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Specialist Leaders in Education

Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders with a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues in similar positions in other schools.

    Alister Barker - SLE Specialism: Mathematics

    School and Job Role:

    St Michael's Middle School in Colehill

    • Standards lead for Mathematics for Wimborne Academy Trust
    • Head of Mathematics
    • Year 6 Maths and English teacher
    • Year 8 Maths teacher

    Areas of expertise:

    • Data analysis
    • Use of pictorial representations to develop conceptual understanding
    • Use of AfL
    • Curriculum

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Developing use of AfL to ensure support and challenge are provided as appropriate
    • Use of pictorial representations to develop understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages
    • Use of question level analysis to support medium term planning
    • Use of data analysis to ensure school priorities are addressed through intervention
    • Led moderation sessions


    Request for School to School Support for Alister Barker

    Amy Wright - Higher ability students; Post 16 English – curriculum design, teaching and learning; Curriculum enrichment and creative skills in English.

    Amy began her career in Education working in inner city academies in Plymouth and Bristol. During her two years in Bristol she also undertook a Masters in Education, which was then completed following a move to Dorset to teach in a mixed comprehensive upper school. Her masters thesis focused on supporting high ability students within the classroom, and she went on to become the High Performance Coordinator for the school. She has a particular focus on raising aspirations and within-classroom support.

    During her four years in Dorset she has completed the Prince’s Trust Award three times, focusing on enrichment and challenge within the English curriculum. Amy has led staff training for three years, focusing on high ability students within the classroom and building independence in Post 16 students.

    Amy led curriculum design and training for the new A Level curriculums in English, working in partnership with other local schools to develop an innovative and exciting curriculum. She has completed two Leadership training courses on effective middle leadership and school-to-school support, and various training courses within her specialisms.

    Request for School to School Support for Amy Wright

    Angela Puddick -  SLE specialism: Early Years and SENCO

    School and Job Role:

    • Reception class teacher and Early Years leader.
    • SENCO
    • Senior Leader

    Areas of expertise:

    Early Years:

    • Objective led planning
    • Early Years Provision – continuous and enhanced
    • Early Years environment
    • Moderation


    • Use of data to assess impact
    • Staff team work to take on changes
    • Provision mapping
    • Outcomes based approach

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Continuous provision in action
    • County moderation of EYFS Profile
    • Using objective led planning
    • SENCO organisation and making data and analysis useful

    Request for School to School Support for Angela Puddick

    Angie Lineton - SLE specialism: Deputy Head Teacher, Literacy Lead, Year 6

    School and Job Role:

    I have been a senior leader or Deputy Head at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence Primary School for many years. In addition, I taught Year 6 pupils for thirty years and lead English for many of those. Any one child has only one opportunity in each year group – it has to be right every year throughout the school. My aim is to give every pupil a chance in life, not just in English and Maths, it’s about them being confident, conscientious and resilient, developing an ‘open mind-set’ that enables them to become great learners.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Deputy Head
    • English
    • Year 6

    Recent examples of work with other schools (bullet points):

    • I lead twilight training to disseminate leadership practice to senior and middle leaders.
    • I lead less formal meetings with middle leaders of other schools on a one to one basis, giving advice and explain our systems.
    • Led Local Authority conference workshops, including Deputy Heads Conference (21/1/16).
    • Led moderation meetings for English and Maths for the Chesil Partnership (15 schools).
    • Working with Mildown Primary, looking at the deputy Head role and English.

    Request for School to School Support for Angie Linton

    Antonia Dufek - Behaviour management; PE curriculum and leadership; Teaching and Learning

    School and Job Role: St John's First School – Deputy Headteacher

    Areas of expertise:

    • Behaviour management/discipline
    • PE Curriculum
    • Teaching and learning
    • PE leadership

    Recent examples of work within own and other schools:

    • Setting up/monitoring behaviour management systems
    • Classroom management guidance
    • Working with other PE leads to deliver assessment and moderation
    • Development of NQTs within subject area

    Request for School to School Support for Antonia Dufek

    Brian Boyes - Specialism: Science; Maths; Whole school assessment

    School and Job Role: Wimborne Academy Trust, Director of School Improvement

    Areas of Expertise

    • Leadership
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Curriculum
    • Assessment and reporting
    • Raising standards
    • Analysing school performance
    • Ofsted.

