SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders, with at least two years' leadership experience. They have a particular area of expertise and a successful track record of school improvement. There are other separate schemes for accrediting Headteachers (LLEs and NLEs).
SLEs support leaders in other schools. They have excellent interpersonal skills, are able to work sensitively and collaboratively with others and have a commitment to outreach work. They understand what outstanding leadership practise in their area of specialism looks like and can help other leaders to achieve it in their own context.
The SLE role is about developing other middle and senior leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may be done through one-to-one peer coaching or facilitated group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as data analysis, coaching or joint action planning.
SLEs can come from any school or academy, including nursery, primary, secondary, special, pupil referral unit, independent or free school, or sixth form college.
To become a Specialist Leader of Education, you need to have been in a leadership role below the Headteacher for at least 2 years. Your Headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role*.
You do not need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of our teaching school alliance, but your school will need to have the capacity to release you to work in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise.
We welcome applications from teachers and school business leaders in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools.
* NB: Whilst Higher Level Teaching Assistants are not eligible to apply, we are interested in hearing from experienced HLTAs who have the support of their Headteacher for engaging in outreach and support work as we deploy education support staff as part of our school to school work.
We will opening a recruitment round during the 2017/18 academic year. Keep an eye on this page for further details in due course.