School to School Support & System Leaders

One of the most exciting developments in schools in recent years has been the growth of school-to-school support. School leaders across the country are recognising that by working with other schools, and sharing their learning, practice and ideas, they can support system-wide improvements, whilst continuing to improve their own schools. The model is realistic however, and recognises that this is not about one school doing it all, but an alliance of schools working together towards system-wide school improvement.

LLE Recruitment Round Now open – 20th November 2017 to 5th January 2018

We are delighted to announce that we are recruiting Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) thus increasing our capacity for System Leadership. LLEs are Headteachers, with at least three years’ experience, and leading a school that has been judged at least Good. They work to support headteachers and leaders in other schools by providing high-level coaching, mentoring and support, drawing on their knowledge and expertise.

Applications are invited from Infant, Junior, Primary and Secondary Headteachers.

Before applying please refer to the Eligibility Criteria (click here to download)

To apply to be an LLE please download the application form Part A & B as well as the reference form (see below)

Part A – Details, Pupil Performance and school data. (click here to download)

Part B – Your experiences (click here to download)

Reference Form – This should be completed by a Senior Educational Professional, responsible for brokering or commissioning support  (click here to download), e.g.

  1. a DCS or second tier officer from your LA
  2. a Senior Representative from your diocese
  3. Headteacher of a teaching school
  4. Headteacher of a teaching school alliance strategic partner school, which has responsibility for school to school support

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application and reference form is returned to Tony Ward, Director, Billericay TSA  by the published deadline, noon 5th January 2018.



SLE Core Training is optional for SLEs that have been designated that have not previously attended Core Training and compulsory for SLEs designated in an East of England Recruitment Round from May 2016 onwards. This essential training is designed to ensure SLEs are fully equipped to effectively manage School to School Support.

The cost of the training is £150 per delegate.

Billericay TSA are providing this Core Training in partnership with South Essex TSA and Thurrock TSA as follows:

  • Thursday 14 December 2017-Mayflower High School, Billericay, CM12 0RT

To book, please click on the link to the Booking Form below, complete it and email to Melanie Jones by 5 December 2017.

Billericay TSA are committed to working with other schools and organisations and as such have invested heavily in this NCTL strand, chaired by Ahson Mohammed, Headteacher of The Billericay School. Through supporting and developing aspiring system leaders we have, through NCTL assessment and designation, over 30 professionals (NLG,NLE,LLE,SLE) working within this important outreach agenda.

Billericay Teaching School Alliance has been designated as a NLG Governance Hub. This means we are responsible for coordinating system leaders to support governance across the East of England. We liaise with other Teaching School Alliances and the local authority to ensure that our Governance resources are best utilised across the region.

We have a number of National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) affiliated to our Hub. Their details can be found via the NLG link on the right.

Further details regarding System Leadership can be found in the links below.

If you are interested in becoming a system leader, whether you feel ready for assessment, or indeed wish to develop further skills and experiences in order to be successful at assessment please contact us at

Brokering a System Leader

To request support from a system leader please complete the ‘Request Support’ fields found on the right. If you are not able to find a system leader who will fulfil the brief please do contact us as we may have other experts available across our Alliance schools, or indeed would contact one of our fellow TSAs. We also are able to broker more than one system leader in order to fulfil a brief where necessary.

Costs per day: NGL (to be arranged) NLE £450, LLE £400, SLE £300

Further details about System Leadership, application rounds, and designation can be found by clicking on the following links:

To view where our System Leaders are based, please view the map below.  Note NLGs cover a wide area including crossing Local Authority borders and as such are not shown on the map.

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Primary SLEs

A wide range of subject areas and specialisms are covered by all SLEs beyond those listed. Click here to see all primary specialisms at a glance.

