School to School Support

School improvement is a collaborative endeavour and to support this the Alliance has a number of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) and have links to Bristol’s National Leaders of Education (NLEs) who are available to support in school. This may be in class coaching, subject leader joint support and planning; INSET or staff meeting support amongst a range of activities.

We also have links to a National Leader of Governance (NLG) too who is available to support schools and their governing bodies.

A number of SLEs have been appointed to the Teaching School from both Primary and Special schools across the city.  Each have been accredited by the National Teaching Council: their profiles and areas of expertise can be found in the links below.

If you would like a teacher who has been designated as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), an experienced headteacher who has been designated as a Local Leader of Education (LLE) or a National Leader of Education (NLE) to support in your school please  contact Mike Eatwell, manager of the teaching school to discuss your needs by emailing him at: 

We are now recruiting new Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) to add to our growing team!

We have now opened our recruitment window for additional Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) to add capacity to our talented team. SLEs support teachers, subject leaders and whole school teams in Bristol schools and increasingly further afield and help to run our training courses across the city. It is a fantastic development opportunity for those who are designated as you will develop your skills whilst supporting others and bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge back to your own school.

We would particularly welcome those with specialisms in maths, phonics, SEND (including highly experienced SENCOs), those with experience in rapidly improving the quality of teaching and learning and those able to support the development of middle leaders. However, we would consider applications from teachers with other specific specialisms which could be used to support schools city wide.

Through the selection process you will need to demonstrate that you are an outstanding practitioner in a chosen specialist field, and that you have already supported school(s) beyond your own. As you will be working with senior leaders and heads in schools, you will need to be part of your own school’s leadership team.  You will also need excellent interpersonal, organisational and negotiation skills and a drive to support improving the outcomes of children beyond your school. You will need the support of your headteacher and some time across the year so you can be released to work in other schools. Some SLEs typically work for half a dozen days across the year, and some work up to two days per week in the role: all of this is negotiated with your capacity prior to deployment, Schools are reimbursed for your time away, as well as your planning and preparation time.  There is full training and mentoring as part of the role, with an update session in the autumn term, and joint SLE update and CPD training sessions annually.

The closing date is Monday 11th March 2019 at 4.00pm, with the shortlisting and selection process taking place a few weeks later.  Please email the completed form with your headteacher reference to 

Our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

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Sylvie Jones

Growth Mindset, English

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Will Ewens

Middle Leadership Curriculum Development, Pastoral Support, Teaching and Learning

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Christian Lang

English, Assessment

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Wendy Yeo

Inclusion, SEMH

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Tracy Jones

SEND, SENCo / Inco support

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Matthew Stannard

Leadership, Assessment, Teaching and Learning

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Sam Mumford

Maths, Pupil Premium

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Kelly Sessions

English, KS1 Achievement

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Kate Lee-Wells

SEND and Inclusion, SEMH

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Jane Robinson

English, Maths, Coaching for Improvement, KS1 Achievement

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Mark Townsend

Improving Teaching, Leadership, Initial Teacher Training, Philosophy for Children (P4C)

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Emma Taylor

English, Teaching and Learning

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Charlotte Thomas

Science, Coaching for Improvement

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Claire Parfitt

Coaching for improvement, Middle Leadership
Early Years, SEND reviews

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Melanie Knight

SEND and Inclusion – Support for SENCos, Reading Intervention

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Daniel Rodeck

Leadership, Assessment, Curriculum Development, Teaching and Learning

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Jane Baker

English, Initial Teacher Training

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Lisa Quinn

Business Management

Our Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)

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Anne Rutherford

Filton Avenue Primary School

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Kate Slatcher

Holymead Primary School

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Inge Feye

Elmlea Infant School

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Tom Burton

Cabot Primary School

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Hilary Dunford

Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy

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Jack Lacey

Victoria Park Primary

National Leaders of Governance (NLGs)

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Mike Eatwell

Bridge Farm Primary
East Dundry Road
BS14 0LL