Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs): These are our outstanding middle and senior leaders, each of whom have a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues and teachers in similar positions in other schools.

Some of our SLEs also focus specifically on developing classroom expertise. For many the role is dual, and includes developing the capacity and capability of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice within their own schools.

OSCAs SLEs have a track record of relevant and successful leadership expertise to draw upon. They combine their outreach role with leadership roles here at OSCA. We have found this to be essential when working with other schools, as those colleagues being coached know that our SLEs are also practitioners. It creates credibility. Our SLEs know what they are talking about because they do it day in and day out themselves.

All of OSCAs SLEs have…

  • evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • a good understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in their field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
  • a good understanding of how their specialism and skills can contribute to wider school improvement goals
  • an analytical approach in identifying and prioritising needs
  • the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  • the ability to grow leadership capacity in others

Please see our individual SLE profiles, which outline the myriad of expertise we have to offer. Our SLEs will work through one-to-one or group support, and at times and timeframes to suit your school’s development needs.

NameArea of Support
Adrian PriceCPD Provision Review, CPD Structures and Practice, Development and implementation of QA systems, Support with departmental reviews
Becky MaidenCPD Systems, NQTs, Teach Firsts, Schools Direct, Teaching Learning
Martin SorbyEnglish – curriculum leadership & pedagogy, Whole school literacy, Boys progress & achievement.
Kabir AhmedAttendance, Behaviour, NQT/Trainee Teachers, Teach Firsts, Schools Direct
Becky BallPerforming and Production Arts, Creative & engaging teaching & learning strategies.
Becky RockEnglish, Literacy, Initial Teacher Training, CPD
Adam DayEnglish Curriculum, Leadership of English