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Specialist Leaders of Education

SLEs are leaders in schools with at least two years leadership experience who have a proven track record for working successfully with others to improve leadership and standards. 


SLEs are specialists across a range of subjects and areas of leadership and can be brokered through Poole Teaching School Alliance.


Specialist Leaders of Education are tasked to work with other leaders and leadership teams in schools to develop their leadership skills to impact on teaching and learning therefore raising standards.


If you would like to commission an SLE to work with your school, please contact us.


The profiles below outline the specialisms and experience of the Heatherlands SLE team.


Bea Collis

Assistant Head Teacher/Coastal Learning Alliance


Areas of specialism

  • Raising standards of teaching & learning
  • Subject leadership
  • Assessment & moderation processes & systems
  • Curriculum design
  • Integrating ICT within the curriculum
  • Using data to support and challenge groups of children


Relevant experience

  • Subject specialism training for teacher training (Poole SCITT/School Direct)
  • Writing moderation
  • Supporting the development of a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Deployment to Longspee, Longfleet, Haymoor Middle & Canford Infants through the PTSA
  • National Support School work in Swanage, Weymouth, Blandford, Gillingham and Wool.
  • Managing data across a MAT



I am the assessment & moderation lead, broad and balanced curriculum lead & National Support school lead at Heatherlands Primary School.

I have taught in a range of settings throughout my 24 years of teaching and during my 11 years at Heatherlands I have developed a curriculum which inspires and engages learners whilst developing key skills and knowledge in a creative way. In collaboration with the core and foundation subject leaders I have been able to produce a broad and balanced curriculum linked to the drivers of communication, community and consolidation which challenges learners and provides them with the resources they will need as lifelong learners. 

I have presented to local leaders promoting and discussing the creative curriculum and the new National Curriculum and am involved in the development and delivery of the Poole School Direct programme for teacher training. I have been deployed to a number of schools within the borough and across Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, working with staff on systems and processes for assessment, the broad and balanced curriculum and the use of the outdoor environment.


Julian Churchill

Head Teacher


Areas of specialism

  • Behaviour support
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Quality assurance
  • CPD


Relevant experience

  • School governor( Curriculum, Finance and Staffing)
  • Senior leader
  • Training and support
  • Assessment
  • Monitoring and accountability
  • Data protection
  • Strategic leadership
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Safeguarding




I am the Head teacher at Heatherlands Primary school where I lead on behaviour and discipline across the school. I have been teaching since 1996 in schools in South Wales, Bournemouth and Poole and have been at Heatherlands since 2002 having previously held posts in both senior and middle leaderships. I have had the opportunity to work in very diverse and challenging settings which has strengthened my opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of pedagogy, cognition and how young people think and behave. The key focus for my work has been on developing, monitoring and evaluating rewards and sanctions to support the foundations for effective behaviour management in schools, by providing systems to reduce internal exclusions. My work has also centred on developing the conditions for learning with children encouraged to take responsibility for their actions through choice and personal reflection. This has been designed to keep children in classrooms learning. An additional key part of my behaviour approach has centred around parental engagement and effective communication to ensure any home school partnerships are robust enough to support the resolution of conflict in order to reduce school barriers to behaviour.


Kate Lloyd-Christie

Deputy Head Teacher


Areas of specialism

  • Observation, Planning and Assessment
  • Learning Environment (Cross Phase)
  • Moderation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Data Analysis
  • Training across all areas of the EYFS
  • EYFS/Key Stage 1 Phonics
  • Leadership and Management (EYFS)
  • Pre-School and Maintained Nursery support
  • Mixed Reception/Key Stage 1 provision




I am currently the Acting DEputy Headteacher at Heatherlands Primary School in Poole and facilitate training for School Direct specialising in EYFS practice. During my 18 years of professional experience in education I have been an established leading teacher in Numeracy, Literacy and Early Years. Through this role I have been able to share my good classroom practice through modelling, mentoring and facilitating other teachers in the development of their own practice and provision. I have gained considerable experience at Senior Leadership level that has included roles as Head of Early Years in a Garrison school in Germany, Key Stage One/EYFS Leader and Acting Deputy Headship position in Wiltshire. As an established Early Years leading teacher in Wiltshire, I then became an Early Years Advisor with Wiltshire Local Education Authority. My role concentrated on raising standards and ensuring measurable outcomes for all children throughout Wiltshire. Within this role I had a specific focus in developing Moderation, designing and delivering training and supporting and mentoring teachers. I have lead the implementation of the key principles and high quality practices of the EYFS within schools requiring improvements as well as Pre-Schools and Maintained Nurseries.

Ella Summers

EYFS Lead, EAL lead


Areas of specialism

· Early years teaching and learning

· Early years curriculum design and planning

· Early years learning environments

· Early years assessment and evidence building

· Phonics

· EAL assessment systems and processes




I am a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and EAL lead at Heatherlands National Support School. I have 6 years of specialist early years teaching experience and have completed the Aspirant Leaders programme, working in a variety of schools supporting them with their EAL assessment systems and processes. Most recently I have tutored on the SDITT programme for Poole Teaching School and have delivered sessions on phonics, early writing and inspirational teaching using the school environment.




Hayley Lynam

Phonics Champion, RE lead, SMSC lead


Areas of specialism

· School vision and values

· Positive behaviour and strategies

· Policy writing for behaviour, RE and PSHE

· Relationship and Sex Education

· Early Years and Key Stage 1 support




I am a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and SMSC lead at Heatherlands National Support School. I have twenty years of teaching experience and have had several secondments working both within the borough and for DEED (Development Education in Dorset) specialising in Global Citizenship. More recently I supported in the writing of the first edition of Discovery RE for Poole and Bournemouth schools. I am also the strategic lead for positive behaviour and values across the school.





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