Specialist Leaders in Education

The Outwood Institute of Education is delighted to have a team of over eighty Specialist Leaders of Education.

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar roles in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping others to achieve it in their own context.

The Outwood Institute of Education will help broker the support you need, and SLEs can be requested by name or we can advise who is best suited for your context.

They undertake a range of activities; delivering workshops, school to school support work, delivering professional development, audits, diagnostics, working one on one with staff - speak with us and we can design a bespoke service to meet your needs.

Cost: From £350 per day.

If you are interested in deploying an SLE, please contact us on oie@outwood.com


Abigail Sayers - Associate Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

The purpose of Abigail’s role is to support departments and ultimately improve attainment and progress, particularly at KS4, so that every student achieves their full potential. Abigail qualified as an AST in June 2011, has been a head of year an...

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Adele Ghai - Deputy Head, The Castle Nursery School

Adele is currently Deputy Head of The Castle Nursery school, part of the Federation of Crigglestone and The Castle Nursery schools in Wakefield. Adele has worked with Early Years children for over twenty years in various roles and across a rang...

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Alison Jackson – Art - Advanced Skills Teacher, Outwood Grange Academy

Alison became an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2002 to enable her to fully concentrate her passion for teaching art both in the classroom and to the wider community. She has always found art teaching to be invigorating, stimulating and deeply enjoya...

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Andrew Cannings – Maths, Data Analysis - Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Andrew has worked for the Outwood Grange Family of Schools for 20 years, starting in 1994 as a Teacher of Maths and has spent the past three years working across the Family of Schools as Director of Maths. All of the Outwood Academies in which he...

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Andy Dean - Teaching and Learning, QA, Coaching, Behaviour - Assistant Principal, Airedale Academy

Andy began teaching at Airedale Academy Castleford West Yorkshire in 2005 as a PE Teacher, was promoted to Year Progress Leader in 2006 and then Assistant Principal in 2010. He has been Assistant Principal at Airedale Academy for the past three ye...

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Candice Phillips - Maths - Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

ICandice’s role involves working collaboratively and strategically with a number of Leadership teams and maths departments to raise achievement and increase students’ progress, particularly in Key Stage 4. She has worked with Heads of Department ...

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Carole Sharp - Deputy Head, Crigglestone Nursery School

Carole is currently Deputy Head of Crigglestone Nursery school, part of the Federation of Crigglestone and the Castle Nursery schools in Wakefield. Carole has worked with Early Years children for over twenty years, she has led a variety of team...

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Caroline Parkin – Primary - Nursery Teacher, Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane

Caroline has been a Primary teacher for the last twenty years and has taught across both Foundation Stage and Key stage one, where she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. Over the last five years Caroline has worked in Lower Foundatio...

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Cathryn Scarffe – MFL - Teacher, Kettlethorpe High School

Cathryn joined the teaching profession over 20 years ago and has a proven track record in securing excellent outcomes at GCSE. During her career, she has led the MFL team and is now engaged in a wider role which allows her to work collaboratively...

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Chris Robertson – IT and NQT - Assistant Headteacher, Scalby School

Chris has been Head of the Global Communication faculty (incorporating ICT, Business and MFL) at Scalby School in Scarborough for the past 5 years and has recently been appointed to the role of Assistant Headteacher. During his time at Scalby, Chr...

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Chris Wood – Science - Head of Chemistry, Hall Cross Academy

In September 2014 Chris took on the role of Head of Chemistry at Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster. Chris’ strengths lie in data analysis, intervention techniques and making impact at both KS4 and KS5. Using a variety of strategies which involve...

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Claire Gordon - Leader of Teaching & Learning, Glasshoughton Infant Academy

Currently employed as a Leader of Teaching and Learning at Glasshoughton Infant Academy, Claire's role entails improving standards across Early Years and KS1 by monitoring coaching and mentoring teachers including NQT’s and ITT students. She is al...

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Debbie Lindley - Early Year Leader, Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate

Debbie is currently an Early Years Leader for OPA Lofthouse Gate and has been an Early Years teacher for seven years. Previously she worked in Further Education as a lecturer, teaching across several ages ranging from fourteen to mature adults. ...

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Diane Kershaw – Science - Director of Science, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

In the ever changing economy STEM subjects are more important than ever, as teachers it is our responsibility to enthuse and develop students natural curiosity of STEM based subjects and prepare them for the challenges they will face. To do this ...

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Elizabeth English – ITT & NQT, D&T - Head of Design & Technology, Outwood Grange Academy

An outstanding teacher, currently working at Outwood Grange Academy as Head of Design and Technology and is Associate Assistant Principal within Teaching School. For the last two years Elizabeth has specifically focussed on the DT department leadi...

