Specialist Leaders

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders (including Assistant Headteachers, Subject Leaders or School Business Managers) with at least 2 years’ experience in a particular field of expertise.

SLEs 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. Teaching schools are responsible for the recruitment, assessment, designation, brokerage and quality assurance of SLEs.

SLE Recruitment – Isle of Wight Schools only

Portswood Teaching School Alliance, working in conjunction with Lanesend Primary and the Island Teaching Alliance, is currently recruiting for SLE’s from the Isle of Wight.

More information for the role can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/specialist-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants

To apply, please download, complete and return the application form SLE Application Form

Current Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)


Base School


Abi Rivitt

Weston Park

Early Years leadership

Amy Warbey

St Marys CE Primary

Closing the gap, English, maths, phonics

Caroline Firman

Sinclair Primary


Caroline Webb

Ludlow Infant


Cate Gregory

Shirley Infant School

EY, PSHE, Phonics, Behaviour

Charlotte Stillwell

St Marys CE Primary

Leadership of CPD and Curriculum, Closing the gap, Drama, EY, Phonics

Gemma Brumwell

Mason Moor Primary

Primary KS2

Gemma Elsworthy

Thornhill Primary

Curriculum Lead, Science Lead, ITT and NQT

Jess Lott

Shirley Warren Primary

Primary Maths

Lewis Tribbeck

Thornhill Primary

Reading Lead, Computing Lead, ITP & NQT

Mark Berry

St Mary’s CE Primary

Primary Inclusions

Nagindra Chungh

St Mary’s CE Primary


Roisin Philip

Portswood Primary Academy Trust

Leadership of Curriculum, Closing the gap, Phonics, ITT, behaviour

Sarah Anderson

Swaythling Primary

Primary (not EY)

Sarah Carpenter

Portswood Primary Academy Trust

Primary and Secondary, English, EAL

Sian Carr

Thornhill Primary

Vikki Batten

Ludlow Infant

Business Manager

Paul Swindale

Tauntons College

Music, Support for most able, attendance

Sarah Iles

Cantell School

Secondary ITT & NQT

Siobhan Dodds

Cantell School

Secondary PE, ITT, Coaching