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First Specialist Leaders of Education


At the start of the Summer term, we were pleased to celebrate the designation of seven teachers in the STAR Teaching School Alliance  as Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE). The appointments are nationally recognised and made by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. They are the first SLEs to be appointed by the alliance, which was formally designated a Teaching School Alliance by the National College in March 2016.

SLEs are an important element of sector-led school improvement. They are highly skilled practitioners who have demonstrated the ability to lead school improvement by coaching and supporting other colleagues. The government has identified that this is an extremely effective way of driving improvement and raising standards in schools.

The SLEs were presented with their official certificate from the National College by Shonette Bason-Wood who was a keynote speaker at the alliance’s annual teaching and learning conference. The headteacher of Monk Fryston School, Mr Rick Weights, said, “We are delighted that these colleagues have been formally recognised as expert practitioners. They do exceptional work across the region and are vital to improving outcomes for pupils.”

There are currently approximately 8,000 designated SLEs across the country. Teaching schools and system leaders support the Department for Education’s goal to provide every child and young person with access to high-quality provision, achieving to the best of their ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.

Left to Right: Jessica Dales (Monk Fryston CE Primary), Georgina Holmes (Appleton Roebuck Primary), Val Law (Monk Fryston CE Primary), Shonette Bason-Wood, Sarah Poulter (Barkston Ash RC Primary), Michaela Pratt (South Milford Primary), Sarah Lees (South Milford Primary), Debra Seekings (Sherburn Hungate Primary)