Pathfinder SLEs

Meet the Pathfinder SLEs

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance has a number of SLEs working in schools across Yorkshire and the wider area.



Kirstie Blything  

Burton Green Primary School

Specialist Area: Primary Education




Chris Charles 

Pocklington School

Specialist Area: Computing

I’ve been teaching for over 18 years. I’ve been in charge of Computer Science in multiple schools and I enjoy working with others to make Computer Science an interesting, useful and successful subject area.



Sara Goyea 

St Paul's Primary School

Specialist Area: Primary Education




Kirsty Gudgeon 

Westfield Primary School

Specialist Area: Primary Education


Steven Lever


Steven Lever

Archbishop Holgate's School

Specialist Area: Science


Philip McBride


Phil McBride

Archbishop Holgate's School

Specialist Area: Mathematics

I have been teaching for over 20 years in Yorkshire.  I have been a HoD and now Lead Practitioner.  I love supporting colleagues, whether new to the profession or established, to become better at what they do.



Eve Morris 

Private Consultant

Specialist Area: School Leadership


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Kate Sowter

Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance

Specialist Area: Professional Development

                              & School Improvement

I started my career teaching in the borough of Hackney. During my 6 years in London I experienced teaching in KS1 and KS2. In my last two years I became an assistant head with responsibility for Maths development.

In York I have worked as a Deputy Head, leading English, RE/Worship and mentoring. I worked for a year in the role as an English consultant, specialising in effective reading strategies for rapid progression.

Currently my role of Deputy for the teaching school involves developing effective professional development, leading the Primary ITT programme, delivering training and working alongside practitioners to develop their practice.



Oliver Stevens 

Rufforth Primary School

Specialist Area: Mathematics


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Nicola Towle

Fulford School

Specialist Area: English

As well as teaching English to all ages at Fulford School in York, I am also a part-time tutor on the PGCE course. I work with a range of trainee teachers as they develop their skills in order to become enthusiastic and effective teachers.

I have been an English teacher for nearly 30 years, working in range of schools and holding a variety of positions of responsibility, including Subject Leader in a large and successful comprehensive in York.

I also worked on the English PGCE course at Durham University for almost ten years. During my time as an English teacher I have taught English and Drama to all ages. I have been involved in a number of research projects focusing on effective learning, Grammar for Writing, verbal feedback and target setting. I have also developed CPD training materials for colleagues in school. I still find the classroom a highly enjoyable and stimulating environment and I hope that I communicate this enthusiasm to trainees and colleagues.