    Recent examples of work with other schools

    • Acting Headteacher - 1 year secondment to a local secondary school placed in special measures, 2019
    • INSET delivered to NQTs on career progression, 2018
    • Leading a team of SLE's to improve standards of teaching in Science and Maths in a local academy placed in special measures, 2017
    • Supporting leadership of Mathematics at a local academy, 2016
    • Supporting senior team with line management and raising standards in Mathematics at a local academy, 2016.

    Request for School to School Support for Brian Boyes

    Caroline Boyes - SLE Specialism: English, Curriculum Leadership

    School and Job Role:

    St Michael’s CE Primary School, Bournemouth.
    Assistant Head Teacher
    Key Stage 2 Lead
    English Lead

    Areas of expertise:

    • English
    • Curriculum development

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Team leader for Bournemouth and Poole writing moderation team.
    • Host for writing moderation meetings with other Bournemouth and Poole schools.
    • Collaboration with Deputies and Assistant Heads within the Bournemouth Septenary Trust.

    Request for School to School Support for Caroline Boyes

    Charlotte Larrington-Vandy - SLE specialism: Mathematics

    School and Job Role: Lead Practitioner of Mathematics at Queen Elizabeth’s School
    Areas of expertise

    • Raising standards in maths
    • Mixed ability teaching in maths
    • Maths provision for key groups of students
    • Teacher training for maths
    • T&L development for maths
    • Coaching
    • Pedagogy in Maths

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Developed and implementation of RQT programme
    • Wimborne Multi Academy Trust
    • Supporting  improving T&L in maths at a local secondary school
    • Supporting NQT provision at a secondary school

    Request for School to School Support for Charlotte Larrington-Vandy

    Chris Buller - SLE Specialism: Whole School Support/Provision for the Most Able (MAGT), Whole School Raising Standards Provision & Student Progress, KS4/KS5 Assessment Physical Education

    School and Job Role: Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne

    • Current
      • Acting Assistant Headteacher – Raising Standards
      • Head of House
      • Head of A-Level PE
      • Junior Athlete Education Programme Coordinator (JAE)
    • Whole school MAGT Lead Practitioner

    Areas of expertise

    • Whole school support/provision for the most able (MAGT)
    • Supporting Senior Leaders and middle leaders
    • Raising  Standards provision
    • Trainee/NQT/Staff CPD and inset
    • Physical Education – Curriculum and Examination
    • Supporting Heads of Department and Subject/Key Stage Leads/Coordinators
    • Auditing and action planning

    Recent examples of work with other schools

    • Wimborne Teaching School
    • Wimborne feeder/pyramid school
    • Thomas Hardy’s School
    • Purbeck School
    • The Bishop of Winchester School
    • Bournemouth School for Boys
    • The LEAF Academy
    • Wey Valley School
    • Tewksbury School
    • Barton Peverill College

    Request for School to School Support for Chris Buller

    Christopher Daw - SLE specialism: KS1 – KS3 Computing

    School and Job Role: Allenbourn Middle School, Wimborne

    • IT Co-ordinator
    • Yr5 Teacher
    • CAS Master Teacher

    Areas of expertise

    • Managing and delivering the new national curriculum in computing
    • Planning and assessing computing
    • Developing E-safety policy
    • Middle management

    Recent examples of work with other schools

    • CAS and Bath University supporting computing in primary schools across the South West
    • CPD session on using iPads to teach the new Computing curriculum
    • CPD session on meeting the needs of the new Computing curriculum
    • CPD session to support teachers who have little to no experience in delivering Computing
    • Supporting a number of middle schools in Dorset with assessment, planning and resources
    • Giving advice to the use of tablets within schools

    Request for School to School Support for Christopher Daw

    David Graves - Specialism:  Mathematics

    School and Job Role: Merley First School. 

