Specialist Leaders of Education
Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) 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. See also SLE eligibility criteria and application guidance.
Teaching Schools are responsible for designating SLE, 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 SLE from the priority areas in the table below:
Benefits of Becoming an SLE :
Designated SLE will be deployed inline with our priorities. They will be subject to more than the minimum training on offer, as there is recognition that further training will be needed in order for them to remain effective in the post.
Our alliance will monitor the impact of the SLEs' work. Regular dialogue will be held between our Teaching School and schools receiving support to ensure that the bespoke support provided is having the desired impact.
What will be involved?
Typically, SLE will work with middle and senior leaders to:
The ultimate aim of a SLE will always be to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children through developing the capacity of peer leaders in other schools.