Specialist Leaders In Education

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. 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.

About our SLEs

We have 9 SLEs who have a wide range of specialisms and are available for commission now. Their details and position are outlined below:

Kim Crinion

Deputy Headteacher, St Bede’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy 

Sarah Hill

Deputy Headteacher, New Marske Primary School

Andrew Pinkham

Year 5/6 Phase Leader, Wheatlands Primary School

Judith Bridgett

Nursery Teacher, Ings Farm Primary School

Nicky Deluce

SENCO, Westgarth Primary School

Nichola Turner

Teacher, St Paulinus Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy

Emma Dixon

Nursery Teacher, New Marske Primary School

Nina Cook

Teacher, Newcomen Primary School

Victoria Walker

Teacher, Wheatlands Primary School

Linda Burgess

UFS Teacher, St Bede’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy

Hazel Bennett

Y1 Teacher, St Bede’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy

Philippa Donnelly

Teacher & Phase Leader, St Vincent’s  Voluntary Catholic Academy


If you would like to find out more about how our SLEs can help you and to arrange for an SLE to come to your school to provide support, please contact Rebecca on rpass@stbedes.rac.sch.uk.

Interested in becoming an SLE?

The current round is now open; the deadline for applications is Friday 10th November 2017.

The Landmark Teaching School Alliance is keen to recruit Specialist Leaders of Education to support their work with schools facing challenging circumstances. We are looking to recruit Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in Early Years, primary literacy, primary mathematics and primary assessment although we would consider applications from other subject areas as well.

If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you may wish to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE). To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role below head teacher for at least 2 years. Your head teacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role.

The role lasts for 4 years, at which time there will be a review. The types of placements will vary. For example, one might be a 2 day diagnostic exercise, while another might require a 3 month, full time support role. Time may be taken as a block of consecutive days or spread over a longer period.

The role of a Specialist Leader of Education is to develop leadership capacity so that other leaders have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • data analysis
  • coaching
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning

There is no minimum or maximum time commitment. You and your school will need to think carefully about capacity and negotiate your availability together.

Please apply on the application form which can be downloaded here.

SLE Application Form – October 2017


The completed form is to be returned to rpass@stbedes.rac.sch.uk before noon on Friday 10th November 2017.