    • Assistant headteacher
    • KS2 leader
    • mathematics subject leader
    • computing subject leader
    • TT mentor
    • year 4 class teacher

    Areas of expertise

    • Lower key stage 2 (year 3 and 4) mathematics
    • Growth mindset in mathematics
    • Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to mathematics
    • Higher order questioning for mathematics
    • Deeper mastery in mathematics
    • Inspiring and engaging ways to teach mathematics
    • Mentoring

    Recent examples of work with other schools

    • School support focusing on planning and lesson delivery
    • Facilitator for Numicon (SEN focus) development sessions
    • Delivered two multi school INSED days looking at ways to teacher the four operations
    • Mathematics curriculum training delivered to parents and carers
    • Worked with local schools to create a written calculations policy
    • Part of the Wimborne mathematics pyramid

    Request for School to School Support for David Graves

    Edward Bell - SLE specialism:  National Leader of Governance

    School and Job Role: Wimborne Academy Trust : Former Chair of Trustees

    • St Michael’s Middle School- Former Chair of Governors

    Areas of expertise

    • Strategic Leadership
    • Multi-Academy Trust Conversion
    • Headteacher recruitment
    • Headteacher Pay & Performance Reviews
    • Governor Recruitment
    • Governor Training & Development

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Wimborne Academy Trust
    • St Michael’s Middle School
    • Merley First School
    • Witchampton First School 

    Request for School to School Support for Edward Bell

    Jacqui Clark - SLE specialism: Pupil Premium

    School and Job Role:

    • St Nicholas and St Laurence CE Primary School, Weymouth
    • Interventions teacher and Pupil Premium Champion

    Areas of expertise

    • Data tracking and analysis
    • Provision planning and analysis
    • Researching strategies for good practice with PP
    • Liaising with other staff regarding PP children
    • Emotional welfare
    • PP children’s voice
    • Thrive
    • Provision audit
    • Improvement planning / continuous development

    Recent examples of work with other schools

    • PP Hub with two local schools
    • Sharing good practice at twilights
    • Sharing good practice with visiting teachers from other local schools

    Request for School to School Support for Jacqui Clark

    Jo Hancock - SLE specialism: Early Years Teacher; Literacy; Pupil Premium Reviewer

    School and Job Role: Witchampton CE First School, Headteacher

    • Reception Class Teacher and Lead
    • Literacy Lead

    Areas of expertise:

    • Foundation Stage Pedagogy
    • Literacy
    • Phonics
    • Pupil Premium Reviewer

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Leading a project to develop the skills of Foundation Stage practitioners across 26 pre-schools and schools with a focus on vulnerable groups.
    • Supporting a three form entry school to develop their Foundation Stage Practise moving them from a grading of RI to Outstanding in their most recent inspection.
    • Supporting a Foundation Stage NQT in a one form entry school.
    • Training several schools in delivering systematic synthetic phonics in Reception, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

    Request for School to School Support for Jo Hancock

    Joe Jackson-Taylor - Primary Mathematics with KS2 Specialism

    School & Job Role:

    • Muscliff Primary School
    • Maths Lead
    • Y6 teacher


    Areas of Expertise:

    • Primary Mastery Maths Specialist for the Jurassic Maths Hub & NCETM
    • Bar Modelling & visual representation
    • Maths Policy development
    • Coaching & mentoring
    • Mastery pedagogy
    • Data analysis


    Recent Experience:

    • Leading a team of maths specialists developing guidance for the moderation of textbook materials at Key Stage 1
    • Delivered INSET for local school with Algebra & Multiplicative Reasoning
    • Travelled to Shanghai as part of the UK-China teacher exchange
    • Delivered INSETs for local school on Bar Modelling
    • Developed Bar Modelling Policy in collaboration with professionals
    • Team-teaching

    Request for School to School Support for Joe Jackson-Taylor

    Julia Simmonds - Acting Deputy Headteacher

    I am currently Acting Deputy Head, English Lead and Year 3 Class Teacher at Merley First School.  In addition to this role, I am a Coaching Ambassador for Merley First School and mentor to SCITT students.  I have been a part of the Merley First School team since November 2012, but I have been teaching for 21 years!

