SLEs are a new designation acknowledging the important role of middle and senior leaders in supporting their peers. They are excellent professionals with at least two years experience in leadership positions below the headteacher, with the capacity, capability and commitment to work beyond their own school.
SLEs are outstanding in a particular area, for example: Core Subject delivery, a subject specialism; data for achievement, Primary leadership, inclusion; ITT mentoring; performance management; behaviour; school business management. By using a high level coaching or facilitation approach that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area, they will support individual leaders or teams within the alliance and other schools.
Schools who have committed to offering SLEs for deployment will need to agree to the SLE deployment contract and commit to allowing SLEs to be deployed for a minimum of 10 days. Potential SLE candidates will be selected from the alliance schools.
Details about the role of an SLE can be found on the National College Website.
Current Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
There are currently 35 SLEs designated and brokered by the Luton First Teaching School Alliance (LFTSA). The Alliance are proposing to designate up to fifteen other leaders to become SLEs in Round 4. To learn more about any of our SLEs view Meet our SLEs.
|English||Claire Lassman||Denbigh Primary||Leadership of the Curriculum and English|
|Suzie Bradshaw||Hillborough Junior||PSHE, English and SEND|
|Rebecca Lightfoot||Wenlock CE Junior||English|
|Vikki Johnston||Harpenden Academy||English and the Curriculum|
|Carla Gotch||Tennyson Road Primary||English|
|Barbara Moses||Beechwood Primary||English|
|Azmat Ramzan||William Austin Junior||Assessment and English|
|Maths||Lisa Phee||Chantry Primary Academy||Leadership of Curriculum and Maths|
|Kate Williams||Lancot Challenger Academy||Maths and Enterprise|
|Sarah Ayres||Wenlock CofE Junior||Maths|
|Nicola Lloyd-Jones||Tennyson Road Primary||Maths, Assessment and Closing the Gap|
|Lisa Morris||Denbigh Primary||Leadership of the Curriculum, Maths, Science and ITT|
|Kat Field||Hillborough Junior||Assessment, Art and ITT|
|Lorna Lalji||Hillborough Junior||Leadership of Curriculum, Music and ITT|
|Richard Lightfoot||Hillborough Junior||PE|
|Penny Whelan||Hillborough Junior||PSHE, SMSC and Values Education|
|Kerry Ward||The Linden Academy||PSHE/RSE|
|Tyrone West||Denbigh Primary||PE and ITT|
|Adam Nelson||Denbigh Primary||Computing and IT|
|Beth Taylor||The Vale Academy||Science and Phonics|
|Behaviour||Jennifer Lloyd||Chantry Primary Academy||Behaviour|
|Philippa Cooper||Chantry Primary Academy||Behaviour|
|Tracey Dutton||The Vale Academy||Behaviour and discipline|
|Nathalie McKiernan||Denbigh Primary||Assessment, Leadership of the curriculum and more able pupils|
|Hannah Page||Chantry Primary Academy||Assessment|
|Niamh Mooney||The Vale Academy||Leadership of the Curriculum and English|
|Julia Ward||The Rushmere Park Academy||Leadership of the Curriculum and Maths|
|Jodi McCallum||Whipperley Infant Academy||Leadership of curriculum and Early Years|
|Other||Rachel Marsh||Richmond Hill Special||SEND and Assessment|
|Sarah Gilbert||Chapel Street Nursery||Early Years|
|Julie Ellins||Ashcroft High School||Business and Finance|
|Michelle Aylott||Harpenden Academy||EYFS|
|Shereen Thomas||Tennyson Road Primary||Lesson Study|
|Mark Lavery||Someries Infant||Early Years|
|Jenny Fraser||Lancot Challenger Academy||Early Years|
Want to apply?
You need to be an outstanding middle or senior school leader with a particular area of expertise and the capacity, skills and commitment to support others in similar positions in other schools. Training takes place in outstanding schools within our Alliance.
|How to apply||Fill in application form and send to|
|More information||Application Guidance (PDF, 286kb)|
For your application to be successful, you should have:
- a successful track record of working effectively within your own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school
- evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements
- excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- an understanding of what constitutes 'outstanding' in your field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
- an understanding of how your specialism and skills can contribute to wider school improvement goals
- an analytical approach in identifying and prioritising needs
- the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
- the ability to grow leadership capacity in others
Please download the application form above. Once filled in please email it to Tony Cotton at .
Contact Us if you need more information.