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.

SLE status is a national designated through the National College for Teaching and Leadership. They are part of the strategy for building capacity for systems leadership and school to school support.  SLEs can provide support by acting as system leaders, supporting individual leaders and teams in other schools by using a high level coaching or facilitation approach that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area.

In their own schools SLEs add value through

  • developing coaching and facilitation skills
  • the opportunity to network with peers
  • gaining experience of different school environments
  • the chance to learn from ideas and approaches used in other schools
  • developing skills and knowledge which can benefit their own school

The SLE is role is entering its third year. SLE’s are being deployed into a wide range of schools and leading project work across schools. Outreach work by nature is designed to be reciprocal in its value and the benefits to the SLE professional and personal developments are excellent.

 “Being an SLE has got the very best out of my interpersonal skills my emotional intelligence and professional growth.  It’s a privilege and a challenge to support fellow colleagues from other schools and has added a real freshness to my career”

 “It has been such a privilege to be invited to other schools and work with new professionals.  I learn so much on every project”

EKLA SLEs

SLE Specialisms

Phase

SLE

Active & Collaborative Learning

Secondary

Lucie Turner

Assessment for Learning

Secondary

James Hopper

 

EYS/Primary

Adnan Ahmet

CPD

Early Years

Fiona Ingram

 

Secondary

Lucie Tuner

Design & Technology

Secondary

Sonya Cotrell

Early Years

Early Years

Marion Philpott

 

Early Years

Fiona Vail

 

Early Years

Mags Minter

 

Early Years

Laura Millum

 

Early Years

Rachel Kelly

 

Primary

Siobhan Harkins

 

EYS/Primary

Adnan Ahmet

Educational Visits

Secondary

Lucie Turner

English

Secondary

Robyn Widdup

 

Primary

Lynda Prior

Handwriting and EYS Writing Skills

Early Years

Victoria Palmer

History

Secondary

Lucie Turner

Independent Learning

Secondary

James Hopper

Infant Writing (cursive)

Early Years

Fiona Vail

ITT 

Secondary

Lucie Turner

 

Secondary

Kylie Farrer

Leadership of Curriculum

Early Years

Marion Philpott

Maths

Secondary

John Heffernan

 

Early Years

Laura Millum

MFL

Early Years

Laura Millum

PE

Secondary

Kylie Farrer

 

Secondary

James Hopper

 

Early Years & KS2

Fiona Ingram

 

Secondary

Kylie Farrer

Phonics

Early Years

Fiona Solly

 

Early Years

Rachel Kelly

Primary

English - Writing and SPaG skills

Lynda Prior

Reading

Early Years

Mags Minter

Teaching & Learning

Secondary

Lucie Turner

Writing and SPaG skills

Primary

Lynda Prior

 

Early Years & Primary


Name:  Adnan Ahmet  Adi_Ahmet_pic.jpg
School:  Selling CE Primary School 

Current Role:

 Year 2 teacher/ Assistant Head Teacher/English Coordinator

Specialism(s):  English/ Assessment                                                                                                                    

 Adnan is an Assistant Head Teacher and experienced Year 2 teacher within The Village Academy, which consists of 6 schools across Kent. He is committed to collaborative working, learning and support within the Academy and across other local schools.

As English coordinator, Adnan has been actively involved in designing CPD and support systems to improve the quality of teaching, with a particular focus on improving progress in writing. He has delivered twilight sessions based on effective teaching in this area. In addition, Adnan has been instrumental in developing a robust system of tracking phonics within his school, which has resulted in significant improvements in the end of Year 1 phonics screening results.

In the role of Assistant Head, Adnan is heavily involved in monitoring the quality of teaching and designing specific support plans where necessary, to help continually drive up standards.

For the last 2 years Adnan has worked on behalf of the local authority as a Key Stage 1 moderator, carrying out visits to moderate teacher assessments. An experienced mentor, Adnan is also heavily involved in ITT, with strong links to Canterbury Christ Church University, and is a Professional Tutor and Programme Facilitator with the Brook Learning Trust on their School Direct provision.


 

Name:  Victoria Palmer Vicky_Palmer.png
   
School:  Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Current Role:

 Year 2 Teacher, English Team Member

Specialism(s):  Handwriting and Early Writing Skills                                                                                               

Vicky currently teaches in Year 2 and has previously been a Year 1 teacher working within the new National Curriculum. She has also taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage and has a secure understanding of the curriculum and a child centred approach to learning. It was during her time here that she developed a passion for the teaching of writing and pre-writing skills, including developing handwriting and fine motor skills.