    For my first 10 years of teaching, I taught Years 5-8 pupils as an English specialist and Head of English for Milldown Middle School, Blandford.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to implement national strategies and lead and support a team of teaching staff in delivering the English curriculum in both key stage two and three.  I have also worked in a primary school setting at Archbishop Wake Primary School, Blandford in Years R-6.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • English specialist
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Curriculum
    • Spelling Tracking and Assessment.

    Recent Examples of Work within own School:

    • Development of the English curriculum across Years R-4
    • Development of the teaching and tracking of spelling
    • Teaching of contextualised grammar.

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    Katharine Anstey - SLE Specialism: Maths; RE; Church School Distinctiveness

    School and Job Role: Merley First School, Wimborne

    • Headteacher

    Areas of expertise

    • Maths - Curriculum
    • Maths - Manipulating resources 
    • RE
    • Church School Distinctiveness

    Recent examples of work with other schools

    • Head of School at Merley First School
    • Previously Head of School at St John’s First School
    • Singapore Textbook Project lead for Jurassic Maths Hub using Maths- No Problem!
    • Facilited Numicon in KS2 training with Lesson Study
    • Joint strategic lead for Dorset Maths Matters- supporting pyramids across Dorset to develop subject specific expertise (2014/15)
    • Facilitated the Olevi Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) improving teaching and learning
    • Maths Inset delivered to school group and pyramid group of schools (EYFS- Yr6)
    • Maths curriculum training delivered to Parents and Carers
    • Supported two primary teachers with planning, teaching and assessment over half a term to develop skills and knowledge
    • Lead the Wimborne Maths pyramid
    • Supported a school to prepare for SIAMS inspection (outstanding Grade awarded)
    • NQT induction support across Dorset

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    Kim Ashby - Inclusion, Pupil Premium

    Kim Ashby begun her career working at a public school in Shropshire, becoming at Assistant Head of House with fifty three boarding girls. Two years later she joined a school in special measures as a year Head at a West Midland school in Dudley. Through creative pastoral developments, Kim became a Head of House and the school became part of the NCTL program.

    In recent years, Kim has worked in a rural middle school as a Head of Year and Head of department, before transferring to her current school – Queen Elizabeth School Wimborne, where she is the Head of Inclusion and Senco.

    She has supported local schools with the delivery of Pupil Premium provision and analysing impact of intervention. Future developments and ways of using strategies to promote progress and achievement whilst working within a team environment.

    Areas of Expertise:

    Pupil Premium

    Student focused solutions

    Data Analysis

    Teaching and learning Strategies

    Pupil premium Strategy Statement

    Inclusion and provision

    Staff Professional Development

    Pastoral Systems and Approaches.

    Request for School to School Support for Kim Ashby

    Laura Howieson - Inclusion and Provision

    Laura Howieson began her career in a middle school in a deprived area of Salisbury as English and Drama lead.  During her NQT year she undertook SENDCo training with the University of Winchester and lead the SEND department from her second year.

    More recently, Laura has worked within a secondary school; as an English lead for a Middle School; in a primary school, initially with a year 3 class but also with days in reception and as a class teacher and English Lead in an alternative provision for children with what was then classed as BESD. Through this, she has developed many skills and strategies for positive behaviour management which has prompted her to be trained in many different methods including the PACE approach and Lee Canter’s model.

    Laura is now Leader for Pupil Wellbeing at St Michael’s Middle School and Inclusion Standards lead for Wimborne Academy Trust.

