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: 




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

New SLEs Designated

Earlier this year we invited applications from our United Learning colleagues to become Specialist Leaders of Education.

An assessment day was held at Lambeth Academy in February. We are delighted to announce that four new SLEs have now been accredited through the National College and have joined our SLE team.

We are looking to begin another recruitment round soon. Details will follow shortly. 

Author: Marta