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 be come 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.

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.

What is involved?

Typically, SLEs will work with middle and senior leaders to:

  • Carry out diagnostic visits
  • Develop action plans, identifying key priorities and SMART targets
  • Provide one to one or group support
  • Offer coaching and mentoring support
  • Provide access to resources and training

The ultimate aim of SLEs will always be to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children through developing the capacity of peer leaders in other schools.

Could your school benefit from the support of an SLE?

We have a number of outstanding SLEs across a wide range of subjects.  Please view our SLE Booklet for more details on our SLEs and their subject specialisms.

If your school requires the support of one of our SLEs please contact Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School & Partnerships on 0161 912 5912 or  to discuss your precise needs.


Apply to be an SLE

The school to school support work of the Alliance for Learning continues to grow and we are keen to designate more high calibre colleagues to join our group of fantastic SLEs!

  • Are you an outstanding middle or senior school leader with a particular area of expertise?
  • Do you have the capacity, skills and commitment to support others in similar positions in other schools?
  • Do you want to contribute to improving outcomes for children, with priority likely to be given to supporting the needs of underperforming and challenged schools.


Our recruitment window has now closed but we will be recruiting again later in the academic year.


To discuss the role of an SLE please contact our

Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, Lisa Fathers:


     To register your interest email our

Teaching School Manager, Claire Critchley: