Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are ‘outstanding’ middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. To become an SLE, you will need to provide evidence that you understand what outstanding leadership practice in your area of expertise looks like and you know how to support other leaders to do the same in their own context.


Teaching Schools are responsible for designating SLEs, brokering SLE deployments and providing ongoing support.


The Department for Education introduced the SLE concept in their The Importance of Teaching: The Schools White Paper 2010. The SLE role is designed to help improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving the outcomes for children.


As an SLE, you will be deployed into schools to develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams using coaching and/or facilitation that draws on the knowledge and expertise in your specialist area. Your work will contribute to improving outcomes for students in other school settings.


We are recruiting SLEs to provide support to staff and teams in local schools and academies. We are passionate about supporting school improvement and broadening our network of shared expertise.


Key Area of Expertise

• Leadership and management

• Academies and Academy transition

• Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD)

• School business management and financial management

• Leadership of curriculum

• Pupil achievement

• Early years

• English

• Geography

• History

• Information and communication technology (ICT)

• Maths

• Modern foreign languages (MFL)

• Music

• Phonics

• Physical education (PE)

• Religious education (RE)

• Science

• Special educational needs (SEN)

• Support for the most able pupils

• Quality of teaching

• Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development

• Behaviour and safety

• Behaviour and discipline

• Attendance





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