Vicky is also a leading member of the English team, and it is within this role that Vicky has shown a commitment to improving standards and achievement in her current school. She has developed a whole school approach to GPS, marking for improvement and Phonics. Vicky has delivered training for other settings on developing a whole school approach to improving writing and handwriting and county training on handwriting in the new National Curriculum.

Vicky is keen to share her passion and help others to develop their approach to writing and handwriting in their own settings. 


 

 

Name: Mags Minter MMinter.jpg

   
School: Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Current Role:

Nursery Manager & Teacher - Literacy team member and History/Geography subject leader

Specialism(s): Early Years, Reading & Phonics

During the past fifteen years, Mags has embraced the Early Years Curriculums and combined them with her beliefs of a child centred, creative and play based learning journey. She has created new and stimulating environments, both inside and out, and used this provision to enhance children’s learning. She has implemented her own planning and assessment templates in the schools she has taught, ensuring progression and coverage. Mags has a particular strength in Child Initiated Play and has improved the structure and application of it throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, with a strong emphasis on the Characteristics of Effective Learning. Mags has successfully supported other schools and colleagues in a range of settings and believes passionately in colleagues supporting each other. Mags is now continuing her own CPD by becoming a Nursery Manager and turning the school based Nursery into a centre of excellence. 


 

Name:  Rachel Kelly                                                                                                                           Rachael_Kelly.JPG
School:  Joy Lane Primary School

Current Role:

 Early Years Phase Leader 

Specialism(s):  Early Years and Phonics

Rachel has worked across both Early Years and Key Stage 1. She is the Phase Leader for Early Years at Joy Lane Primary School where she leads both Nursery and Reception. Rachel has led whole school CPD and has also supported a GTP Student in Early Years.  She is passionate about the Early Years approach to learning and strives to provide the very best settings for children.  

Rachel also leads Phonics at Joy Lane and has been committed to driving improvements in the subject; this has led to positive results in the Year 1 Phonic Screening Check. Rachel has also been the lead Phonics Tutor for a group of SCITT students across an academy chain during this role she delivered training, team taught and observed and mentored students. 


 


Name: Fiona Ingram Fiona_Ingram.jpg
   
School: Herne CE Infant and Nursery

Current Role:

Year 1 class teacher, PE Coordinator, part-time PE Advisor seconded to HBH
Specialism(s): PE - Early Years & KS2

As a former AST, Fiona has worked with many schools in different circumstances and considers herself fortunate enough to combine this role with her own class responsibilities. Thus giving her the credibility which is so important with other colleagues.

Recently Fiona has accepted a part-time position to work alongside PE advisors from Herne Bay High School to support local primary schools which is proving to be highly rewarding.  

It is her passion to champion the cause of PE in the Early Years and KS1.


Name: Fiona Vail Fiona_Solly.jpg
   
School: Herne CE Infant and Nursery

Current Role:

Reception year teacher and group leader                                           
Specialism(s): Early Years

Fiona is an experienced Early Years teacher. She is passionate about early education and has a proven track record for improving standards and achievement in her current school. This has included raising standards in Early Years Literacy, improving the quality and provision of Child Initiated Learning and implementing clear structures for assessment, planning and moderation.

Fiona has provided outreach work for a variety of schools working with both NQT’s and experienced practitioners. She has also delivered training on the statutory requirements of the curriculum and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Fiona has worked as an Early Year’s moderator and has led cluster meetings for schools in the area. 


 

 

Name: Laura Millum Laura_Millum.jpg
   
School: Joy Lane Primary School                                                         

Current Role:

Early Years Team Leader & Class Teacher, Nursery Manager, MFL Leader & Maths Leader

Specialism(s): Early Years

Laura is a Phase Leader for Nursery and The Early Years, and leader for Maths and MFL. 

Laura is instrumental in ensuring that her Pupil Progress Meetings are effective and that her provision mapping is always up to date. She is analytical and knows her data and is able to identify trends and gaps in progress and achievement and subsequently able to put into place an action plan to address concerns. 

Laura has supported the SLT and School Governors in their relentless quest to continue improving the school and has always been a colleague who you know can influence change, see a project through to completion and who is a leader of the highest calibre.     


