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Our SLEs Profiles

Browse through the profiles of our current SLEs to find out more about their areas of specialism:

Darren Alderton

Grange Infant School

KS1, Science, Music
Leads Science subject training for Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT


As Science Co-ordinator for Grange Infant School, I am passionate about encouraging children to develop their scientific enquiry skills through well structured, investigative lessons that are grounded on a core understanding of key scientific concepts. I currently teach Year 1 but have taught a wide range of age groups, including adults with additional needs. I am an established Musical Director locally with a desire to enable all schools to make quality live music and share this in public performances. I have led many regional musical events, including working across local schools as a conductor for the Portsmouth Schools’ Music Festival.

Isobel Andrew

Uplands Primary School

KS2, English

Leads English subject training for Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT

Class Teacher Mentor


I am currently English leader at Uplands Primary school and I have a particular passion for creative writing and guided reading. I have been an English leader for 7 years and during this time, I have also become a KS2 writing moderator. I enjoy working with people and, throughout my career, I have developed my skills as a leader to lead, motivate, inspire and coach others to succeed. I feel it is very important to use a range of approaches to support and lead and it is important to tailor these approaches to suit the needs and context of the school.

Sarah-Jayne Aspland

Gomer Infant School 

KS1, English

OLEVI Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP) Facilitator


I currently teach at Gomer Infant School where I am the Inclusion Manager and the team leader for Early Years. I have also worked with the SEN team as a SENCO support teacher advising and mentoring SENCOs new to post across Hampshire. I also co-deliver the course Survival Skills for SENCOs and Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme for Pioneer Teaching School Alliance.


Liz Baldwin

Wallisdean Junior School 

KS1 and KS2, Curriculum Development, Closing the Gap


I have been teaching for 20 years and currently am Deputy Headteacher at Wallisdean Junior School in Fareham. During my career, I have been fortunate to teach across the junior age range and take a lead in a wide range of areas. 


I am currently a Year 5/6 classteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead and as part of my leadership role hold responsibility for vulnerable pupils, behaviour and attendance. I have also been working on two projects with the Hampshire Maths Team linked to rich mathematical tasks and phase assessment. 


I have supported staff in a variety of roles, using coaching and mentoring to develop practice in order to raise attainment and accelerate progress. I love working with people and I really enjoy the SLE role - working in collaboration with other schools, teachers and leaders to improve outcomes for children.

Alex Bord

Harrison Primary School

Assistant Headteacher

KS1, Curriculum Development, Literacy & Phonics

Leads Phonics and SMSC training for Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT

Delivers SLE training for Pioneer Teaching School Alliance


I have over a period of 9 years been a specialist in a number of areas including phonics, KS1 writing, teaching and learning, UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools, NQT mentoring, PGCE /BEd Mentoring and am currently Assistant Headteacher, Year 1 and PSHCE leader. I have a real passion for developing and empowering others and my SLE role has enabled me to help others to realise the capacity within their own schools. I am empathetic and understanding but also determined and problem solving. I understand the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships with those I work alongside during my deployments. I also understand the importance of ensuring my approach enables colleagues to feel supported and to have ownership over their development. I am extremely lucky to have the role of SLE as my deployments have always enabled me to reflect on and develop my own practice too. Over the last 5 years I have been involved in a number of successful deployments and have worked with a variety of colleagues from Foundation stage to Year 2 to improve outcomes for all. I am both a coach and a mentor and am always open to team teaching and colleagues observing and reflecting on my own practice. Those I have worked alongside have found this to be a highly beneficial aspect of the deployment.


Rebecca Bryant

Baycroft Special School

Maths, SEND Teaching and Learning and Outreach Services


I have been employed at Baycroft School for seven years predominantly as a Maths specialist teacher, and in more recent years, leading Phonics intervention and also as Outreach Co-ordinator. My areas of expertise are in Maths and SEND.   In my role as a Maths teacher at Baycroft I have developed new schemes of work to support staff in delivering an engaging and appropriately differentiated Maths curriculum through a variety of multi-sensory approaches. I continue to support staff in the Maths department in doing so on an individual basis as required.  I have also been involved with raising the standard of classroom teaching across the school, working with individual teachers and carrying out whole staff inset training on outstanding classroom teaching with a particular focus on the use of higher order questioning and differentiation.   In my role as Outreach Co-ordinator I have worked with my colleagues in local mainstream schools in a coaching, mentoring and training capacity to provide staff with increased knowledge, skills and expertise in the teaching and learning and behaviour management of students with SEND. Working together we aim to support school staff in providing the best possible learning experience for students with SEND and to ensure all students reach their full potential.

