Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

We are looking to recruit and identify outstanding middle and senior leaders who will support individuals or teams in other schools. SLEs build leadership capacity in order to improve outcomes for students, and are:

  • Excellent professionals in leadership positions below the headteacher, with the capacity, capability and commitment to work beyond their own school.
  • Outstanding in a particular area, for example: a subject specialism, inclusion, ITT mentoring, performance management, behaviour, school business management.
  • Designated and brokered by teaching schools, but may be from any school.

Our outstanding SLEs come from different schools across the Group and will be happy to help you develop successful leadership capacity.

Please read the Carter Community School case study below to find out how our SLEs can help your school.

Don’t forget to check our Useful Documents and News sections for recruitment information if you are interested in becoming an SLE. We have set the dates for the whole year so that you can see when the opportunity will arise.

SLEs Working with Carter Community School - Case Study

Please read this article to find out how our SLEs can help your school. Enclosed case study presents the support provided to Carter Community School and their Humanities department in 2014.



10 New SLEs Designated

We have designated a further ten SLEs across the group to add to our existing ones. They often work as part of the central school improvement teams, but also at the request of individual schools and departments. If you would like to use one please contact Brian Doyle .

The next round of SLE applications will open after Christmas. Applications will be accepted from Monday 9th January till Friday 10th February 2017.

Author: Marta

SLE Application Window Now Open

We are pleased to announce the application process for round 1 (Autumn) is now open. Please read the whole article for details on who can apply and how. The deadline for submitting applications is 30th September 2016.

Author: Marta

SLE Application Dates for 2016 - 2017

We have set the dates for SLEs applications and interviews for the whole academic year. All interviews are for Primary and Secondary colleagues unless otherwise stated. We are particularly keen to designate SLEs within the Primary phase, the North and across core subjects but all are welcome to apply. Please read this article to find the dates and to apply.

Author: Marta

Useful Forms and Documents

SLEs Application Dates for 2016-2017.pdf 222KB SLEs Application Dates for 2016-2017
SLE_Application_Form_ULTSA.doc 170KB SLE Application Form
Guidance for SLE Deployment 2016.pdf 192KB Guidance for SLE Deployment
Pre-visit Information Form for SLE.docx 35KB Pre-visit Information Form for SLE
SLE Deployment Agreement.doc 79KB SLE Deployment Agreement
SLE Record of Visit.doc 74KB SLE Record of Visit
SLE Evaluation Form.doc 75KB SLE Evaluation Form
Evaluation of SLE Support.doc 74KB Evaluation of SLE Support

How To Apply & Contact Us

Please contact Brian Doyle, Head of SLE Deployment and Development, if you have any questions, would like to invite one of our SLEs to your school, or are interested in becoming an SLE. 

The daily rate of SLE’s support is £375. Please contact Jan Shadick, SLEs Strategic Lead, in confidence if this cost is an issue.

For more information about the SLE programme, guidance for applicants and requirements please visit: 


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