Louise Castilla

SLE Details

School: Thrussington C of E Primary School

Current role: Year 3 / 4 teacher; Subject leader for Maths and Computing; Initial Teacher Education Leader

Number of years you have been teaching: 18 years

Designated specialism: SLE in Initial Teacher Education and Newly Qualified Teachers. (Have also given support in Maths due to being a leading teacher for Leicestershire.)

Outreach support available

After completing a year of training on coaching, I found it particularly rewarding to support a school with their Maths delivery and would be keen to do something similar again. I have also attended training for T.A.s in Maths and would happily work with schools to support teachers or T.A.s with Maths delivery.

I have delivered inset training in my own school on internet safety, safeguarding, understanding mastery in Mathematics and teaching problem solving in Maths.


I have been working as a teacher for eighteen years and in that time, I have taken every opportunity to develop my understanding of how teachers can best support the children in their care.

I have worked at Thrussington for eleven years and during this time, I began to support Leicestershire County Council initially as a lead teacher of Maths. Shortly afterwards I started to mentor ITE students and then became more involved in the whole process of supporting a student from start to end.

Alongside that, I was asked to support teachers in other schools. What I have discovered from this is that I feel as passionately about working with adults as I do with children and I feel that I have a real talent for getting results and putting the people that I am working with at ease. It also gives me the opportunity to go into lots of different schools which keeps my own teaching fresh and ensures that, even though I work in a small, rural school, I have a good understanding of the issues that large schools face.

Relevant experience in specialism

In my role as Initial Teacher Education leader, I worked closely with the University of Leicester on our Schools Direct partnership. My role was to read applications and carry out initial interviews and then decide which applicants would get through to the interviews at the university. I then mentored the students as well as liaising with Headteachers from schools in Leicestershire to set up placements. While on placement, it was my responsibility to carry out quality control checks and support schools and Headteachers with their students.

In my role as SLE, I have supported a local STEP school in making improvements in Maths. This involved an initial meeting with the Headteacher followed by closely coaching two members of staff over several sessions and follow up meetings with the Headteacher to monitor progress. I have led several STEP Teach Meet sessions for NQTs, focussing on Guided Reading and Moderation. I planned and led a STEP writing moderation session for years 3 and 4.

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