Specialist Leaders of Education

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

Our Specialist Leaders of Education are as follows


Abi Nathan

Abi is the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader within the Huish Acadent Trust where she has a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge. Abi has led and managed the Early Years Unit, judged as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

Abi is also a Local Authority Moderator for the EYFS and has supported many schools with their own planning and assessment.


Andrea Fossey

Andrea has led English and been part of the management team at Huish for a number of years. During this time, she has developed the English curriculum so that teaching and learning have always enabled all pupils to make excellent progress as evidenced by the school’s record of achievement. Andrea is a designated SLE with many years’ experience of working in school improvement and English consultancy; this has included working collaboratively with the secondary sector to support the progress and attainment of pupils on transition to KS3.  In addition, Andrea is the school’s lead on ITT; she has considerable knowledge of coaching and mentoring trainees and has developed a well-respected primary School Direct teacher training programme. In recent years, Andrea has also been part of a team that has established a 'Tomorrow’s Teachers' course, designed to inspire those students in Years 10 and 11 who are considering a career in the profession. 


Annie Sherrard

Annie has lead responsibility for the development of Primrose Lane Primary School that opened in 2016.   Over the past three years she has carefully built up the staffing levels to ensure that the children at Primrose Lane get the quality first teaching that is the backbone of the Huish Academy Trust. She is responsible for guiding the SDP in order to develop the curriculum in line with with new requirements. Annie is a Key stage 1 moderator and has demonstrated positive teaching and learning through leading the Key stage 1 booster groups.


Cara Carlock

Cara has experience of working in both KS1 and KS2 classes. She has been maths lead at Huish Primary School for over ten years. This has involved monitoring teaching across the school, developing the School action plans for maths and ensuring staff are up to date with current mathematical developments and CPD. Through her role as SLE for maths, she has spent time supporting many teachers and school leadership teams across the county to successfully develop the teaching and learning of maths in their schools.


Vaughan Hillier-Nickels

Vaughan has been Deputy Head teacher at Huish Primary School for 23 years and Head of School for the past two years. During that time the school has had a ‘Good’ and two ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED judgments. Vaughan has also been an acting Head teacher in a local school during 2010-2011. The school was facing many difficulties and he made significant impact through securing improvement in standards and teaching and learning. He also developed a leadership team, which would then take the school further. The school has recently been graded as ‘Good’. In December 2013 Vaughan supported the conversion of Huish School to academy status.

As part of Vaughan’s many leadership roles he has been Numeracy Coordinator and still leads developments in the Computing curriculum.

Vaughan is the CPD leader of the Wessex Teaching School. His role includes facilitating the Improving Teacher Programme and more recently the QUEST and IMPACT Programmes, all of which have been successful in ensuring teachers provide consistently ‘Good’ teaching and learning. More recent versions of the IMPACT programme has focussed on improving maths outcomes through effective subject leadership. In addition, Vaughan has provided further maths CPD for teachers as a Licensed Trainer for White Rose Maths. This work is set to expand in September 2019.

In supporting other schools Vaughan has also advised Senior leaders with data analysis and strategies to improve overall standards and supported with ‘mini OFSTED style inspections. As a National Support School, this role is one that continues to develop. The significant impact of this support, in a range of vulnerable schools, has been verified by the improvement evident when conducting work and planning scrutinies, lesson observations and through agencies such as Ofsted/HMI.

Working with all of our partners to offer the best in teaching and learning.

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