 

 

Name: Lynda Prior Linda_Prior.jpg

   
School: Blean Primary School                                                         

Current Role:

Year 6 Class Teacher and Leader of Writing/SPaG

Specialism(s): Primary English - focus on writing and SPaG skills

Lynda is a very experienced KS2 teacher, and has taught in Kent for all of her professional life. In her current school, she has been leader of English for several years with a more recent focus on writing and the elements of spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

Working alongside a London based Literacy Consultant, she supported the development of ‘Dramatically Improving Writing’ strategies which rejuvenated the teaching of writing within her school. She has also modelled and embedded a successful whole school approach to the teaching and learning of spelling to further improve this skill within children’s independent writing.

As a newly trained County Visiting Moderator for Writing in KS2, Lynda has a developing knowledge of the writing assessment process. Working closely with other schools in the local EduCant group, Lynda regularly meets with other English leaders where initiatives are shared, developed and trialled. 

Lynda has also completed coaching and mentoring training which she has been able to put into practice to support the professional development of her colleagues. 


 

 

Name: Marion Phillpott Marion_Philpott.jpg
   
School: The Canterbury Primary School                                                         

Current Role:

Foundation Stage Teacher/Leader

Specialism(s): Early Years

Marion has 21 years’ of experience working within Early Years.  She is an outstanding practitioner recognised by the LA, Ofsted and the leadership team within her own school.  She strives to bring out the best in all children ensuring they all reach their potential.  

Marion has worked in a school that has historically found itself in category and has now had a positive 4 year upward trend and was recognised by Ofsted as ‘good’ in 2012. This experience has meant that she has worked collaboratively with colleagues towards a vision embracing challenge and change.  

Following many changes and developments in the curriculum she would relish the opportunity to support other colleagues to recognise outstanding EYFS practice. 


 

Name: Siobhan Harkins Siobhan_Harkins.jpg
   
School: Joy Lane Primary School                                                         

Current Role:

Year 6 Class Teacher / English Leader

Specialism(s): English

Siobhan is the English leader in a large primary school and has introduced new initiatives that have had a measurable impact on the progress and achievement of all children.

Siobhan has carried out English audits involving book scrutinies and lesson observations, where current Ofsted criteria have been used. She also has experience of analysing and using data to identify in-school or between-school variations and implementing an action plan to address underachievement. 

As a County Visiting Moderator for Writing, Siobhan has a particular knowledge of the writing assessment process and can prioritise key points for development in order to achieve maximum impact. Working closely with other schools in the Coastal Cluster, Siobhan is a dedicated member of the English Network Steering Committee, where strategic decisions are made and initiatives are shared, developed and trialled. 


 

Secondary


     
Name: Lucie Turner Lucie_Turner_Photo_New_2017.jpg  
School: St Anselms School                                                         

Current Role:

Lead Teacher for Active and Collaborative Learning and Professional Mentor for ITE

Specialism(s):

Teaching and Learning , History, ITT, Continued Professional Development, Collaborative Learning, Educational Visits

Lucie has 16 years’ experience of teaching in Kent having taught in three very different schools across the County.  In her capacity as Lead Teacher for Teaching and Learning she has developed her current School’s CPD provision which has created a Whole School Learning Community. As well as supporting CPD across the East Kent, Lucie supports staff in the delivery of progressive learning strategies.

Lucie has experience of leading two History departments and continues to support her department's development. In addition, she has supported whole school developments in literacy and numeracy and SEND as well as moving teaching from Good to Outstanding. Through her role as Professional Mentor she has developed and sustained a relationship with several ITE institutions and leads a very strong and successful team of subject mentors. 


 

Name: John Heffernan John_Heffernan.jpg
   
School: Canterbury Academy

Current Role:

SLT                                                                                                                          

Specialism(s):

Maths

John is a very experienced teacher of mathematics and has worked with a number of secondary schools to help them to improve the quality of teaching and learning and supported heads of mathematics to equip them with the skills that they need to carry out their role. In the last year he has worked with the Kent LEA advisory service to deliver CPD on the new curriculum to primary teachers and has undertaken research for the NCETM into Key Stage 2 to 3 transition practices in mathematics.

John has recently undertaken a new challenge as an assistant area coordinator for the Further Maths Support Programme and will be working with secondary schools in the South East to promote the uptake of mathematics and further maths at A level. 


