Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs)

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools.
They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.  Our SLEs have a successful track record of working effectively within and beyond their own school. They demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills and high levels of emotional intelligence to work sensitively and collaboratively with peer colleagues.
As a Teaching School, The Mead is responsible for the designation and deployment of SLEs.  We currently have primary and secondary SLEs designated in a range of specialisms. Please see below for more information on each SLE.

 Should you wish to make an enquiry about SLE support please contact teachingschool@themead.wilts.sch.uk

Amy Baldwin

Amy Baldwin

English 

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I am currently Director of Learning for English and cross-curricular literacy leader at the John of Gaunt School. I have been one of the lead facilitators of the Trowbridge Collaborative Schools Literacy Forum for the past 3 years; the forum provides opportunities for local primary and secondary English teachers and literacy leaders to discuss current initiatives and develop teaching practice across the transition. I have mentored, coached and delivered CPD to trainee teachers, NQTs and more experienced colleagues. My particular skills lie in developing cross-curricular literacy strategies and assessment initiatives. I am keen to support teachers in planning and assessing the new English curriculum and specifications.
Tracey Baxter Mead Teaching School

Tracey Baxter

Maths

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I have been the mathematics leader at North Bradley CE Primary School for the past 12 years. My systematic leadership has led to sustainable improvements across the whole school. I have previously been a Leading Teacher for mathematics in Wiltshire and am currently one of the lead facilitators for the Trowbridge Maths Forum which meets 6 times a year to support other maths leads in Trowbridge and discuss and develop current initiatives. I feel confident to offer a range of support to schools including supporting teachers to move towards good and outstanding practice in mathematics, developing teaching and learning strategies through higher order questioning, problem solving and teacher feedback. I am also keen to support teachers in planning and assessing the new mathematics curriculum.
Tracy Boulton

Tracy Boulton

Teaching & Learning and KS2/3 Transition

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I am Head of School at Castle Mead, a new one form entry Primary school that opened in Sept 2014. Before that I was an Assistant Head at The Mead Community Primary School and have taught across the Primary phase. I have been a lead teacher for English. I have also been accredited by the NCETM as a CPD lead for Primary Maths and currently sit on the Royal Society Education Committee. My experiences as a teacher and leader mean I can offer a range of support to schools focusing on  teaching and learning to create and develop  a rich and vibrant curriculum.
Annie Brisland

Annie Brisland

Mathematics

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I am currently working as a Deputy Head and am the maths specialist in school.  I have 10 years experience working with the local authority in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Bristol, both as a Maths Consultant and a teaching Consultant.  I have worked in every phase including Secondary and Tertiary.  I have also trained as a Numbers Count Teacher Leader and have worked nationally on ICT projects. I have a masters coaching qualification and a PGCE in early Years Maths Education.  I can offer schools support with the development of outstanding teaching, both in maths and across the curriculum. This could include areas such as coaching, questioning, problem solving or mastery in maths.

Ian Carse

Ian Carse

History 

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I am currently Leader in Learning for Humanities at The Clarendon Academy School. I have been the lead facilitator of the Trowbridge Collaborative School History Forum for the last two years – leading the development of a number of joint schemes of learning and arranging local educational partnerships with English Heritage and Lego Education. In tandem with running a successful department, I have trained and coached NQTs and more experienced members of staff on a variety of topics including AfL, questioning, debate, discussion and technology use.  My particular skills lie in the development of highly effective schemes of learning and improving student performance above the target of ‘three levels of progress’.
Phillipa Caunt

Pip Caunt

SLE for Secondary Maths

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I am the Deputy Director of the Mathematics Faculty at The John of Gaunt School, with responsibility for the curriculum.  I don’t believe the importance of Teaching and Learning can be understated, where students are engaged, enthralled and gaining confidence; alongside acquiring the knowledge and understanding, as well as an appreciation of the magic, wonder and applications of mathematics.  In my current role, I have explored how students’ progress can be further augmented through the careful scheduling of the curriculum and use of mastery.

Sarah Collins

Sarah Collins

KS1 Leader & English Subject Leader

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I work at North Bradley Primary School where I have been the English subject leader for 14 years and the KS1 leader for 12 years. I have also worked as a leading literacy teacher and am currently a KS1 moderator. My leadership and coaching skills have led to the improvement of standards both in my own school and the schools I have supported.   As an SLE, I am able to offer support for teachers in developing good to outstanding practice in the teaching of reading and writing. I can also offer support in the areas of assessment and moderation during these rapidly changing times!

Leanne Cunningham

Leanne Cunningham

Literacy

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Current role: English Subject Leader and Senior Teacher at The Mead Community Primary School, Trowbridge

I began my teaching career in 2002 in inner city Birmingham. In 2005, I joined The Mead Community Primary School. I have taught in Years 1-5 and supported English planning, teaching and assessment in Year 6.

In 2008 I joined the English team at The Mead. I now lead English across the Academy Trust. I am passionate about all areas of English teaching and learning and have a particular interest in ‘Talk for Writing’ and story making, Writing, Mantle of the Expert and drama.

Part of my subject leader role is to support colleagues from other schools as part of our National Support School role. In this role I have supported planning, team taught lessons, taught modelled lessons focusing on shared and guided writing, supported assessments, moderated writing level judgements, implemented literature circles/reciprocal reading, supported use of paired discussion and learning triads and supported teachers to use learning walls and role play.

I facilitate English meetings for Trowbridge Collaborative Schools Limited and have led training for Bath Spa University, Schools Direct Trainees and English Subject Leaders from other schools. I also run English training sessions for NQTs locally.

As an SLE I am able to offer wide-ranging support including supporting teachers with planning, teaching and marking, identifying next steps and setting targets to ensure progress, supporting new English Subject Leaders to develop their role, to implement drama strategies including Mantle of the Expert and developing role play areas, to use ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to enhance English lessons and to guide the development of the learning environment to include management of successful learning walls.

Rob Cunningham

Rob Cunningham

Computing 

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I am Deputy Head at The Mead Primary School where I lead Science and Technology across our trust. I have led a variety of training for school leaders, teachers, NQTs, TAs and students focused on Computing. My particular skills lie in developing ways to embed computing into a creative curriculum, looking for ways to get chlldren creating content instead of only consuming. I am also able to support teachers and leaders to gain knowledge and skills that enable the effective teaching and learning of computing.
Melanie Eyers-Gibbs

Melanie Eyers-Gibbs

Early Years

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I have over 15 years of experience, teaching within Early Years. I have previously been a Leading Teacher in Wiltshire and have appeared in the ‘Effective Practice guide,’ supporting a variety of teachers in their role as class teacher and Foundation Stage coordinator over the past few years. I have skills in cultivating a class where young children are able to articulate their ‘next steps’ in their learning and begin to act upon these. I am able to offer sound advice on how to achieve a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities and how best to deploy adults to support this. I believe a smooth transition from FS1 and into KS1 is crucial and can offer advice related to this. I am able to offer coaching, support and mentoring to staff in all aspects of Early Years, including teaching and learning.
Kay Gillard

Kay Gillard

Modern Foreign Languages

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Having qualified as a teacher of languages 19 years ago, I am based at The Clarendon Academy, where I am currently a Lead Teacher. Throughout my career, my teaching has been consistently judged as outstanding by OFSTED, and since joining Clarendon four years ago, I have had the privilege of working in several of our primary feeder schools, after developing a highly successful and popular approach to teach languages to Key Stage 2 students. My work as a lead practitioner allows me to share good practice with colleagues across all departments and I am currently also working with Gloucester University to expand the MFL skills of primary colleagues. As an SLE, I can offer schools teaching and learning strategies to help challenge and inspire your students in their MFL lessons, proven schemes of work and creative resources to save you time in your planning and a friendly ear to make the new MFL Key Stage 2 curriculum work for you.
Jo Hodge

Jo Hodge

Primary PE

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PE and sport have always been an important part of my life – it is a personal and professional passion. I qualified as a primary PE specialist over 17 years ago and have been a PE co-ordinator/subject leader ever since – in 3 different local authorities. As a class teacher and deputy head, I am committed to developing my own practice and that of others to ensure positive outcomes for children.
Emma Holton

Emma Holton

Literacy (KS1 & KS2) 

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I am currently Head of School at The Mead Community Primary School and prior to that was English Lead at The Mead for 9 years. I have a wealth of experience in developing and enhancing rich and engaging experiences through English and in supporting other colleagues to develop practice and provision for their children.