    She has supported local schools with the delivery of effective SEND provision and using evidence as a tool for positive change.  She has also supported the setting up and continuation of pastoral provision which allows a SENDCo to address a child’s needs in a more holistic way encompassing safeguarding, mental health and academic achievement.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Inclusion and provision
    • Student focussed solutions
    • Data Analysis
    • Teaching and Learning Strategies for Inclusion
    • Pastoral Systems and Approaches
    • Mental Health Approaches
    • Behaviour Management
    • Staff Professional Development.

    Louise Freir - SLE Specialism: Maths (Primary); Independent Learning (Primary)

    Job Roles: SLE Wimborne Teaching School, Work Group Lead Jurassic Hub, Maths No Problem Trainer.


    • More than 28 years teaching experience across the Primary age range, Year 7 and Year 8
    • Maths Lead
    • Computing Lead
    • Support for Heads, Maths Leads and teachers in developing and improving maths across schools or academies
    • Leading maths moderation meetings for Years 1 to 8
    • Consultant leading teacher for Dorset - Maths & Computing
    • Problem Based Learning Lead
    • Presentations at Maths Conferences as SLE
    • Leading maths workshops and work groups for a variety of TAs, HLTAs and teachers
    • Training Heads, Maths Leads and teachers for Maths - No Problem!

    Areas of expertise

    • Developing a Primary Maths Mastery Curriculum
    • Developing the KS3 Mastery Curriculum
    • Assessing Maths without levels to match the New Curriculum
    • Developing Maths Leadership in the Primary School
    • Manipulatives & Representations in the primary maths curriculum
    • Exploration & Journalling in the primary maths curriculum
    • Greater Depth in the primary maths curriculum
    • Lesson structure in the primary maths curriculum
    • Key Skills Assessment - identifying and addressing the gaps - in the primary maths curriculum
    • Developing Independent Learners through PDR (Plan, Do, Review) and PBL (Problem Based Learning) - a whole school approach.

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Specialist Maths Lead for School Improvement in Wimborne Academy Trust - identified areas of need, developed strategies for and raised attainment in teaching and assessing maths in Allenbourn, St Michael's and Emmanuel Middle Schools and also in Witchampton and Hayeswood First Schools
    • Worked as SLE in Lockyer's Middle school to support the development of KS2 and KS3 maths
    • Co-wrote a bid for SSIF and supported the development of maths on a weekly basis in Emmanuel Middle School and Verwood First School
    • Acted as maths lead for Emmanuel Middle School
    • Led maths moderation meetings for Wimborne Academy Trust Year 1 to Year 8
    • Led maths network meetings for Wimborne Academy Trust
    • Supported IPACA (now Atlantic Academy Portland) in raising standards in maths
    • Supported and acted as Maths Lead for Wareham Primary: Raising Standards in maths
    • Led teacher research groups for teachers across Dorset working for Jurassic Hub
      - Manipulatives & Representations
      - Numicon in KS1
      - Journalling
    • Worked with Heads and Teachers in Oxford to develop Independent Learning in their schools
    • Trained teachers across Dorset in the mastery approach through Maths No Problem.

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    Matt Golding - SLE Specialism: English

    School and Job Role: Allenbourn Middle School – Assistant Headteacher and Head of English

    Areas of expertise:

    • Curriculum
    • Assessment / Moderation
    • CPD

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Working with Lead Moderator to deliver  assessment / moderation CPD in borough of Bournemouth – 2015/2016
    • Cross-school moderation & assessment CPD events within Bournemouth 2015/2016
    • English & Y6  Lead, St Michael’s Primary School  2014-2016
    • KS2 Moderator, Borough of Bournemouth

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    Paul Andrews - SLE Specialism: Science

    School and Job Role: Deputy Head Teacher

    Areas of expertise

    • Teaching and learning development
    • Pedagogy in Science
    • Subject leadership
    • Science curriculum development

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Whole school teaching and Learning (Secondary school as Assistant Head Teacher)
    • Whole school CPD co-ordination
    • Subject leader development (Secondary and Primary as LA Adviser)
    • Professional mentor - PGCE / School Direct trainees / NQTs

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    Rachael Oliver - SLE Specialism - English, Curriculum Development, Religious Education

    Rachael has recently moved from Tower Hamlets, East London, where she was an Assistant Headteacher and Acting Deputy Headteacher of a Church of England Primary School.  She was also the English Lead and Religious Education Lead.