 

   
Name: James Hooper James_Hopper.jpg
   
School: Herne Bay High School

Current Role:

SLE; PE Support Leader; Raising Achievement Coordinator                       

Specialism(s):

PE, Raising Boys Achievement; Assessment; Independent Learning

James was part of the then new National curriculum (2007) in a PE pilot when starting his teaching career in North London. Since moving to Herne Bay High School, he has gained experience working in a Sports College team and leading key stage 4 PE. Having championed the Kent AfL PE framework, James was designated a lead teacher by the Kent LEA. This has led to James empowering other PE leaders in utilising and adapting assessment methods to meet the needs of the pupils.

James has interests in independent learning and developing a growth mind-set and has led at area training days, devised a workshop for the Youth Sports Trust and has set up a district PE working party.

Recently James has been focusing on strategies to raise boys’ achievement and successes in closing the gender gaps of achievement.


 

Name: Sonya Cottrell Sonya_Cotrell.jpg
   
School: Barton Court Grammar School

Current Role:

Director of Learning Technology and Art                          

Specialism(s):

Design & Technology

Sonya has been a technology teacher for the last 7 years and a Head of Faculty for 2 years. Within her current role she leads a teaching and learning community where she leads CPD for staff.

Sonya has had a range of different roles within the technology field from when she first trained as a teacher. Her specialism is in Textiles but has taught Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food technology, Catering, and Textiles to GCSE and Textiles and Product Design to A Level. She has also led STEM activities within her current school as well as entering her students into STEM competitions against other schools.                                                                                       

Sonya is very passionate about Technology and would like to see stronger links between primary  and secondary schools.


 

Name: Kylie Farrer
 Kylie_Farrer_Pic.jpg  
School: Canterbury Academy

Current Role:

Professional Development Coordinator                                                       

Specialism(s):

Specialism in ITT and Professional Development

Kylie is currently the Professional Development Co-ordinator at the Canterbury Academy and has a successful track record of working effectively to support and develop UQ, ITT, and NQT colleagues across the Secondary and Primary phases. She is also responsible for developing a well-structured and tailored programme of study for the Academy whole school CPD programme.

Kylie has worked professionally alongside a number of external providers. She is a member of the executive board for KCC and regularly reviews the ITT programmes with a view to further developing and improving provision. She also consults for KCC as a professional tutor, on the School Direct programme. Kylie is also very involved in the EKLA partnership, and has recently been appointed as the EKLA School direct coordinator. 


 

Name:  Robyn Widdup   RobynWiddup.jpg
School:  Dover Grammar School for Girls                                                                                               

Current Role:

 Assistant Headteacher

Specialism(s):  English

Robyn has had 9 years’ experience of subject leadership and is now working as Assistant Headteacher with a focus on teaching and learning, CPD and developing resilience in students.  She is an experienced mentor to ITT trainees and works closely with a range of colleagues at all stages of their teaching career in a coaching capacity to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  

As Subject Leader, Robyn led a highly successful department.  There was a culture of continued innovation and shared ideas leading to a dynamic learning environment, resulting in consistently high outcomes at all Key Stages.  Robyn maintained an evaluative and rigorous approach to staff development within the department and has effectively supported staff through changes to the curriculum, as well as moving staff on to the next stage of their careers.  Robyn has worked with the RSC on their Learning and Performance Network and has successfully balanced a range of creative curricular approaches with high outcomes.


 

   

 

If you would like to work with one of the team please contact us.


APPLYING TO BECOME AN SLE

The next application round for SLEs will open in April 2017. 

We are hosting an Information evening, for potential applicants and their headteachers on: 

Wednesday 19th April, 4 pm at Joy Lane Primary School.

If you would like to book a place (s) then please contact us

We will receive applications from 20th April - 2nd May.

Applications will then be shortlisted and successful applicants will be called for interview, currently planned for the week beginning, 12th June - date tbc. 

If successful the core training is currently planned to take place:

Day 1 (a full day) - wk beginning 3rd July date tbc

Twilight 2 - Wk beginning 10th July date tbc

Twilight 2- Wk beginning 17th July date tbc

Please note that as there is no longer an NCTL subsidy for SLEs  schools will be charged £100 pp to cover the interview and core training costs. Therefore, please do not put forward applicants who you are not sure of or who you would be unable to release for future deployments.

EKLA is always looking at ways to increase its capacity. If you have potential applicants who need outreach experience please ask them to contact us so that we can discuss ways in which they can support us.

We are in particular need of colleagues (primary and secondary) who could deliver CPD to local schools, either as twilights or half day conferences. 

We also need additional Early Years colleagues to deliver CPD and provide bespoke support to local nurseries.

Please contact us if you can support.

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