Specialist Leaders of Education

Ambassadors for Change!

Specialist leaders of education are ambassadors for change,  focussing on developing leadership and building capacity. While other roles (for example; advanced skills teachers) concentrated on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of SLEs who are accredited by NCTL. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

At Future Stars TSA we have SLEs with the following specialisms.

Sophie is Head of Teaching School at Future Stars TSA. She has extensive experience in leading and in coordinating school improvement projects for the DFE in opportunity areas across England.   Sophie is accredited by NCTL to deliver SLE Core Training being herself an SLE for Computing and a level 2 CAS Master Teacher status for NCCE (part of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT). Sophie has over 16 years of experience in working in inner city London Schools and is passionate about school improvement and making a difference for children nationally. Before going into teaching, she spent 10 years working in PR and Marketing; She has a degree (BA Hons) in English Literature from Bristol University. Sophie was born in Paris and speaks fluent French and Italian.

Rory qualified as a teacher through the Teach First programme, teaching for 2 years at King’s Park Academy in Boscombe. Rory has been teaching at Jubilee Primary School in Hackney since 2015, and for the last 2 years has been one of the school’s English leads. During that time he has used his expertise and experience to support staff in the planning and delivering of an engaging English curriculum. He has led on the school’s Oracy focus, which puts purposeful, structured talk at the forefront of all lessons. This has involved designing the school’s Oracy curriculum and delivering CPD to all staff. Rory has worked as an Assistant and Lead Writing Moderator for the local authority end of KS2 Writing Moderation process and has delivered Writing CPD at Learning Trust Year 6 Forum, focusing on a more holistic approach to the teaching of writing in Year 6.

Julian runs the pastoral care team at Queensbridge Primary School working throughout the school to provide children with social and emotional support. Julian is passionate about using Restorative Approaches as a behaviour management strategy and supports schools across the UK as an SLE. He also leads on Peer Mediation and has worked with HLT and other agencies to create and develop a scheme now adopted by schools borough wide.

As part of his role as an SLE he regularly trains students from the Institute of Education and runs workshops at the annual SENDCo forum in Hackney. He is also currently working in partnership with the local authority to develop an accredited Restorative Justice ‘train the trainer’ course.

Leading on Restorative Justice has included hosting visitors from as far afield as New Zealand and the Netherlands and taking part in research from various bodies including Cambridge University in 2016.

Andrea qualified as a teacher in 1994 and initially taught in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 in Hackney schools. She has been Literacy and Reading Recovery lead at Queensbridge Primary School since 2010. There she has used her expertise to support teachers, as well as giving specialised one to one intervention, small group and whole class support. At Queensbridge, she has been instrumental in the setting up and the running of Daily Supported Reading (a whole class Hackney-led reading programme). She was involved in the rewrite of the scripts for this programme. She has also hosted numerous visitors to the school to watch the programme in action and has supported other schools with the implementation. Alongside this Andrea has overseen the effective teaching and assessment of phonics.

In her role as Literacy Lead at Queensbridge she has provided CPD in Key Stage 2 and for the IOE in reading and assessment.  She has also used her expertise in reading to moderate reading in the borough for Key Stage 1 SAT’s.

Michelle is an experienced primary school teacher, specialising in music. She is currently Music coordinator at Queensbridge Primary School and runs music sessions at Mapledene Children’s Centre. Michelle believes in high-quality music education for all children.

With previous roles as a Primary Class teacher, an instrumental teacher and running opera workshops in schools, Michelle has over 15 years of teaching experience from differing perspectives. Outside of school, Michelle runs Morris Folk Choir – a non-auditioned natural voice choir.

Michelle has expertise in:

  • Planning a primary school music curriculum, including knowledge of a wide range of genres
  • Supporting staff in using music in the wider curriculum
  • Finding and using repertoire suitable for a wide range of ages and topics
  • Developing a school music blog to share learning and encourage children to practise at home
  • Enriching school music by making links with arts and music organisations such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Classical Roadshow, Tower of London and The Grand Union Orchestra
  • Broadening the extra-curricular music offer in schools (instrumental lessons, orchestras, bands and choirs)
  • SEN music teaching
  • Early Years practice including music and movement with babies and parents and children from 0-5, and training early years staff in running music sessions.
  • Hosting meet-ups between Hackney music teachers, sharing good practice
  • Planning and delivering staff meetings and INSET sessions
  • Applying for the Artsmark Platinum award
  • An Ofsted ‘deep dive’ into music

For further infomation about our SLEs and how to arrange an initial consultation please email:


Apply to be an SLE

Teaching school alliances are now able to recruit on a rolling basis.

To apply to become an SLE, you should:

  • contact us directly to check whether we are currently recruiting SLEs
  • complete an application form which you can obtain from us
  • get a supporting reference from your current Headteacher

Please see the SLE application guidance  and the standard version of the application form for reference only.