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Specialist Leader of Education

We have a number of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) 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

Interested in becoming an SLE?

We are looking for SLE’s with a specialism in EYFS/KS1. Expertise in a particular curriculum area would be an advantage.

  • You will need successful leadership experience in your own school and others
  • A passion for developing strong Early Years/KS1 practice for every child
  • Strong communication skills to grow leadership capacity in others

If you are interested in gaining accreditation as a Leading Early Years Educator, please email us for more information;

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.

Ria Haley

Ria is the Nursery Class Teacher at Tenterfield Nursery School. She has worked within maintained nursery schools for 16 years. Ria is also a Tutor and Assessor in Early Years and has trained many Early Years Educators at Level 2 and 3.

Ria is passionate about supporting and mentoring members of the early years workforce. Assisting professionals to engage in their own learning and development, building upon their existing skills and knowledge which contributes to improving outcomes for children.

With experience of working with Acorns TSA on the DfE ‘Communicate to Succeed’ project and a project with University of Hertfordshire based on ‘exploring the learning opportunities created by practitioner interactions with young children which extend vocabulary and improving language development through curiosity and investigation in science’ Ria has a keen interest in the importance of high quality interactions to facilitate deeper levels of engagement and learning.

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.


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.

Tom Robinson

Tom has spent his career thus far as a KS1 teacher at Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School in Stevenage. His specialisms are Forest School (qualified Level 3 leader) and Physical Education. For the past 2 years Tom has lead Forest School across KS1 and has been PE Subject Leader for the past 3 years. He has mentored 2 Sports Apprentices and has enjoyed running various Forest School Staff Training sessions. Tom also had experience with Reggio Emilia environments, storytelling and music.

Claire Murrell

Diane Campkin

Diane is the Early Years Lead at Wormley Primary School, teaching in Reception. She was part of the team that achieved the Herts Quality Mark and as part of the award was responsible for developing outdoor interactions. Diane has also has a specialist interest in maths and has had an article published about developing maths in the Early Years in an EY Journal. As a tutor on the HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work project, Diane is experienced in working with staff to develop their leadership potential and effect positive change. She is currently working on an MEd focusing on language development in the Early Years.

Laura Pezeshkpour

Laura is the Deputy Head at Woolenwick Infants and Nursery School. She has many years of expertise, teaching Reception children and leading a very successful team within Early Years.

She is passionate about supporting all children to learn and develop to their full potential; Learning, Growing and Achieving together.

Her specialisms include Early Years education and Assessment.

Tatum McIntyre

Tatum has been working at Garden City Academy for four years and has taught various year groups, currently teaching year 2 and leading Key stage one. Along with this, Tatum leads British Values and supports with leading the curriculum. Tatum is a Staff Governor who is responsible for monitoring the progress for Pupil Premium children. Tatum leads a writing group along with the English coordinator, which requires meeting weekly to plan new, effective writing models. From this, they have implemented a new handwriting model that has improved the children’s presentation in writing.