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BEST Education Services And School Improvement

Specialist Leaders in Education

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. 

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. SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles (e.g. advanced skills teachers) focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing 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 SLEs to work in Central Bedfordshire. The Team is responsible for their deployment and have set a daily rate of £350 (minimum allocation of time is a half day) for commissions in Central Bedfordshire. If you are not in Central Bedfordshire and are interested in commissioning a SLE 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 SLE or would like to find out more about their areas of expertise, please contact:

Alison Wilshaw on 

Susanne Combe on

Sarah Pearman on



Name  Specialism 
Richard Scoot Behaviour & Attendance
Becky Byrne Behaviour / SEN
Emily Wrigglesworth English
Alex Mason  English (KS3/KS4/KS5)
Sarah Horne  EYFS
Lisa Lenk EYFS
Ashliegh Ferdinand EYFS & Leadership
Alan Lovesey  Geography 
Hannah Potter Geography / Teaching & Learning 
Vicky Lake Humanities
Douglas Leonard Maths
Sarah Hughes Maths (KS1/KS2/KS3)
Lynn Minshull Maths (KS1/KS2/KS3)
Juliet Parker Maths (KS1/KS2/KS3)
Aaron Beckett Maths (KS3/KS4/KS5)
Justin Togher Maths (KS3/KS4/KS5)
Katherine Brown  MFL
Sarah Robson PE (KS2/KS3)
Joya Brahmachari-Limb Perfoming Arts / Teaching & Learning
Kate Mackenzie Phonics / English (KS1)
Christian Langley Science (KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5)
Katie Bridge  Teaching & Learning 
Flora Burt Teaching & Learning / Humanities