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Specialist Leader of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders in positions below the headteacher, with at least two years’ leadership experience. They have a particular area of expertise (such as a subject area, early years, behaviour or school business management) and a successful track record of school improvement. SLEs support leaders in other schools. They have excellent interpersonal skills, are able to work sensitively and collaboratively with others and have a commitment to outreach work. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of specialism looks like and can help other leaders to achieve it in their own context. The SLE role is about developing other middle and senior leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may be done through one to-one peer coaching or facilitated group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as data analysis, coaching or joint action planning. 

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Paul Faci

Paul Faci, Specialist Leader in Education - PSHEE

Paul specialises in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE), Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) and Citizenship at Bexleyheath Academy. He has developed a bespoke tutor PSHEE program for every year group to meet the diverse needs of our students and staff. Central to the success of the PSHEE program at Bexleyheath Academy are the sustainable partnerships Paul has established and maintained with local and national charities and enterprises.

Paul has extensive experience at facilitating CPD for parents, governors, teachers and school personnel alike. He has demonstrated his passion for raising the standards in quality CPD for staff both at regional and national levels in areas of LGBT Anti-bullying, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Sex and Relationship Education (SRE), among many other PSHEE/SMSC topics. As SMSC is a key area for Ofsted inspections, Paul has led on the Bexley SMSC Working Party whereby an SMSC Start-Up Kit has been produced for both primary and secondary settings. This product is a one-stop- shop for key stakeholders wishing to improve the SMSC and PSHEE provision at their setting.

Paul is also a passionate researcher and is currently a key facilitator on Bexleyheath Academy’s Teaching and Learning Research team. His research focuses on the relationship between spiritual development (as part of the SMSC agenda), engagement and achievement in Science, Technology, English and Mathematics. Prior to moving to the UK in 2011, Paul taught in a PRU-equivalent secondary setting in Melbourne, Australia. His educational philosophy is grounded in social equity. Paul holds a Masters degree in education with The University of Melbourne where he conducted a study into the culture of mainstream settings and their relationships to young people at risk of disengagement.