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SLE - Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
I have been a primary teacher for 20 years, teaching predominantly in EYFS and KS1. I have been a successful KS1 leader (14 years) and EY leader (10 years) in 2 schools. I am currently Deputy Head Teacher at Churchend School, with leadership responsibility for EYFS and KS1.
Working in an outstanding school, I am dedicated to maintaining high standards for staff and pupils. I collaborate with and support colleagues from my own school and those from the local area and South East. Particular strengths have been to:


  • present to senior leaders regarding the contribution of middle leaders and SLEs
  • implement language programmes into nursery and reception to improve standards
  • collaborate with the English leader to implement and monitor a phonics programme
  • initiate an action research project to focus on improving boys’ writing and present findings to EY leaders in the LEA
  • implement and monitor intervention programmes in reading, writing and maths for pupil premium children
  • develop a skilled EY team, including supporting 3 members of staff to achieve further qualifications

As an SLE, I have a proven track record in working with leaders, teachers and support staff in EYFS departments in other schools. Particular successes have been to :


  • improve planning and assessment
  • identify gaps in provision, implement and monitor changes
  • review and adjust timetabling to optimise learning opportunities
  • analyse data and target specific groups for additional support or challenge
  • extend learning in the outdoor environment
  • develop skills and confidence of support staff


An Ofsted report of a school placed in special measures, where I had provided support, stated:
“Most children join the Reception class with knowledge, skills and understanding that are above those typical for their age. Better teaching over time and more precise monitoring of pupils’ progress mean that the proportions reaching average or higher standards by the end of Reception …are now above national figures.” (Ofsted, 2014)
“Training and clear guidance, alongside individual support and regular monitoring, have improved teaching.” (Ofsted, 2014)