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Specialist Leaders of Education

APPLICATIONS to become a Specialist Leader of Education with LLF TSA

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) are middle and senior leaders in positions below Headteacher, including deputy and assistant Headteachers, subject leaders, pastoral leaders and school business managers, with at least two years’ experience in a particular field of expertise and a successful track record, supported by evidence of impact, of working effectively within their own school and/or across a group of schools.

They work to support individuals and teams in other schools by providing high-level coaching, mentoring and support, drawing on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area. 

  • Find out about the role of SLE here

Do you want to APPLY to become a Specialist Leader of Education?

For more information about applying to become a Specialist Leader of Education, please click on the links below:

Specialist Leaders of Education: Toolkit

Specialist Leader of Education: Application and Reference Form: Autumn 2019

The application window is CLOSED until further notice. 

For information about our protocols and guidance for Specialist Leaders of Education including copies of the forms used in the school-to-school support process, please click on the link below:

System Leaders: Protocols and Guidance 2019-20

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) Leadership Behaviours & Expectations

Specialist Leaders of Education (LLE) are expected to demonstrate the following behaviours and maintain highest professional standards: 


The best leaders are committed to their pupils and understand the power of world-class teaching to improve social mobility, wellbeing and productivity


The best leaders readily engage with, and invest responsibility in, those who are best placed to improve outcomes

Personal Drive

The best leaders are self-motivated and take a creative, problem-solving approach to new challenge


The best leaders remain courageous and positive in challenging, adverse or uncertain circumstances


The best leaders will know themselves and their teams, continually reflect on their own and others’ practices, and understand how best to approach difficult or sensitive issues


The best leaders act with honesty, transparency and always in the interests of the school and its pupils


The best leaders respect the rights, views, beliefs and faiths of pupils, colleagues and stakeholders


Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) Team

Leading Learning Forward TSA is delighted to promote the services of the following teachers who have successfully completed the DfE assessment process to become Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and are available to provide Professional (School-to-School) Support. They are:

Name Specialisms
Nadia Bibby Subject Leadership, Teaching & Learning, CPD, Science
Claire Birkett Details to follow
Sophie Brown Teaching & Learning, English, Literacy
Janine Bassindale Early Years, Phonics, Special Educational Needs, Music
Sally Brooman Details to follow
Nicola Brumby Details to follow
Naz Goulthorpe Early Years, Initial Teacher Training
Gemma Hobson Special Educational Needs
Vicky Hubbard Music, Curriculum, Special Educational Needs
David Jones Mathematics, Curriculum, CPD
Jonathan Kenyon Mathematics, Progress Leadership
Tom Ladbury English
Kerry Lyon Early Years
Claire Mallia School Business Management
Kaley Milburn English, Phonics, Initial Teacher Training, CPD
Carron Pitois Maths, Computing, Initial Teacher Training, CPD
Katrina Pawlyszyn Behaviour Management, Personal, Social & Health Education
Elizabeth Picksley Details to follow
Liz Shah Early Years
Natalie Smith Assessment, Closing the Gap, Initial Teacher Training, NQTs
Ryan Smith Information & Communication Technology, Computing
Laurie Teasdale Maths, Curriculum, Special Educational Needs, Behaviour Management
Lesley Turner Assessment, Special Educational Needs, Support for Able Pupils
Hayley Twidale Teaching & Learning, English, Literacy
Sarah Williams Maths, Reading & Writing, Curriculum, Initial Teacher Training, NQTs 
Jessica Wood English, Literacy, Curriculum


Guidance and Forms for Professional (School-to-School) Support

Professional Support: Agreement, Process & Evaluation Forms (Word)

Professional Support: Agreement, Process & Evaluation Forms (PDF)

System Leadership: Protocols & Guidance (PDF)


Page updated: 27 April 2020