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.



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.



Oliver Stevens 

Rufforth Primary School

Specialist Area: Mathematics


Nicola towle


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.