We have a full range of specialisms covered by the team of SLEs who all have a proven record in school to school support.

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. 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.

The Schools White Paper introduced the concept of the SLE role, which will help to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children. This designation recognises the important role that many senior and middle leaders play in supporting their peers to develop.

Key points:

  • Whilst SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school, regardless of the school's Ofsted grade. However, the head and chair of governors must agree that the school has the capacity to release them.
  • SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria.
  • SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example a subject area, inclusion, literacy, early years, behaviour or school business management. A list of areas of expertise can be found on our website.
  • There is no pre-defined time commitment for SLE work because models and types of deployment will vary, but on average it will be around 15 days a year.
  • There are no plans to have a pay scale for SLEs, or a set payment rate for SLE time. Deployment may result in some funding for the SLE's school, although this will need to be agreed by all parties involved and by the appropriate teaching school alliance. Even if remuneration does not take the form of direct funding, it could involve an exchange of services that may help support or enhance an area of the SLE's school.

SLE Recruitment

SLE application form

SLE application guidance

Current SLE's

Individual SLE profiles are available on request.



Gabrielle Velasco MFL
Deborah Haldane Maths; Teaching, Learning & Assessment; Pupil Premium
Paula Cunliffe Maths
Allan Nugent Maths
Paul Coffey Numeracy
James Jones Computing; ICT
Jean Jenkins RE
Alison Roberts English
Andrea Gilbert English
Sue Pilkington English
Stephen McGuire English
Karen Cleary English
Cathy Strode Literacy
Joseph Brennan Geography
Diane Ross Teaching, Learning & Assessment
Graham Warner Music; Continuous Professional Development
Helen Pinnington Teaching & Learning; Leadership Development
Lee Humphreys Science
Leanne McCabe Science
Nicola Sollars Science
Pauline Ellison Performing Arts; Development of Cultural Education
Beverley Harrison Music
Liam Mackenzie Pupil Progress & Music
Helen Chappel CPD & Drama
Rachel Barrow MFL
Jason Roberts Assessment, Behaviour and Discipline and Closing the Gap
Paul Creed Data and Assessment
Emma Scott Maths

Teaching School Contact Info

Mrs Jane Kennedy
Position : Teaching School Director
Phone : 0151 235 1620
Email : jane.kennedy@stjohnbosco.org.uk

Teaching School Contact Info

Mrs Mary Houghton
Position : Teaching School Manager
Phone : 0151 235 1620
Email : houghtonm@stjohnbosco.org.uk