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Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)


SLEs are highly effective middle or senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals and/or teams in other schools.

The role is designed to help improve the quality of school leadership and teaching via school-to-school support and peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children.

As a SLE you’ll be deployed into schools to develop the leadership capacity, using coaching and/or facilitation that draws on the knowledge and expertise in your area of specialism. This can involve diagnostic visits, developing action plans, one-to-one support, coaching/mentoring, or signposting resources and training.

The role is not remunerated but you will receive bespoke training on how to deliver effectively in other schools if you are successful at the interview stage.


"The SLE role has helped me to widen my experience outside my own school, enabling me to offer support, guidance and to help colleagues in different contexts. It also enhances my own school as I pick up golden nuggets of information along the way." North Somerset SLE

"I was hesitant to release one of my middle leaders as part of the SLE role but with the benefit of hindsight I genuinely feel that the learning experience has benefitted our school as much as the schools they‘ve worked with." Bristol Headteacher


Staff with a middle or senior leadership role in primary, secondary or special schools. You need to be an outstanding practitioner and have been in post for a minimum or two years.

Your school must have the capacity to release you for training and a pre-agreed amount of outreach work.

You must be interested in, and capable of, supporting middle or senior leaders in other schools. This means you must possess both the expertise and personal skills and qualities required.


Download an application form here. Successful applicants will be invited to interview and provided with some training.

If you have any queries regarding the role, please email Victoria Boynton on  


Application deadline (including Headteacher references): Monday 13th May 2019

Proposed interview dates: Tuesday 4th or Thursday 6th June 2019

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