Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

Specialist leaders of education

Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders. They have at least 2 years’ leadership experience in a particular specialism (e.g. maths, school business management, initial teacher training).

Their role is to support individuals or teams in a similar position in other schools. They help others achieve outstanding leadership in their area of specialism.

The Redstart Teaching Alliance SLEs will offer a range of expertise and skills to develop leadership capacity of individuals and teams in schools, using coaching or facilitation to draw on their knowledge in specialist areas.

The RTA are really pleased to announce the recruitment of more SLEs across a range of subjects and expertise.  The SLEs are now available to come and support you in your school.  Further details are listed below.

We will begin round 5 of the SLE recruitment process in the new year.


The Redstart Teaching Alliance SLEs






Job Title




Designated Specialisms





WSAT PE Coordinator

Minehead First School – West Somerset Academy Trust (WSAT)

  • Assessment
  • Behaviour & discipline
  • Leadership of curriculum
  • PE
  • Developing Independent Learners

Specialism - Development, assessment and leadership of the PE and Sport curriculum

In my role as PE Lead across West Somerset Multi Academy Trust (6 schools with 1700 children 3-13) and Minehead First School I assess the quality of PE provision and then work with staff to identify areas for development. I then make recommendations for improvement and draw up action plans accordingly. I invite professionals with particular areas of expertise in to support and facilitate the training needed. From then on, I work closely with staff to monitor the impact of the training and to advise them with planning and next steps.

I have also reviewed out of school provision and formed strong partnerships with local sports clubs. I am in the process of forming a link with West Somerset College to support the training of BTEC students with coaching qualifications.

Minehead First School has gained a Gold School Games Mark and I am now supporting other schools in the West Somerset Multi Academy Trust with their applications.




Maths Lead, Class Teacher



The Redstart Primary School

  • ITT & NQT Development
  • Maths

I am a Year 4 teacher and Maths Lead at The Redstart Primary School.  I am very passionate about the teaching of Maths; it is so important that children have a solid grasp of all aspects of numeracy as it has such an impact on their day to day lives.  I work with all of the schools within the Trust to ensure that our teaching of mathematics is delivered to a high level. 

Within the Teaching Alliance, I co-lead the delivery of the IMPACT programme which focuses on outstanding maths teaching.  I also provide support to individuals and schools with mentoring and coaching of staff to ensure a high provision of maths teaching. I work with schools to identify gaps in their attainment and provision and support them to develop their practice to raise standards. I welcome Heads and leaders of maths to observe my lessons on a regular basis.

I work closely with student teachers within Redstart and encourage their development in understanding how children learn in mathematics.





EYFS Leader/Reception Teacher



The Redstart Primary School

  • Early Years
  • Assessment
  • Leadership of Curriculum


I am a Reception teacher and Early Years’ Lead at The Redstart Primary School and also the EYFS specialist for The Redstart Learning Partnership. I am very passionate about working in Early Years and have focused on this area throughout my education and professional development.


I work closely with all of the schools and nurseries within the trust to develop provision, improve transitions and monitor progress. I advise on organisation of the classroom space and timetable, the use of Continuous Provision and Objective Led planning. I am also able to support with effective observations and assessment. I support the other schools in the learning partnership complete baseline assessments and analyse data and moderate judgements between the schools. I can provide support for RWI Phonics in Reception, Talk for Writing and the use of dough gym/funky fingers to improve fine motor skills. I work with schools and nurseries to identify gaps in their attainment and provision and support them to develop their practice to raise standards.



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