Specialist Leader of Education
SLEs are experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism (for example, Maths, initial teacher training, behaviour). The role of the SLE is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. SLEs can provide one-to-one or group support. SLEs are designated by NCTL.
Ed has been Head of French at Kings’ since 2013, leading a consistently high performing department. Prior to working at Kings’, Ed worked in middle management positions in schools in challenging circumstances where he was part of a middle leadership team which successfully moved a school from Ofsted “Requires Improvement” to “Good” in 12 months.
Ed has a particular interest in developing and delivering inspirational practice with a sharp focus on engagement and challenge for all pupils. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in behaviour management and teaching techniques leading to rapid progress.
Ed is a member of the Kings’ School coaching team and is currently involved in training other colleagues in “Relationships for Learning” as part of the school’s Professional Learning Communities CPD programme. Ed has also led modern foreign language workshops during WTSA common closure days.
Su has successfully lead the Religious Studies Department at Kings’ School for 24 years and has been a Middle Leadership Development Programme Facilitator for 6 years. She has extensive experience of leading a department to excellence and maintaining a high level of performance and is recognised for developing others within the field of Religious Studies via her work with the County Steering Group and in other local schools. With her proven track record of facilitating the Middle Leadership Development Programme and Initial Teaching Trainee mentoring, Su is committed to ensuring that the next generation of teachers is highly skilled.
Abby has been teaching in primary education for 15 years, working at Weeke Primary School throughout this time. After being a class teacher for seven years, Abby was appointed as Deputy Headteacher and maths lead. As part of the Senior Leadership Team at Weeke, Abby supports the development of teaching and learning across the school through teaching, mentoring, staff training, monitoring and performance management. Alongside her role at Weeke, Abby is a specialist maths mastery teacher with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM); this role involves working with other schools in Hampshire to develop their approach to maths mastery teaching.
Jacob Lean is currently Head of Science at Kings’ School. He has recently completed an MSc Learning and Teaching at Oxford University focusing on how science departments can use resources to intervene with niche groups. As an SLE, Jake has supported 4 schools with varying needs, but mostly with Head of Department development and Curriculum Design (both KS3 and KS4 in line with the new specifications). Jake has been a mentor for the School Direct scheme for a number of years and has also designed a bespoke training package for the TSST Physics government scheme which has been assessed by the National College as a case of excellent practice. Jake is also a Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) and is part of the ASE regional committee. He has a passion for STEM and has been involved in numerous local and national events. Jake’s passion is for teaching and raising the professional profile of teachers.
Lindsey has been teaching at Kings’ School for 18 years and has been running the German Department since 2008. She has developed schemes of work to accommodate two major transitions in the languages curriculum and has organised an exchange programme with Kings’ partner school in Germany for the last fifteen years.
Lindsey has worked successfully as a coach alongside colleagues in the school and runs a Professional Learning Community focusing on Key Skills for the new GCSE curriculum. A highly reflective practitioner, Lindsey has worked as a curriculum mentor with trainees on the School Direct programme for the last two years.
Lindsey believes passionately in the education of the pupil as a whole person and uses her lessons to teach life as well as cross-curricular and language skills. An advocate for all pupils, Lindsey feels that the key to effective learning is outstanding relationships and promotes this actively in all aspects of her professional life.
Karen has worked at St Bede Primary School for 10 years. She began her career there as an NQT and has worked in all year groups across the Early Years and Key Stage One. She was recognised as an outstanding practitioner in the schools most recent Ofsted inspection (2014) and is regularly used as an example of good practice within her school as well as with visitors who are keen to develop their own practice at KS1. Karen has been the Key Stage One Leader for 2 years now, working closely with the Headship Team to develop teaching and learning across the school and implementing a new curriculum. She played an instrumental role in developing a ‘cutaway’ teaching style across the school with the aim of having no missed minutes of learning within each lesson to maximise teaching impact through personalised learning opportunities. Karen has led maths across KS1 for 7 years. She spent a year as a Leading Maths Teacher for the county before undertaking her MaST qualification which enabled her to develop her expertise to support with maths across the primary phase. Karen has worked with staff across a number of different schools providing coaching and mentoring to develop their practice and understanding of teaching and learning at KS1. As well as leading maths Karen has also been recognised for her phonics teaching and has led a number of workshops at the University of Winchester.
I have been teaching in primary schools for 16 years and have been a Deputy Headteacher for the last 8 years at St. Bede CE Primary. At St. Bede, I take the lead on developing the quality of teaching learning and assessment and have also supported other schools in the Winchester area. I have played an instrumental role in developing a ‘cutaway’ teaching style across the school, particularly with NQTs, with the aim of having no missed minutes of learning within each lesson to maximise teaching impact through personalised learning opportunities.