Name Phase Subject School Pen Portrait Request Support
Melanie Durose KS2 Literacy South Green Junior School Profile
Stacey Carroll KS2 English/Literacy Buttsbury Junior School Profile
Jo Matthews KS2 Maths and English Leigh Beck Junior School Profile
Sally Lavelle KS2 Buttsbury Junior School Profile
Carrie Coughtrey KS2 Literacy Buttsbury Junior School Profile
Jane Ward KS School Business Management Buttsbury Infant School Profile
Hannah Pearson KS2/EYFS History Downham Primary School Profile
Nikki Trye KS1-3 Special Educational Needs Glenwood Special School Profile
Sarah Harris KS1 Mathematics, History, Geography and Computing Buttsbury Infant School Profile
Shanie Caldecott KS1 EYFS Buttsbury Infant School Profile
Clare Smith KS1 History, RE and Maths Buttsbury Infant School Profile
Hannah Stechman KS1-2 Brightside Primary School Profile
Paula Keegan KS1-2 Maths St Katherine's C of E Profile
Nicola Tilley KS1-2 Maths St Peter's RC Primary School Profile
Sally Waddingham KS1-4 Special Educational Needs Glenwood Special School Profile
Joanna MacDonnell KS1-2 Literacy and Mathematics Brightside Primary School Profile

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Secondary SLEs

A wide range of subject areas and specialisms are covered by all SLEs beyond those listed. Click here to see all secondary specialisms at a glance.

Name Phase Subject School Pen Portrait Request Support
Sam Payne KS3-5 Mathematics Brentwood County High School Profile
Matthew Willis KS3-5 Science The Billericay School Profile
Suzanne O'Neill KS3-5 Pastoral, Student Development & Welfare The Basildon Academies Profile
Victoria Oddy KS3-5 Design Technology Billericay TSA Profile
Janet Bradley KS3-5 English The Billericay School Profile
Ben Clifford KS3-5 English Shenfield High School Profile
Garry Sapsford KS3-5 Physical Education Shenfield High School Profile
Samantha Winter KS3-5 Art and Photography Woodlands School Profile
Kate Dempster KS3-4 Mathematics The Billericay School Profile
Ruth Wootton KS3-5 MFL (French and Italian) Anglo European School Profile
Caroline Sullivan KS3-4 History Castle View School Profile
Carol Kerrigan KS3-5 Geography Mayflower High School Profile
Andrew Eastwick KS3-5 Mathematics Mayflower High School Profile
Jon Pead KS3-5 Maths The Billericay School Profile
Christine Jarrold KS3-5 MFL The Billericay School Profile
Jonathan Sands KS3-5 Music Shenfield High School Profile
Jane Bennett KS3-4 MFL Ormiston Rivers Academy Profile
Rachel Hurrell KS3-4 English Castle View School Profile
Indy Naidoo KS3-4 Science Greensward Academy Profile
Maxine Saunders KS3-5 Art & Design Colchester County High School for Girls Profile
Nikki Trye KS1-3 Special Educational Needs Glenwood Special School Profile
Kate Surtees KS3-5 Dance SEEVIC College Profile
Lee Surtees KS2-4 PE Bromfords Profile
Paul Nicholls KS3-4 History West Hatch Profile
Jane Breen KS3-5 Modern Foreign Languages King Edwards VI Grammar School Profile
Helena Graham KS3-5 History Chelmsford C H Girls Profile
Keely Conroy KS3-5 English The Billericay School Profile
Sally Waddingham KS1-4 Special Educational Needs Glenwood Special School Profile

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Primary LLEs

Name Phase Subject School Request Support
Petra Back KS1-2 Graham James Primary Academy
Sarah Ginzler-Maher KS1-2 St Josephs Catholic Primary

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Secondary LLEs

Name Phase Subject School Request Support
Jo Wincott KS3-5 Sandon School

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Primary NLEs

Name Phase Subject School Request Support
Suzanne Haskins KS1 Buttsbury Infant School
Iain Gunn KS1-2 St Peter's C of E Primary School

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Secondary NLES

Name Phase Subject School Request Support

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Primary NLGs

Name Phase Subject School Request Support

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Secondary NLGs

Name Phase Subject School Request Support

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Phases of Education

Key Stage 5 (KS5)
Key Stage 4 (KS4)
Key Stage 3 (KS3)
Key Stage 2 (KS2)
Key Stage 1 (KS1)
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)