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Emma Abbott – Primary - Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning, Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane

Emma has been teaching for 16 years and has taught across KS1 and KS2. As Assistant Principal she led the improvement of teaching and learning across all curriculum areas. In this role, Emma has overseen a rapid improvement in teaching and learnin...

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Garath Rawson - Science, Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Data - School Leader, Meden School

Currently Vice Principal at the UTC Olympic Legacy Park in charge of Curriculum, Data and Teaching and Learning. Garath is responsible for ensuring all students have access to a broad curriculum, that provides opportunities to work with quality em...

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Godsway Dzoboku – Maths - Associate Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Godsway’s belief that every student, irrespective of their background or circumstance should be given the support to learn and achieve their full potential has been fundamental in shaping both his teaching and leadership career. His passion for Ma...

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Heather Holmes - English, Literacy - Director of English, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Heather has previously worked at Scalby School, Scarborough, where she became Head of Department in 2007, while still an NQT. On joining Scalby, the English Department’s results were 42% A* to C; by 2011 the results had risen to 81% A* to C. Hea...

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Helen Phillips – MFL - Head of MFL, Outwood Academy Portland

Currently Head of MFL at Outwood Academy Portland, Helen has also led the languages department through the school’s journey from special measures to outstanding. Raising attainment through curriculum engagement is a particular area of interest for...

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Ian Cooper - Science - Director of Science, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Science has all the components needed to excite, enthuse and develop students’ natural curiosity. The key challenge for any teacher is the relentless pursuit of opening up the ‘world of science’ whilst delivering excellence in the classroom. Over...

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James Broad - Sixth Form - Vice Principal, Outwood Academy Adwick

Prior to being a Vice Principal, James was Assistant Principal and Director of Post-16 at Outwood Academy Adwick and, before working with the Outwood Family, was the Lead Geography Lecturer and a PGCE / PCET tutor at a further education college fo...

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James Whitworth – History - Director of Humanities, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Since qualifying as a History teacher in 2004, James has taught at Outwood Grange Academy and been Head of History there for five years before recently being appointed as Director of Humanities across Outwood Grange Academies Trust. During his ti...

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Jo Healy - English, Leadership Development, CPD - Vice Principal, Airedale Academy

Jo began teaching in 2000, after completing a PGCE in Secondary English at Trinity and All Saints. She has taught English at an 11-16 school in Grimsby, before becoming an Assistant Head of English at a challenging inner city Leeds school; Jo proc...

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Jonathan Morgan – Performing Arts - Director of Performing Arts, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Jonathan has been Head of the Performing Arts faculty at Scalby School in Scarborough for the past 10 years, teaching Music predominately but also Drama throughout his teaching career. During his time at Scalby, Jonathan has been an associate memb...

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Julia Pinder – Teaching and Learning, Behaviour & Safety, Inclusion, Pupil Premium - Vice Principal, Outwood Academy Foxhills

Currently leads a team of people to ensure behaviour and safety measures are implemented according to the outstanding criteria outlined by Ofsted. Julia’s commitment to school improvement is both innovative and progressive, removes any barrier to...

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Karen Sankey - Art - Teacher, Kettlethorpe High School

Karen started teaching 22 years ago as a middle school teacher, delivering the whole curriculum to year 6 pupils, and after the reorganisation of the authority moved to Kettlethorpe High school to work in the highly successful art department. The ...

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Kathryn Greenhalgh - Maths - Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Acadmies Trust

Kathryn has been Director of Maths since 2009 and over this time has worked closely with Maths departments – and as part of maths department leadership – in improving outcomes for all students in mathematics. Kathryn has worked with schools in Na...

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Katy Bradford – Teams, Restructures, Performance Management - Chief Operating Officer, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

As part of the Trust’s Executive Team, Katy leads the business support functions of the Trust and business management at an academy level. Prior roles include Director of Human Resources and Business Manager within the Outwood Grange Family of Sc...

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Laura Reader – English - Head of English, Airedale Academy

Laura has worked at Airedale Academy since 2008 and prior to this worked in the FE sector teaching MFL classes and was also centre moderator. In 2010, Laura became Head of Key Stage 3 English and launched APP, redesigning schemes of work and as...

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Lauren McCarthy – Primary, Literacy - Teacher, Stanley Grove Primary and Nursery School

Lauren qualified to teach through the PGCE programme at Bradford College in 2001 and has taught in several schools, ranging from a private primary school, an inner city school and now a rapidly expanding primary school. Lauren completed the Leadin...

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Linda Pegg - Early Years, Kingsland School

Early Intervention , EYFS & SEN specialist, B.Ed 3-9yrs , Ad Dip SEN, M.Ed Family collaboration ad SEN. Wealth of experience in developing and enhancing EYFS policy, environments, curriculum, assessment and recording systems along with team bu...

