Teaching Schools and system leaders support the Department for Education’s goal to provide educational excellence everywhere so that every child and young person can access high-quality provision, achieving to the best of their ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.

SLEs act as ‘system leaders’ and play an increasingly important part in leading and developing the school system. They are outstanding middle or senior leaders with at least two years’ experience in their field of expertise.They have the capacity and commitment to support middle and senior leaders in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of specialism looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders achieve it in their own context.

They successfully use coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. SLEs have both an analytical approach in identifying and prioritising needs and also the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices. In addition one of their prime skills is the ability to grow leadership capacity in others.

Regardless of the type of support delivered, the ultimate aim of SLEs will always be to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children through developing the capacity of peer leaders in other schools. SLEs also play a key role in the future development of schools by identifying outstanding future leaders. 

Nationally there are currently over 7,300 designated SLEs. The nationally agreed daily rate for an SLE is £350 per day.

West Herts Teaching School currently have 23 SLEs with a wealth of experience


SLE Support Form Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are experienced and outstanding middle and senior leaders, recruited by Teaching Schools on the basis of their knowledge of what outstanding leadership practice looks like in their area of expertise, and are skilled in helping other leaders achieve it in their own context.

We have recruited 23 SLEs in 8 areas of expertise. To find out more about an individual, click on their name to view their pen portrait.


If you would like to work with one of our SLEs, please complete this online form and our SLE Co-ordinator will be in contact.




Role in own school

Ursula Andrew Primary/Secondary Chessbrook ESC Lead Practitioner (SEND) SEND, Behaviour & Discipline
Polly Bentley Primary Windermere Primary School Deputy Headteacher Maths, ITT, Leadership
Joanna Bracken Primary Hurst Drive Primary School Deputy Headteacher Science
Elaine Bridle Primary Fleetville Junior School Deputy Headteacher and INCo  SEND
Charlotte Clynes Primary Northgate Primary School   PSHE, Phonics, Leadership
Tamsin Gianonne Primary Little Reddings Primary School Assistant Headteacher  CPD, Curriculum, English, Phonics, ITT
Claire Golding Primary Bowmans Green Primary School Deputy Headteacher  Maths
Deborah Harris Primary Wormley Primary School Assistant Headteacher  Maths, Leadership
Claire Hawtin Primary Bovingdon Primary Academy ITT Lead ITT, Maths, NQT
Marc Lewis All through school Wren Academy Finance and Operations Director Academies, CPD, SBM
Xania Matthews Primary Hammond Academy Year 2 Leader  Science
Louise McCann Primary The Grove Academy Assistant Principal in Early Years
and Key Stage 1
Susan Miller Secondary Chessbrook ESC Primary Co-ordinator SEND, Behaviour & Discipline
Karen Morley Primary Killigrew Primary School Deputy headteacher Curriculum Leadership, English, ITT, NQT
Katherine Norris Primary Killigrew Primary School   Science
Dave Presky 3-13 years York House School Head of ICT  ICT
Esme Reynolds Secondary Garston Manor School Assistant Headteacher SEND
Samantha Ruck Primary Boxmoor Primary School EYFS and KS1 Lead  EYFS
Annie Swan Primary Brockswood Primary School Deputy Headteacher Maths, ITT, Teaching & Learning
Ben Webb Primary Wormley Primary School English Leader and Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6 Primary English, Outstanding Teaching & Learning
Amanda Withers Primary Malvern Way Infant and Nursery School   EYFS, ITT, Curriculum, Coaching & Mentoring
 Emma McKenna  Secondary  Dacorum Education Support Centre  Assistant Headteacher  Behaviour & Discipline
 Richard Baker  Secondary  The Astley School  Associate Assistant Headteacher  Science
 Wendy Mander  Secondary  The Astley School  Subject Leader of Mathematics Maths