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. Lists of our SLEs are available here: Primary Phase SLEs and Secondary Phase SLEs. Below you will find profiles of all our SLEs.

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. 

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.


How To Apply & Contact Us

Please contact Jan Shadick, SLE Strategic Lead, if you have any questions, would like to invite one of our SLEs to your school, or are interested in becoming an SLE.

If you are from a primary school and would like to arrange for SLE's support, please contact Euan Graham

Please contact Peter Lam if you would like SLE's support in a secondary school.

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




New SLEs Designated in July 2017

We are happy to welcome our new SLEs who were successful at the summer term SLE recruitment: Robert Smith (Northampton), Jim Attridge (Glenmoor & Winton), Scott Pulling (Shoreham), Anna Jenkins (Kettering), Alex Blackman (Southway), Emily Gulliver (Hanwell Fields) and Gillian Rowland (Cravenwood)...

Author: Marta

New SLEs Designated in April 2017

We are happy to announce the National College have confirmed our recent SLE designation recommendations and we can now welcome further nine SLEs across the group. Complete lists of all our SLEs (for primary and secondary phases) are now available on the website... 

Author: Marta

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