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Liz Hunter - SEND, Literacy - Teacher, Kingsland Primary School

Liz is a teacher at Kingsland Primary School, a school for pupils aged 2 – 11 with severe and profound learning difficulties; her qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs and NPQH. Liz has taught in primary and all ...

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Luke McNamara – Primary, English, Literacy - Lead Teacher of English, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Since April 2014, Luke has been working across the Outwood Primary academies as Lead teacher of English with a large majority of his daily timetable consisting of classroom based support for both teachers and children. This can range from team tea...

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Marc Loftus – Maths - Head of Maths, Airedale Academy

Marc has worked at Airedale Academy since 2008 and was promoted to Head of Maths in 2011, after previously only having held a relatively innocuous role of responsibility, securing this promotion due to the consistently good outcomes achieved by th...

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Michaela Sill – CPD, PE, Subject Leadership - Assistant Principal, Ossett Academy

In her current role, Michaela’s key responsibilities include; developing global learning and Internationalism across the school, leading the ITT, NQT, GTP, and MLDP programmes, and National Support School work as a Consultant Leader. She has been ...

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Nathan Dwyer - Science - Head of Faculty, Outwood Academy Adwick

An outstanding Physics teacher and from September 2015, Head of Science at Outwood Academy Adwick, Nathan started at Outwood Grange Academy as an NQT, after 2 years was promoted to Head of Physics and vastly improved the consistency and pace of Ph...

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Nicky Thomas - PE, Teaching and Learning - Vice Principal, Outwood Grange Academy

Currently Vice Principal in charge of teaching and learning at Outwood Grange Academy, Nicky is responsible for the quality of teaching and learning across the academy, regularly delivering CPD training to internal and external staff on AFL, plan...

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Nicola Fareham –Maths - Head of Maths, Outwood Grange Academy

Nicola was appointed to the role in 2010, having taught since 2004. She has accrued considerable expertise in maths teaching and department leadership. In the last 3 years in the role of Head of Department, GCSE results have improved considerably....

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Paul Sorby - Curriculum Development, Diagnostics - Director of Curriculum, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Having begun his curriculum leadership pathway as Head of Maths at a school in North Yorkshire, Paul moved to Outwood Grange, Wakefield in September 2003 as Assistant Head leading on the school's Specialism at the time, of Technology. Two years la...

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Rachel Skirrow – Primary - Assistant Principal, Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane

Rachel is Assistant Principal of Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane with the responsibility for inclusion. She has been teaching for 18 years, both within KS1 and KS2, and has held the post of SENCo for 14 years. Within her role, Rachel moni...

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Richard Miller - Modern Foreign Languages - Associate Director of MFL, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Richard is currently has a split role between Outwood Grange Academy and Outwood Academy Ripon. At the latter, he also leads the Global Studies faculty (MFL and Humanities). Richard’s teaching has been described as being “inspirational” by Of...

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Robert Pratt - Science - Director of Science, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Science above all other subjects can open up a world of excitement, awe and opportunity. This can only happen through excellent delivery in the classroom. Robert is currently working as a Director of Science across six schools. This role means ...

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Rupert Burgess - English, Data Analysis - Head of English, Outwood Grange Academy

Rupert has been Head of English at Outwood Grange Academy since 2001 and now combines aspects of this role with Director of English for OGAT. During this time, he has accrued considerable expertise in a wide range of matters of English teaching an...

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Ruth Ward - Behaviour - Assistant Headteacher, North Huddersfield Trust School

Ruth has been an Assistant Headteacher with a lead on behaviour and inclusion at North Huddersfield Trust School (NHTS) for two years and at Fartown High School (FHS) for two and half years prior to that. NHTS is a multi-cultural school with the ...

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Sally Stewart – Early Years - Teacher, St Pauls

Foundation Stage is Sally’s main area of expertise and interest and she relishes the opportunities there to raise standards of teaching and learning for children using innovative approaches. Sally enjoys using all the skills and experience gai...

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Suzie Day - Sixth Form

My name is Suzie Day and I am designated as an SLE for Sixth Form. As the senior leader in charge of the Sixth Form at Outwood Grange Academy, I very much look forward to supporting other leaders in their own journey to outstanding. I have held...

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Ted Snell - English, Self Evaluation - Director of English, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Ted’s current role involves working with English departments to raise attainment and accelerate rates of student progress, particularly in Key Stage 4, and working extensively with Headteachers and leadership teams in a range of school improvement...

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Tim-Tim Chambers – MFL, Transition, Skills Based Curriculum - Assistant Principal, Airedale Academy

Tim-Tim is currently Assistant Principal at Airedale Academy; previous to this she was Head of Faculty MFL for five years. As line manager of MFL, she maintains an active role within the department. The languages dept at Airedale has long been ...

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How to apply to be an SLE

Applications are now closed.

We will update the website when applications re-open.

If you require any further information, please read the guidance below, or email oie@outwood.com to register your interest.