Abby Cambray

The Lennox Centre, Pupil Behaviour Service


I have been working within the Primary Behaviour Service for 3 years, previously working within a mainstream Primary setting as a KS1 teacher in Hampshire. Within the PBS, I work alongside many schools in the Fareham & Gosport area to support challenging behaviours and addition needs of children in mainstream setting. On a day to day basis, I work closely with schools, parents and other professionals to support individuals in the school environment. Since being in my role in PBS, I have developed my expertise in Autism, becoming an Early Bird practitioner, a Special Friends Facilitator, as well as attending further courses and training on Autism, including the TEACCH programme. I have worked alongside a variety of professionals on strategies, plans, interventions and intensive programmes to support children with different challenging emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) as well as different social & emotional and mental health difficulties.

I have also worked with SLT to develop whole school behaviour management in different areas of the day, including lunchtime structure and management, which have developed. These have been successful interventions, developing individual’s skills and built a confident and effective team for supporting challenging behaviour. I am enthusiastic in supporting others and am motivated to support individuals, teams and whole schools to continue to develop their skills and expertise linking to behaviour and additional needs.

Tracy Coltman

Springwood Infant and Junior School (Federation)

Administration Manager

Administration, Finance, Personnel and Health and Safety


I have been employed at Springwood since 2004.  I originally worked at the Junior school and undertook a new challenge of working at both schools in 2011.  Knowledge is our future and whilst at Springwood I have successfully gained a NVQ 4 – Business Management, Fda in Education Administration and BA (Hons) in Education and Training. 


Through my experiences I have a wealth of information and knowledge that will benefit and help others within their roles.  It is the collective work of all employees within a school that makes it a success to ensure that the key objective is met – happy children who are given the opportunity to grow and learn, in a safe and caring environment. 


I can provide support in all areas of administrative processes to meet organisational needs and statutory requirements.  I have aided support staff and senior leaders within schools providing assistance in my areas of expertise.  I am aware of the pressures and stresses of working in an ever changing environment and would welcome the opportunity to support and learn from others. 

I am a positive, forward looking and innovative person.   I enjoy collaborative working, being able to support and motivate whilst always being reflective on my own standards and levels of achievement.   I am pro-active in my working approach keeping myself updated with changes and developments that impact on my working environment.  I am intrinsically motivated by learning new aspects of my role and being able to support others to achieve their full potential.  I would welcome the opportunity to support other schools with my skills whilst also being able to enhance my own skills and development which will enable me to further support my own school.

Zoë Dudley

Holbrook Primary School  

KS1 and KS2, CPD, Curriculum, Leadership

Leads Assessment training for Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT


I have been Head of School at Holbrook Primary School. Previously, I have been an Assistant Head, a Leading Maths Teacher and worked as both Key Stage 1 and 2 manager. I have been an SLE for 5 years and have enjoyed a variety of deployments during that time. Supporting teachers to plan English and Maths lessons, helping subject managers review their subject and present staff meetings and working alongside teachers who want to develop their subject knowledge and pedagogy have been the brief for my deployments and sums up what I enjoy doing best as an SLE. 

Rosie Earle

Netley Abbey Junior School 

KS2, Maths, Literacy, Phonics


I am currently one of the Deputy Headteachers at Netley Abbey Junior School in Southampton; working as the Director of Teaching and Learning. I have previously worked as an SLE for Surrey County Council, in my role as Key Stage Two Leader and Maths Manager. This role gave me the opportunity to support local primary schools in a coaching capacity. During my time in my current role I have been the lead teaching practitioner, responsible for the coaching and development of our staff and children’s learning across the school. This includes curriculum planning and leading new school initiatives. I am also enjoying my role as a Key Stage 2 Writing Moderator for Hampshire and have been responsible for developing assessment at my own school with my team. 

Kirsty Eddleston

Harrison Primary School

Head of School

KS2, Literacy, Numeracy, Curriculum


I have held a senior role in two different schools within this time, one in special measures and my current school which has been graded by Ofsted as outstanding. My particular areas of expertise are in English, pupil standards and phase leadership. I am also a county KS2 writing moderator.


Stephanie Greenwood

Alverstoke Infant School

KS1, Literacy, Phonics, Curriculum Development, AFL / Tracking Pupil Progress


I am currently Head Teacher at Alverstoke Infants and have previously taken the lead in many subject areas across Foundation and KS1. My main specialist area is Literacy but I have led school improvement in reading, writing and phonics. I have also led teams in curriculum development and instigating a child initiated approach to learning. I am also an experienced coach.

Madeleine House

Crofton School - The Croft

SEN, Behaviour


I have a keen interest in Special Educational Needs, Particularly Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and alternative therapies. During the last 2 years I have been a Leader in Learning; providing support to a team of teaching staff on teaching, learning and curriculum development. Reflecting upon scientific student needs I always aim to find opportunities for exciting and engaging learning opportunities. As a SLE I enjoy providing outreach services to a number of local primary and secondary schools. I have been fortunate enough to work and advise in a variety of areas including behaviour management, inclusion in mainstream settings, SEN and Autism. I have also been deployed in local schools to develop pupil engagement, teaching and learning.

Kati Jeram

Alver Valley Schools

Teaching & Learning and Behaviour


I have over 10 years experience of working in challenging schools, sharing outstanding practise to support schools in achieving excellent progress. I am currently Maths and Teaching & Learning lead for our federation, and love working alongside all levels of staff to inspire and develop them into confident teachers. I am also part of the lesson study project, and mentor NQTs.

Clare Jeffrey

Director of Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT

Secondary, Leadership, CPD, Design and Technology


During my career in education I have had the privilege of working in a wide range of secondary schools in a variety of leadership roles. In my current role, I am the Director of the Fareham and Gosport Primary SCITT and facilitator for the Pioneer Teaching School Alliance.  Some examples of my leadership responsibilities and experiences where I have enjoyed working with and leading individuals and teams are in the areas of:

  • Whole school strategic development including school self-evaluation and improvement plans.
  • Coaching teachers and leaders to develop practice
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Leading and managing teams
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Design and Technology
  • Student Leadership
Diana Massa 
Hiltingbury Junior School

KS1 and KS2, Assessment


I have been teaching twelve years and I am currently an Assistant Headteacher and Assessment Leader at Hiltingbury, and an SLE for Assessment. I am passionate about the power of education to transform and inspire and want pupils to be actively involved in their own learning journey.   I recognise the pivotal role that high quality formative and summative assessment plays in the classroom and want to support schools with this in the context of assessment without levels.  Recently, I have also been seconded as an Interim Assistant Headteacher two days a week at a local Junior School which is currently in Special Measures. Here, I have continued to implement and embed the Hampshire Assessment Model to make the assessment procedures accurate and robust.

Andrew Norris 

Leesland Federation

KS2, Behaviour & Discipline, Maths

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I have been teaching for 18 years and am the Maths Manager at Leesland Federation which is a 3 form entry primary school. I have a range of experience in all aspects of school life and have taught across the junior age range. I am currently a Year 5 class teacher and work as part of the leadership team. Passionate about coaching, I have implemented Lesson Study within the Federation. I have supported colleagues at all stages of their careers in a variety of roles using the GROW model of coaching to develop practice, support professional development and raise attainment.

Lyndsay O’Connor

Northern Federation

KS2, Maths


I am currently the maths leader at Northern Federation and have spent the last three years implementing key changes in the curriculum in order to improve maths throughout the school. I have experience of teaching in all years of Key Stage 2 and have supported the development of maths from Year R to Year 6. I have been fortunate enough to lead both the lower and upper school phase teams, therefore gaining a wealth of experience through the junior ages. I feel that supporting other schools is a fantastic opportunity to coach others and develop the teaching of maths in a variety of settings. I understand the importance of building strong relationships with others and coaching colleagues through key improvements. I feel that my positive attitude can inspire others to overcome challenges and improve outcomes for all children.

Emma Poate

Grange Infant School

KS1, Maths, Numeracy

Facilitator of KS1 Maths collaborative workshops for Pioneer Teaching School Alliance


I have been at Grange Infant School for 11 years.—Year 1 for 3 years, Reception for 4 years (leader for 3) and Year 2 for the last 3 years. I have been maths manager for the last 6 years. I have been a LMT for the last 4 years. I am currently on the second year of the MAST course (2nd cohort).

Fran Pretty 

Cornerstone Primary School

KS1,KS2 English


I am currently the English leader at Cornerstone CofE Primary School and a Year Three teacher. In addition to my daily responsibilities in school, I am currently completing my NPQSL. I have been leading English for 6 years and I have also carried out some associate work for the HIAS English team. I am passionate about using quality texts and films as a starting points for planning highly engaging learning journeys which incorporate reading, SpaG and writing. I have really enjoyed coaching and collaborating with colleagues in other schools. In all my experiences of supporting in other schools, I have found it a mutually beneficial opportunity.

