pupils’ outcomes. I am an experienced English and Curriculum lead across both key stages and as an outstanding Year 6 class teacher I have up to date working knowledge of the curriculum. I always prioritise effectively and set high expectations, offering staff the support they need to improve their teaching.

I am a proactive and motivated leader; over the last six years I have been instrumental in leading staff to make changes to many areas of the curriculum, ensuring teachers are always well prepared. As a trained facilitator for the Improving and Outstanding Teacher Programmes I have excellent interpersonal skills and I have experience in leading a range of professional development for staff. I have led and collaborated with colleagues to put policies, assessment grids and whole school curriculum overviews into place, all of which have supported staff with purposeful professional development and led to raised attainment for pupils.

I have successfully coached and mentored staff in order to develop classroom practice, by encouraging staff to work in collaboration and offering challenge. I have also supported staff in other schools with lesson planning and assessment of English as well as facilitating a meeting for Head Teachers, focusing on implementation of the new curriculum.

I am really looking forward to working in collaboration with others and inspiring people to make positive, sustained improvements in their own schools.


Carla SLECarla Gotch

Specialist Leader of Education for English

I am a year 6 teacher, English coordinator and senior leader at Tennyson Road Primary school. I also have 11 years of experience teaching 11-18 year olds. My classroom practice has been consistently judged as outstanding across a range of subjects. I am privileged to be a part of an outstanding team. As a lead for English I often hold whole school inset sessions, raise monitoring and standards across the school and implement new ideas to the curriculum. As part of our Head teacher's NLE role I also support other schools, helping them to improve results, teaching and confidence within their class setting. I have a real passion for teaching, in particular English. My years as a Performing Arts teacher often influences my work. I always take a practical 'hands on' approach to my work, keeping the children at the heart of all I do. I really enjoy seeing visible progress across the school. I am an experienced Wrap 3 trainer and Stonewall champion. I am looking forward to working with other colleagues and having the opportunity to make a real difference.


Beverley SLEBeverley Trotman

Specialist Leader of Education for Maths

I have been in education since 1998 and have taught in all year groups across Key Stage 2. The majority of that time has been teaching in years 5 and 6. My classroom practice has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ across a range of subjects. I have also taught up to year 7 Maths in a middle school. I have been year leader in year 6 at Bushmead, a four form entry primary school, since 2013. I am passionate about providing positive learning outcomes for all children and I am really looking forward to working with other schools supporting these values.


Hannah Page

Specialist Leader of Education for Assessment

I have been a teacher at Chantry Primary Academy since 2011 and within that time I have been fortunate enough to work across Key Stage Two as an outstanding classroom teacher. I have also supported across the whole school as a member of our school's Senior Management Team. In 2014 I launched a highly successful NQT+ programme which supported and further developed our second year teachers within the areas of Marking, Assessment, Teaching and Learning and Differentiation. It followed on from their NQT year and developed their approaches and strategies further. It also supported them with the increased expectations and reduction of PPA that they also faced. This work fed in to my more recent endeavours with the local authority. I have most recently worked with senior leaders here and Chantry and at other schools within the WAP to develop practices within assessment for learning and marking and feedback. I have helped refine and develop policy and practice across classes and schools which has led to improvement in pupil progress and staff morale.

I really enjoy this work; coaching and mentoring colleagues so that marking, assessment and time are balanced and effectively used. I have a proven that when they are balanced, children make better progress and teachers are able to manage the high expectations that effective marking can have without having to make too many sacrifices personally or professionally.


Shereen Thomas

Specialist Leader of Lesson Study

I have taught across KS1 for 9 years and have been a Year Leader for the past 6 in both year groups. Last year I began working in my role as Phase Leader. I am currently a Middle Manager, leading Year Leaders at Tennyson Road Primary School. I also lead KS1 English and Phonics.

I have previously moderated KS1 for Ealing Borough in 2014, 2016 & 2017 the latter as trainee Lead Moderator.

I have now mentored 6 PGCE students from various training schools in London. At present I am a School Based Tutor for a trainee who is doing their year long placement at Tennyson Road.

I have an SLE in Lesson Study and ran two successful Lesson Study groups at my last school.


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