Specialist Leaders of Education
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. Our SLEs 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.
Before a SLE is deployed a brokerage contract is completed to outline specifically what the area of focus is, the agreed duration/scope of the deployment and impact indicators.
SLE commissioning needs to be brokered through Woodfield Teaching School Alliance – telephone 0208 205 1977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Woodfield Teaching School Alliance has appointed the following SLEs who are available for deployment:
Phonics & Literacy
I currently teach at Oakington Manor Primary School where I am leader for Year Two and hold responsibility for Literacy for EFYS and KS1. As part of this role I lead school training in Literacy and Phonics. I observe and coach teachers in making improvements to their practice. Since taking on this role, over 96% of our children have passed their phonic screening check. I provide support for teachers across all the key stages in Literacy and especially phonics for key stage 2 teachers. Additionally, I lead training of all Teaching Assistants in Phonics and the running of interventions. I am a student mentor for GTP, PGCE and now SDT (Schools Direct Trainee) mentor. In my previous role, I was Key Stage One co-ordinator and coached team members in improving our teaching of children with EAL. I was part of a training programme in Brent for Assessing children with English as an additional language, which was recorded and used for training in the borough.
“Ruby has led her subject area and year group as an exemplary leader. She is proactive, insightful and has built excellent relationships with the wider staff body and SLT. Her coaching and mentoring skills are self-evident in her relationships with staff and schools direct trainee teachers. She is skilful at challenging under performance and . . . is goal focused and will try multi ways to approach problems to get the desired results.” ~ Ms. Simrita Singh, Head of School, Oakington Manor Primary School
PE & SEND
I am a fully qualified PE teacher with extensive experience in Special Needs Education and disability. My current role is at The Village School in the London Borough of Brent as lead Physical Education teacher, teaching pupils between 3-19 with a wide range of complex needs, communication, ASC, physical, medical and sensory impairment. We are an outstanding special school with a track record of excellence in physical education and disability sport.
My specialism within Special Needs Physical Education has supported our school to gain the PE Quality Mark and receive recognition from educational advisors with our innovative PE Curriculum. I am fully committed to an inclusive approach to teaching physical education, ensuring that all pupils have entitlement of access pertinent to their needs. I work with a transdisciplinary team of therapists which has been instrumental in developing my knowledge and understanding of holistic working.
My outreach work experience includes working with teachers to support the development of actions plans, coaching, team teaching, training, INSET and assessments. The most effective work happens when everyone is on board and working towards an agreed outcome. I believe in a collegiate and collaborative approach and have learned much from working in other settings. A key achievement has been working with schools internationally, providing support for Special Needs Schools in Grenada to plan and facilitate an inclusive PE Curriculum and continue the growth of disability sport with the Jason Roberts Foundation.
PSHE & SEND
I work at Woodfield School as the lead for PSHE (KS3). The school is a provision for students with Special needs, (SLD, MLD, Autism). I have twenty two years of experience of working with students with Special needs.
In my current post I have helped formulate the Semi-formal Curriculum, drafted and implemented RSE across the School, initiated and developed Vocational Education in KS3, trained staff on positive Behaviour support and STRIDE. I have also mentored and coached trainee teachers and am supporting other Middle leaders. I have published an article on Reflective Assessment: Individualised by Individualities, in the British Journal of Learning Support.
My passion is to help people with special needs be as independent as possible and be completely integrated into the community. I respect the high morals and efforts of professionals working with people with SEN. As an SLE, I am very happy to work with other professionals to strengthen their achievements and together achieve the best outcomes for our students.
Autism & SEND
I have worked in education for over 15yrs and witnessed many changes.
Starting as a Youth worker and progressing to a Head of Year in a mainstream secondary school, I lead on Behaviour Management and Pastoral Support for 5 years. I have developed bespoke workshops and curriculums for students which have been otherwise disengaged and lead training on behaviour management strategies.
I am currently an Assistant Headteacher leading on Equality and Diversity at Woodfield School in the London Borough of Brent; having recently completed an NPQSL for Senior Leadership. I am currently leading on 2 Equality and Diversity Awards across Woodfield School and The Village School.
I enjoy teaching children and young people to read for a purpose and the enjoyment of books and stories. I have most recently become an ASC specialist for which I have taught at secondary level for several years. I have a PG Cert in Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. As a practitioner I am continually developing and sharing through training a variety of methods to use with students on the spectrum based on their interest and needs. I am a student mentor for trainee teachers and NQTs.
Key to my teaching is enablement. I believe teaching is about empowering others as well as passing on knowledge from experience. I have many different experiences to share and look forward to supporting you on your journey through teaching!
Complex Needs & SEND
I am an experienced school leader specialising in the education of pupils with Complex Needs. I am a trained ‘Advanced Reviewer’ for Challenge Partners and is trained in conducting SEND reviews.
With expertise and experience in supporting schools in improving outcomes for pupils with SEND through:
- inclusive provision
- specific skill development of staff
- improved behaviour of pupils
- SENCO Coaching
- Joint Practice development between schools
- Developing Continuing Professional Learning and Development
“Sue uses her huge depth of understanding to support all staff and the SLT on all occasions. She regularly coached our teaching staff both individually and as a group. This has involved team teaching over a period of weeks, supporting teachers in developing their planning, developing the curriculum, integrating therapy within teachers’ practice. Sue makes good use of data to measure and evaluate impact. At all times, Sue has demonstrated a professional approach inculcated with energy and urgency.” ~ Kay Charles (Johnson), Head Teacher of The Village School
Autism & SEND
I am an Assistant Head at Woodfield School, a special school for MLD, SLD and complex pupils including those on the Autism Spectrum. I lead on KS3 as well as the Provision for Pupils on the Autism Spectrum across the school from 11-19 years. I regularly deliver quality INSET to Woodfield staff and have performed some outreach work with other schools, implementing sustained change within and across settings. I have designed a bespoke CPLD Programme for Teaching Assistants at Woodfield, where impact evidence demonstrates positive changes in knowledge, behaviour and outcomes for pupils. I also have oversight for the KS2-3 transition, working alongside local SEND and mainstream primary schools. This has highlighted the importance of personalised support for pupils with SEND. More recently, I have overseen the development of a new life-skills based curriculum having a pupil’s EHCP at the centre of their learning. During my time at Woodfield School I have been instrumental in leading my colleagues in best practice and bringing about positive outcomes for pupils. I enjoy problem solving, thinking creatively and being solution driven.
Early Years & SEND
Behaviour & SEND