Hayley Sae Kang

Heathfied School

Teaching & Learning and Behaviour


I have ten years experience working over two local special schools in Fareham. I am currently a class teacher Heathfield specialising in working with children with complex learning difficulties and communication and language needs. I have developed an interest in supporting children in developing their communication, including the use of AAC and assistive technology. I am currently completing an Education Doctorate (EdD) researching professionalism and CPD in special schools.

Sarah Thornley

Harrison Primary School

KS2, Assessment, Leadership of Curriculum, English, Art

Leads Art and English subject training for Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT


Leader of teaching & learning in spelling & SPaG provision, KS2 writing moderator, curriculum manager and previous leader of CPD for all NQTs & RQTs. Sarah’s implementation of a new ‘personal’ spelling system across KS2 combined with her coaching support saw KS2 spelling results increase to 97%.

Kirsten Varney

Harrison Primary School

KS2, Assessment, Leadership of Curriculum, English, Art

Leads Maths subject training for Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT

Director of Pioneer Teaching School


My current role is a SCITT Programme Facilitator, as part of the Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT, training the teachers of the future. This follows mentoring a number of School Direct and other ITT trainees over the past few years. As well as this role, I continue to lead maths within our school – a role which I have loved for the last 8 years and which has involved me being seconded to the HIAS for 2 years as a maths consultant. These roles have provided me with a wealth of opportunities to effectively support, coach and lead individual teachers and teams, through a variety of situations. Previously, I have also lead year 3, 5 and 6 in Harrison Primary School.


As an SLE, I think it is incredibly important to arrive at any school with an open mind and a good deal of flexibility, as different schools and individuals respond to different approaches. It is essential to tailor and personalise the support and leadership to the specific needs of the school and individuals who I am working with, to ensure success for all.

Sarah Veitch
Baycroft Special School

SEN, FSM & Vulnerable Groups, Tracking Pupil Progress


I have been employed at Baycroft School for the last 11 years. As the School Improvement Plan has been developed and priorities have changed, my roles have also expanded. Being a valued member of the Senior Management Team in a School Business and Data Management capacity I am in a fortunate position to have an overall understanding of how all staff roles contribute to the efficient running of the school. Working collaboratively with the Senior Management Team and the school staff of both my home school and local colleagues, I have ensured that there are appropriate systems in place that record, monitor and review data to give a whole school understanding and responsibility of how all staff influence effective teaching and learning to ensure student progression.

Loren Way

Wickham Primary School

KS1, KS2, English, Maths, Curriculum

I am currently Deputy Head and Year 6 teacher at Wickham Church of England Primary School. I oversee the school curriculum and lead whole school maths and also KS2 English. I have been an SLE for 4 years, undertaking various deployments on subject and leadership improvement in schools. I enjoy working with motivated individuals and teams who want to develop their pedagogy, leadership and subject and curriculum knowledge. As both an experienced coach and mentor, I can provide realistic yet challenging support to ensure maximum impact in practice that is tailored to the needs of schools in a range of different contexts.

Simon Wakeford

Netley Abbey Junior School



In my current role at Netley Abbey Junior School I lead the upper KS2 team as a teaching and learning leader. In this role I oversee the assessment and curriculum content and have mentored NQTs. As well as this, I manage the provision and progress for higher attainers. Before my current post, I have taught in two OFSTED graded outstanding schools in Southampton where I became an SLE within Hamwic Teaching Schools Alliance. Through this role I supported a school in Poole where I was deployed to coach the teaching of mathematics, effective feedback and assessment and how to plan for greater depth opportunities. I have previously run workshops for the teaching alliance and lead mathematics units on the Developing Teacher Programme. I believe that success is founded on teamwork and I take every opportunity to grow and learn in methods of teaching and leadership.


Matt Woolway

Gomer Junior School

KS2, Literacy


I am currently the English leader at Gomer Junior School and a Year Six teacher. In addition to my daily responsibilities in school, I am on the verge of completing an MSc in Education at The University of Southampton. My academic focus primarily concerns methods to ameliorate boys’ underachievement in writing and I am also knowledgeable in exploring innovate and effective strategies to teach spelling, punctuation and grammar. I believe that successful professional relationships are based on collaboration and I am looking forward to further opportunities to exchange and enhance methods of teaching, learning and leadership.


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