Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are the people on the ground who make a difference in school improvement. They are excellent classroom practitioners who have the capacity and skills to make an impact beyond their own classroom. Some have developed expertise in other areas like initial teacher training, Pupil Premium reviews and subject leadership. Getting help from an SLE is the best you can get because it comes from a colleague practitioner working in the same context as you are with up-to-date knowledge and skills.

The SLE gains as well. Supporting other teachers and schools provides an exciting new professional dimension for classroom teachers, honing skills and becoming a key driver in school improvement.

Schools win out too! SLEs earn money for schools through the outreach work they do and the school as a whole benefits from the additional expertise and confidence gained by SLEs.

HEART Teaching School Alliance has a wide range of expertise and can offer bespoke support to your school. We can broker and oversee the deployment of system leaders in order to support your school on its journey to success. To request support for your school, please contact us.

Sacred Heart is a National Teaching School and National Support School. Our Catholic Senior Executive Leader is a National Leader of Education.

Meet our SLEs:

Meet our SLE Team - 2020 cohort

Meet our SLE Team - 2019 cohort

Madeline Broadgate

Catherine Brogan
RE | Behaviour | Assessment | Special Needs

Gemma Cooper
Teaching and Learning KS1

Sarah Deary
English | NQT Support and Development

Jacky Devine
Drama | English | NQT Development | Middle Leader Coaching

Jenni Dumbleton
Maths | MFL | Behaviour Management

Elizabeth Gallagher
Pupil Premium | Closing the Gap | Raising Standards | Raising Standards in History | Assessment and Feedback

Richard Golding
English | Music

Fahima Helim
Business and Finance Management

Rhys Jones

Kiran Kasbia
English | Science

Kimberley Lobb
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Development | Leadership of the Curriculum | English including phonics

Catherine Lowe
ITT Mentor | NQT Mentor | CPD | Curriculum | English | Phonics

Patrick McMahon
Leadership of Curriculum | CPD Development | NQT Development

Sophie Middleton
Pupil Progress | Assessment | Analysing School Data

Kimberley Murphy
Leadership of the Curriculum | English | Behaviour and Discipline | Computing | Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) development

Lisa Price

Daisy Pryke

Claire Ryan
CPD | English

Jill Smith

Elizabeth Stewart
Modern Foreign Languages

Kane Vincent
Core Faculty Leadership | Behaviour For Learning | Behaviour System Implementation

Hannah Woosey
Behaviour and Discipline | Attendance

Meet our SLE Team - 2018 cohort

Stephanie Bushi | AHT
Maths | English

Catherine Callow | Deputy Head

Hayley Dewhurst
English Lead

Sharon Doyle | Deputy Head
Development of Middle Leaders (Curriculum Subject Leaders)

Sarah Finnerty

Amy Fletcher | Teacher

Diane Furlong | Headteacher
English | SEND

Jane Gore | Assistant Head
English | Assessment | Closing the Gap | Support for Most Able Pupils

Gary Holden | Pupil Premium Reviewer
PE | Leadership

David Marshall | Deputy Head

Jennifer McCabe
English Phonics

Lucy Merlo
SEN-Specialising in Specific Learning Difficulties

Emma Morgan
EYFS |Phonics

Rachael Reynolds
English | Upper KS2 | NQT Mentor

Helen Sivills | MFL Lead


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.

The HEART SLE application window is not currently open.

All enquiries should be directed to Heart TSA.

SLE application form