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Specialist Leader in Education

We have a number of SLEs who can support your school on both a strategic and practical level for a day visit or for a longer period. SLE deployments can offer school improvement opportunities and peer to peer support.

What is an SLE?

SLEs support individual leaders and teams in schools by coaching or facilitation, drawing on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area. The aim of SLEs is to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children. SLEs will support high quality professional development of leaders.

What our SLEs can offer

  • Individual coaching on site.
  • Organise and coordinate groups of colleagues e.g. Lesson Study.
  • Specific training programmes.
  • Invitations to your school to share practice.
  • Moderate and support department reviews.
  • Support with marking, moderation and assessment.
  • Developing schemes of learning and curriculum

We have an experienced SLE team who can help you develop your own school’s practice.

Vicky Beare

Vicky Beare

Vicky was the first early years specialist leader of education to be designated. She has worked in a variety of reception classes, private voluntary settings and with child minders. She now leads a nurture group and has experience of providing support and training to a range of practitioners.


Tracey Jackson

Tracey currently teaches at Birchwood Nursery School, she has supported teams in primary schools to develop their early years provision. She has lead workshops including den building and wood work.


Lucy Parker

Lucy ParkerLucy has worked in early years for many years and currently teaches at Ludwick Nursery School. She has taught nursery and reception classes in both Primary and Nursery schools. She has supported teams in developing indoor and outdoor environments, offering support with routines, planning and assessment and engaging parents.

We have recently recruited new SLEs for Acorns TSA who are also available to support you and your team.


Sally Laflin

Sally LaflinSally has been teaching since 1998, and has worked across the primary phase. She has been working in the foundation stage since 2004 and as a senco since 2006. She has been part of the team at Ludwick nursery school since 2011. She works as part of an outreach team called shooting stars which supports early years settings develop their Speech and language provision. Her specialism is special educational needs with a focus on speech and language.


Ben Reader

Ben Reader

Ben is an assistant head at Woolenwick infant school in Stevenage. His specialisms include Music , Art (philosophy and storytelling) and computing. Ben also has experience with Reggio Emilia environments and mentoring.


Charlotte Morgan

CharlotteCharlotte has taught and led across the early years and key stage 1 for 8 years and is currently a lead nursery teacher at Kingswood Early Years Centre. Charlotte is a qualified level 3 Forest School leader and have led Forest School across the 2-11 age range. She is passionate about learning through real life experiences, outdoor learning, mentoring colleagues and engaging parents. As well as supporting with those areas she can also advise on developing teams, creating inspiring indoor and outdoor environments, planning systems and assessment.


Claire Cobain

Claire CobainClaire has been teaching for 16 years starting her career in a large 3 form entry primary school in North London where she taught mainly in Reception and nursery, but has experience in Key Stage 1 and Year 3. Claire became a Foundation Stage leader early in her career and this soon became her passion. She now holds a senior role at Arlesdene Nursery School and Pre-school in Cheshunt where she has extended her leadership skills through leading a team of 10 early years’ practitioners. Her specialist areas are Early Years, particularly in developing planning, assessment and analysis of data and ensuring enabling environments for all children. Claire also specialises in supporting young children with additional needs.


Sarah Hedges

Sarah Hedges

Sarah qualified as a teacher in 1994 and has worked in Primary Schools across all key stages. She has had experience as subject and phase leader, with a particular wealth of expertise in the Early Years where she has been EYFS leader. Sarah is currently the Deputy Head of an outstanding Nursery in an Early Years Centre.

Sarah leads on teaching and learning throughout the school and has developed and embedded assessment across the centre, working closely with the Children Centres and 2 and 3 years old provision. She has a passion for children learning through high quality child initiated play and has supported staff to develop the continuous provision in the indoor and outdoor environment. Sarah works closely with local schools to develop continuity through assessment and sharing of best practise. As part of the Acorns Teaching School she has delivered training and workshops.


Lucy Harrow

Lucy Harrow

Lucy has been teaching for 6 years and is currently teaching at Woolenwick Infant School. Her specialist area is the Early Years, where she has taught in Nursery and Reception. Lucy is passionate about the Early Years and dedicated to creating exciting and meaningful opportunities for children.  She also specialises in outdoor learning and lead Forest School at Woolenwick.  Lucy has worked with local schools in supporting with planning, developing the quality of outdoor learning and enriching environments.

If you are interested in gaining accreditation as a Leading Early Years Educator, please contact us.