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Accessing SLE Support

Accessing SLE Support: 2016-17

The Compton – Barnet TSA currently has SLEs designated in each of the following areas:

• Early Years Foundation Stage, Literacy  (*Eileen Beechey, Deputy Head  St Mary’s Church of England Primary School)
• English (Jen Field, Assistant Head, The Compton School)
• History ( Morgan Baynam, Head of Dept., The Compton School)
• Maths (Stephanie Simpson,  Head of Dept., Woodside High School)
• MFL (Emma Hazlegreaves,  Deputy Head, The Compton School)
• Performance Data/Assessment (Ann Marie Mulkerins, Headteacher, The Compton School)
• School Business  Manager ( Carol Smith, The Compton School)
• Science (Jeremy Stone, ,  Head of Dept., The Compton School)
• SEND (Maria Constantinou, Deputy Head  St Mary’s Church of England Primary School)
• SEND: autism (Ginny Mason, Oak Lodge)

For further details on areas of expertise and background experience of individual SLEs, please see Directory of SLE teachers on this webpage

What can an SLE offer your school?

Specialist leaders of education focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they 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

SLE are designated on the basis of the following skills

• A successful track record of working effectively within their own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school (have been in a leadership role  for at least 2 years)
• 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 their field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
• An understanding of how their 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

Practicalities of deployment

SLEs can be deployed to support leadership developments in a school/subject area for any given fixed period, ranging from a one off session to on-going support over a term or academic year. The cost to a school to deploy an SLE is £350-£450 a day, depending on the experience and role of the SLE.
  If you wish to use the services of an SLE from our Teaching School Alliance to support leadership developments in your school, please contact Mick O’Leary –

See also the attached document SLE Brokered Support. Contract as an exemplar of agreed outcomes and feedback linked to SLE deployment.