Some of this experience has involved targeted support for individual teachers in other schools, leading training for Graduate Teachers, colleagues within school and providing INSET for other schools.

 

I have also led training on Phonics for Gloucester and  Bath Spa University and facilitated training sessions for visiting teachers as part of The Mead’s Teaching School work.

 

I am passionate about securing excellence in teaching, learning and assessment in English and can offer you support in the following areas:

 

  • Developing a rich and engaging literate environment
  • Finding ways to develop role play, storytelling and drama opportunities
  • Supporting teachers with curriculum planning, teaching and assessment in English
  • Supporting the use of assessment and feedback to identify next steps in pupils’ skills development
  • Using assessment data to understand key priorities in English
  • Supporting new English subject leaders to develop their role
  • Securing early reading and writing skills through provision in Early Years and KS1
  • Enhancing the teaching of phonics

 

Sarah Inman

 Sarah Inman

Teaching and Learning

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Teaching is the most important job that teachers do. Without outstanding teaching, we will not have outstanding learners. Having been a member of The Mead school since 2004, I have I have had many opportunities to develop and reflect on my own teaching. I have had opportunities to ‘unpick’ what makes my own, and others, practice effective. I know that well planned lessons that deepen the children’s thinking and understanding of concepts, engaging and relevant learning opportunities and targeted, focussed assessments are what makes the biggest impact on children’s learning and I am able to work with other teachers to explore a range of teaching strategies to develop their practice and thus enhance the children’s learning.
Kirsty Jamieson

Kirsty Jamieson

SEN & Behaviour, Social & Emotional

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I have taught in a wide range of specialist and mainstream settings including pre-schools, primary schools, primary and secondary special schools and as an advisory teacher for behaviour in Wiltshire before I joined the Mead school. I am continuing in my SENCO role and have worked alongside colleagues from Bath Spa University to deliver the NASENCO accreditation. I am able to offer a range of support to schools including supporting teachers and TAs to move towards outstanding practice in SEN and positive behaviour management, and working with SENCOs to develop their operational and strategic management through a coaching and mentoring approach.
Gareth Lister

Gareth Lister

Secondary Computing

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I am the Director of Learning for Computing and Business at the John of Gaunt School and I’ve been teaching computing for a number of years. I have a passion for teaching computational thinking and digital literacy to all age groups and helping all students of all ages, genders and abilities understand and enjoy key computing concepts. Whether it is helping manage teams of computing teachers, or helping plan and create resources for all age groups, hopefully I will be able to help you embed computing smoothly and easily into your curriculum.
Mandy Mills

Mandy Mills

Art & Design

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I am an AST & SLE for Art & Design based at Kingdown School, Warminster for 27 years. I am an experienced art teacher and love to find ways to inspire teachers and pupils of all ages. I am able to offer practical advice to assist teachers to progress, maintain standards, gain confidence in writing engaging schemes of work which provide pace and challenge, plan lessons and differentiate projects using their own strengths. I enable teachers to use contemporary and historical works as a basis to teach art even with limited resources. Creative problem solving and development of skills are incorporated into teaching and learning plans using assessment for learning with focused objectives and successful peer assessment.
Beccy Millard at the mead teaching school

Beccy Millard

Deputy Head

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I am Deputy Head at The Mead Community Primary School. Prior to moving to Wiltshire I worked for 13 years in South London, the majority of this time spent in schools in challenging circumstances. Most recently, I was Assistant Head at a primary school, leading on Curriculum. In my role as SLE for Curriculum development I have experience with creating a skills-based curriculum, supporting with the transition to the new National Curriculum and leading on Lesson Study to develop a mixed pedagogy approach to teaching. My experience means that I can offer support with curriculum review, development and strategies to support a creative approach to teaching that best meets the needs of learners.
Thomas Nolan

Thomas Nolan

PSHE/Citizenship

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I am a secondary school teacher and currently leader in learning for Social Sciences. This entails running a variety of subjects from Psychology through to Philosophy and PSHE. My real passion and expertise lies in the area of PSHE, Citizenship and RS. In the past I have helped schools create solutions to their PSHE and citizenship needs, delivered teacher training on a number of PSHE and Citizenship topics, coached colleagues and developed sessions on a number of teaching techniques especially around the areas of group work, questioning, assessment and sugar paper.
Lisa Penfold

Lisa Penfold

SEND

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Sarah Penny

Sarah Penny

Art 

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I am the art subject Leader at The Mead Community Primary School and have worked at the Mead for 3. I qualified as a primary teacher in 2004 after spending 10 years working in Theatre responsible for costumes on West End shows.

Art is my passion and I feel that every child should be taught basic skills and be given wonderful opportunities to express themselves visually using the Arts. I feel confident to offer a range of support to schools including helping in developing an art basic scheme of a work that shows progression across year groups. Leading INSET in display to develop whole school displays which are creative and innovative. I can also help with the professional development of staff in delivering art, the use of sketch books and developing creative and innovative art projects for whole school or year groups, using the work of artists as starting points.

I am working with RIO to deliver development days for schools that are in the process of applying for the Artsmark award.

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips

English

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My first teaching post was in Barnet, North London. I then moved to a Service School in Germany, where I worked for the next 8 years. I returned to England to a senior leadership post at an outstanding Church of England School in Buckinghamshire. I joined the Mead School in 2008, initially as a class teacher and later as a Reading Recovery Teacher. This role has since grown to encompass reading support across the whole school.

Part of my subject leader role is to support colleagues from other schools as part of our National Support School role. In this role I have supported planning, team taught lessons, modeled lessons focusing on shared and guided reading, supported assessments, implemented literature circles/reciprocal reading and supported use of peer assisted learning

I facilitate Early English meetings for Trowbridge Collaborative Schools Limited and have led training for Bath Spa University, Schools Direct Trainees and English Subject Leaders from other schools. I have also run Reading Intervention training for NQTs and TAs.

Nicky Prescott

Nicky Prescott

Early Years

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I have taught in both KS1 and the Foundation Stage, with the majority of my work being based in the reception class. I have a passion for effective Early Years pedagogy and provision. I am particularly committed to the provision of a rich, enabling environment that supports young children’s developing fascination and enquiry. Our current practice has been validated by Ofsted, who are currently using videos of our Early Years practice as an example of outstanding, effective provision. I have had experience of supporting teacher’s practice and provision in schools, and currently lead the Early Years collaborative meetings across Trowbridge. I am delighted to be able to share my own practice in this way, thus impacting on outcomes for children and standards within our community
Pauline Rodger

Pauline Rodger

Primary Science

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I am an experienced primary school teacher having served in Wiltshire for many years including: being SSL in several settings, supporting schools as a member of the Wiltshire Advisory Service; recently as a SLE delivering NQT CPD; running AGaT workshops and now leading a wonderful Hub of Trowbridge teachers. In addition, I teach part-time on the Bath Spa PGCE course, am a member of a national TAPS project and have run workshops at our regional Science Conference. This additional broader context provides me with my own CPD and points of reference.

I firmly believe primary school children should experience a broad, continuous and progressive science curriculum. Ideally, this will be set in relevant and meaningful contexts and will develop analytical thinking skills. This is to encourage active engagement with the issues faced in a rapidly changing world. It’s also great fun!

I understand the challenges schools and teachers face when creating their science curriculum and recognise that all teachers want to do the best for their children, with the right support.

Theo White

Theo White

Early Years

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More information to follow soon.