School 2 School Support / SLE

SWTSA is currently recruiting: Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

The South West Teaching School Alliance relies on expertise and talent from within.  We make a difference to the life chances of our students through reflective practice and collaborative improvement.  Our SLEs have been deployed across the TSA working with Subject Leaders, departments and Leadership Teams; identifying specific strategies and practical actions which catalyse progress. We are currently looking to recruit SLEs to join the South West Teaching School Alliance team, in the following areas: Science, Geography, SEND and Primary.

Interested and want to find out more:

SLEs guidance for potential applicants including criteria and areas of expertise here

SLEs guidance for completing the application and reference form here   

SLE application form  here

All applications should be sent to David Wibberley, SWTSA Director by email:


We aim to interview early March 2017 and will be in touch with all interview candidates shortly after the closing date.

If you have any general queries about the SLE role, or the application process then please contact Sophie Rae, SWTSA Project Manager either by telephone 01548 852641 ext. 194 or email


The South West Teaching School Alliance is committed to help all schools improve by providing the information and the opportunities to learn from the very best practice in our alliance. 

Subject Networks have been established across the Alliance in the following areas: Geography, History, English, Maths, Science, Computer Science, RE, Performing Arts, Sixth Form, Vocational Education, MFL and Data.  Do contact Lis Collard ( for further details of who is leading these networks, contact emails and details of scheduled meetings.

Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)

As a Teaching School, we have now accredited the following SLEs who are all outstanding Middle Leaders with experience of successfully developing teaching and learning and leadership in their own schools and beyond. SLEs are offering a free half-day audit visit to schools to identify specific needs and draw up a targeted action plan for whatever support is needed.  

Here is the list of our current SLEs with their specialisms.

Scott DaviesKingsbridge Community CollegeEnglish
Dragica MayoKingsbridge Community CollegeMFL
Jon KeoghIvybridge Community CollegeMaths
Jonathan LunnTed Wragg Trust, SWTSA, DTSAData
Ian HartleyPlympton AcademyRE and PSHE
Owen Gratton   Torquay AcademyMaths
Julia MasonTeign School, KingsteigntonScience
Karen SewellKingsbridge Community CollegeSEN
Abby Bartlett        Plymstock School 


Sam Eyre   Coombeshead AcademyArt

 Further details about the team can be found by clicking here. 


SLE Fact Sheet

SLE Brokering Form

Challenge Partners have also accredited CPSLs (Challenge Partnership Specialist Leaders) who in our view also meet the SLE standards and schools have either been formally accredited or have self-nominated Departments of Excellence and are happy to be contacted for assistance.  All these are listed in the SWTSA Directory of Excellence.  

If you wish to deploy one of our SLEs or CPSLs or are interested in finding out how to become an SLE please contact Victoria Flower (




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