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BEST Education Services And School Improvement

School to School Support

Lead Teachers & Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) 

The concept of the SLE role was introduced in 2011. The role aims to help to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children. 

Our Lead Teachers and SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals and/or teams 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. This team focus on developing leadership capacity and developing classroom expertise. These roles allow for the development of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities.

BEST Education Services and School Improvement Team have successfully recruited and trained a team of Lead Teachers and SLEs to work in Central Bedfordshire and beyond. The Team is responsible for their deployment and have set a daily rate of £350 (minimum allocation of time is a half day) for all commissions. If you are interested in commissioning a member of our team, please contact Alison Wilshaw (details below).

The areas they cover include-

  • KS 1/2/3/4/5 English                                               
  • KS 1/2/3/4/5 Maths                           
  • KS 1/2/3/4/5 Science
  • MFL    
  • HPA                                                               
  • Humanities                                        
  • PE
  • Performing Arts 
  • Music 
  • SEND
  • Early Career Framework Training
  • NPQs
  • EYFS
  • Phonics                    
  • Wellbeing
  • Equality & Diversity                                          
  • Behaviour/Attendance
  • Art & DT

If you are interested in working with a Lead Teacher/SLE or would like to find out more about their areas of expertise, please contact:

Alison Wilshaw on 

Susanne Combe on

Sarah Pearman on


Lead Teacher & SLEs

Lead Teachers     SLEs  
Specialism Name   Specialism  Name 
Art Jo Hammond   Behaviour & Attendance Richard Scoot
Attendance & Behaviour Michael Craddock   Behaviour / SEN Becky Byrne
English/Science Milli Evanson   English Emily Wrigglesworth
Equality & Diversity Vishalie Yadav   English (KS3/KS4/KS5) Alex Mason 
EYFS Lucy Blackford   EYFS Sarah Horne 
Geography Jason Hatchell   EYFS Lisa Lenk
HPA Lee Hubbard   EYFS & Leadership Ashleigh Ferdinand
Maths Julie Undrell   Geography  Alan Lovesey 
MFL Lisa Oestreicher   Geography / Teaching & Learning  Hannah Potter
NQT/ECF/Music Emily Hardy   Humanities Vicky Lake
PE Jimmy Hart   Maths Douglas Leonard
PE/Wellbeing Natasha Cooper   Maths (KS1/KS2/KS3) Sarah Hughes
Primary Geography (KS2) Suze Prendergast   Maths (KS1/KS2/KS3) Lynn Minshull
Primary History Damien Roberts   Maths (KS1/KS2/KS3) Juliet Parker
RE Michael Ward   Maths (KS3/KS4/KS5) Aaron Beckett
Science Rob Graves   Maths (KS3/KS4/KS5) Justin Togher
Secondary History Julia Haynes   MFL Katherine Brown 
SEND Thomas Rowell   PE (KS2/KS3) Sarah Robson
Wellbeing Alison Sugden   Performing Arts / Teaching & Learning Joya Brahmachari-Limb
      Phonics / English (KS1) Kate Mackenzie
      Science (KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5) Christian Langley
      Teaching & Learning  Katie Bridge 
      Teaching & Learning / Humanities Flora Burt