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
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 email@example.com to discuss your precise needs.
Apply to be an SLE
Our recruitment window opens on Monday 3rd September and closes on Friday 28th September. Interviews will be held on Monday 8th October and Core Training will take place on 31 October 2018.
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.
Application & training process
After you register your interest we will send you’re the SLE application form to complete. If your application is successful, this will be followed by an interview. If you are successful in your interview you will be successfully designated as an SLE and will be required to undertake the SLE Core Training. This is a required element of the designation, and all SLEs must do the core training before being deployed in their SLE role.
To discuss the role of an SLE please contact our
Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, Lisa Fathers: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register your interest email our
Teaching School Manager, Claire Critchley: email@example.com