Specialist Leaders of Education

SLEs (Specialist Leaders in Education) are outstanding professionals in middle and senior leadership positions (such as deputies, subject leaders, phase leaders, school business managers) who have the capacity, skills and commitment to support others in similar positions. In our alliance, Specialise Leaders in Education work as part of a team to develop the delivery of school improvement by sharing effective practice and knowledge within and beyond the alliance. Our Specialist Leaders in Education understand what outstanding practice in their area of specialism looks like and are skilled in helping others achieve it.

We currently have a team of 11 SLEs with a range of specialisms who are available to support you in your school. Further information on our of SLEs and how to request support is listed below.

The application round is now open for SLE's, click here for further information on the role.

To apply please complete this application form and return to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The SLE’s in the Alliance have the following specialisms, please click on the name to see their profiles:

Anna White

SEN, Behaviour, Attendance

Rebecca Gittins


Bobby Thandi

Business Management

Jen Tinsdeall


Susan Blakeway


Anne Jacobs

Early Years

Kerry O'Neill

Assessment, Curriculum Leadership, Closing the Gap, RE, Behaviour, Discipline & Attendance

Clare Pedlar

Lead Practitioner of Design and Technology (AST): CPD, ITT, NQT, RQT

Catherine Lightfoot

Leadership of CPD, English, ITT and NQT

Aisling Dallman-Walters

English; CPD; ITT; NQT

Ruth Norman



Please get in touch to discuss an SLE supporting staff in your school: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.