    Areas of Expertise

    • English
    • Curriculum Development
    • Religious Education

    Recent examples of work with other schools

    Rachael is currently giving weekly English support to two first schools in the local area.  This support includes:

    • Middle leader development
    • Curriculum development
    • Developing and implementing school wide systems to support the teaching of English
    • Planning and assessment support.

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    Richard Wright - KS2 History and PSHE

    Based at Allenbourn Middle School, Wimborne

    Head of Year 5

    Transition coordinator

    Head of KS2 History & PSHE



    Areas of expertise:

    NQT support, mentoring and induction


    Discipline and Behaviour Management

    History KS2


    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    Training for NQTs in locality

    History Curriculum KS2

    Transition work with First Schools

    Request for School to School Support for Richard Wright

    Robert Hardy - SLE Specialism: Mathematics

    School and Job Role: Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne

    • Lead Practitioner for Maths

    Areas of expertise:

    • KS3 and KS4 Maths Development
    • Pedagogy in Maths
    • Developing and Improving teaching and learning in maths.

    Request for School to School Support for Robert Hardy

    Ross Bowell - SLE Specialism: School back office operations and financial management

    School and Job Role: Business Director

    • Wimborne Academy Trust

    Areas of expertise:

    • Academy conversion
    • Financial accounting (Chartered Accountant: ACA 2004, FCA 2014)
    • Management accounting and reporting
    • Risk and assurance management
    • Treasury management (ACT Certificate in Treasury Management - Public Finance, 2011)
    • Procurement
    • Regulatory compliance (Advanced Diploma in School Business Management, 2014)
    • Strategic business planning
    • Facilities and H&S management (Health and Safety for School Business Managers - IOSH Accredited, 2015)
    • Capital bids and project management
    • Governance

    Recent examples of work with other schools:

    • Business and Finance Director, Ringwood School, 2011-2015
    • Financial management support to Bransgore Primary School, 2012-2015
    • Academy conversion and initial financial management support to Milford-on-Sea Primary School, 2013
    • Delivered SBM sessions for QTL NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH courses, 2013-2015
    • Initiated and facilitated SPELL Teaching School Finance and Administration Group meetings, 2013-2015

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    Ruth Everton - English Lead

    I have been a primary school teacher in Kent and Dorset for 13 years. I have taught in both KS1 and KS2, with the majority of my teaching career so far in KS1. I have been the English Lead at Colehill First School for over 8 years.

    I have worked as a professional mentor supporting students through their initial teacher training, provided KS1 writing moderation and have delivered specific training on planning, assessment and key areas of development.

    I am the teaching and learning lead for Colehill First school. I was appointed as an SLE for Wimborne Teaching School in 2019. My areas of expertise are English and Phonics.

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    Sarah Stanciu - Year 5 Leader

    I currently teach at a large primary school, in Bournemouth town centre, where I have been a year group leader in lower KS2.  In more recent years, I have gained experience leading in upper KS2.  To develop my understanding of this role and to increase my capability, I successfully completed my NPQML.  Most recently, I have been working alongside senior leaders on the intent, implementation and impact of our school's curriculum.  This has involved monitoring and overseeing the individual curriculum subject leaders.  I have experience of mentoring NQTs as well as trainee teachers.  For the last few years, I have been involved in writing moderation for KS2.

    School and Job Role:  St Michael's Primary

    • Year 5 leader
    • Overseeing curriculum subject leaders.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Curriculum development
    • NQT mentoring and initial teacher training support
    • English.

    Recent examples of work within own and other schools:

    • Monitoring curriculum leaders across all subjects
    • Working alongside senior leaders on the intent, implementation and impact of our school's curriculum
    • Working with colleagues around moderation of writing
    • Providing mentoring and support for NQTs.

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