In my assessment leadership role, I have devised and implemented a rigorous assessment system (linked to the Hampshire model) which ensures clear progression and tracks the children effectively across the school and have worked with another school to help support the further development of their assessment tracking system.
Anna Payne is currently joint Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator of English at Kings’ School in Winchester. Together with her colleague, Naomi Small, they have worked to overhaul the Key Stage 3 English curriculum in light of the changes at Key Stage 2 and 4; in order to ensure that it is both engaging and rigorous. They have pioneered the ‘Speak Out Challenge’ which aims to build up students’ resilience whilst also promoting the use of academic language in classroom discussions. With a strong belief that disadvantage should never be a barrier to attainment, Anna has developed the Reading Partners programme to support those pupils in Year 7 who lack confidence with their Reading and has also led the use of the Small Group Intervention strategy for pupils who need specific skills developed. Anna is as passionate about teaching and learning as she is about English and she enjoys sharing ideas with colleagues.
Ian is an experienced leader and manager working at Kings’ School as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. He has gained extensive management knowledge through his previous military career, has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has gained the IOSH Managing Safely qualification. He leads the whole of the support function at Kings’ including the site team, the in-house catering team and the community staff as well as having overall management of the Administration and Finance Teams. Ian has represented Hampshire schools as a member of the Soft Facilities Management procurement steering group and is currently the Hampshire secondary school representative on the Children’s Services health and safety review panel. Ian has conducted an extensive review of the support function within Kings’ School which has led to a number of restructuring initiatives as well as managing the successful closure of the Kings’ Boarding House and subsequent redundancy programme. He is now engaged in the early stages of an exciting building project aiming to deliver new classroom spaces by 2018.
Ian has been teaching in primary education for 24 years and has worked at Colden Common Primary School for the last 6 years. He has led maths and is currently Yr 3/4 phase leader. Previously he has substantial and successful experience of teaching in Year 6. During this time, Ian has gained his MaST qualification which has further developed his expertise in supporting his colleagues to deliver a highly effective primary Maths curriculum. Ian is part of the Senior Leadership Team and has led and implemented a new mastery-based curriculum across the school. He has developed staff knowledge of this through INSET, staff meetings and coaching and mentoring. Ian has worked with staff from other schools providing support on areas such as how to develop greater depth within mathematics and has provided guidance for NQTs, developing their practice and understanding of teaching and learning.
Tessa Player has worked at Kings’ School for 13 years and is the Key Stage 4 coordinator for English. For much of that time, she has lead a large team of colleagues in a high performing department to deliver English and English Literature GCSE courses.
Tessa has created and implemented schemes of work for the new AQA English GCSE courses and is known for her innovative approaches to course design/structuring and preparing pupils to be ready for the demands of answering specific quesions under examination conditions.
In 2008, in order provide an additional opportunity for stretch and challenge for some of the school’s most high attaining children, Tessa introduced Psychology as an option for GCSE pupils and now over 100 pupils study the subject on an annual basis.
Kathryn has been teaching in primary schools for 11 years and has focussed the last 6 years of her career in Special Educational Needs and Disability co-ordination at St Bede CE Primary School. Kathryn also takes the lead on Pupil Premium provision and is the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. She is responsible for putting in place and monitoring provision across the whole school for pupils on the SEND register. She regularly tracks data regarding interventions which take place, analyses this information, and adapts or changes provision as necessary.
Kathryn runs a number of interventions across the school, and provides staff training in a number of areas of SEND. She works closely with teaching staff and the Learning Support Assistant team to develop their understanding and improve their practice regarding children with SEN and disabilities, and children in other vulnerable groups. In her role, Kathryn has also had extensive experience of working with outside agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils with SEND.
Elaine has successfully led an outstanding History Department, obtaining excellent GCSE results, since 2012. She is committed to collaboration and the sharing of good practice between colleagues and ensuring high quality teaching within her subject area. Elaine is passionate about all pupils accessing the History curriculum irrespective of their circumstances and this reflected by the wide range of extra curricular visits offered by her team and the consistently high number of pupils opting to study her subject at GCSE level. Elaine is also a successful curriculum mentor of trainee History teachers.
Matt is a highly experienced teacher of ICT, Business and Computing, and previously a pastoral leader, who currently is the Whole School ICT Coordinator at Kings’ School. In this role, Matt aims to improve both the quality of ICT opportunities provided for pupils and the confidence of his colleagues to use new technologies effectively in their teaching. Matt champions e-safety at the school and also oversees the OCR GCSE Computing option the school offers to its pupils at KS4.