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Specialist Leaders of Education

2019 Application Window Now CLOSED

Recruitment round open - Application Form


We are recruiting for Primary SLEs  in the following areas: English Reading, English Reading & Writing, RE, Science, Behaviour & Discipline, History & Geography

Please submit your completed application by email to Bhavini Karia at bkaria.304@byroncrt.brent.sch.uk by Thursday 20th December 2018

Interviews will be held on Friday 11th January 2019 at Byron Court School


Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are ‘outstanding’ middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. To become an SLE, you will need to provide evidence that you understand what outstanding leadership practice in your area of expertise looks like and you know how to support other leaders to do the same in their own context. 

Teaching Schools are responsible for designating SLEs, brokering SLE deployments and providing ongoing support. 

The Department for Education introduced the SLE concept in their The Importance of Teaching: The Schools White Paper 2010. The SLE role is designed to help improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving the outcomes for children. As an SLE, you will be deployed into schools to develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams using coaching and/or facilitation that draws on the knowledge and expertise in your specialist area. Your work will contribute to improving outcomes for students in other school settings. 

We are currently recruiting SLEs to provide support to staff and teams in local schools and Academies. We are passionate about supporting school improvement and broadening our network of shared expertise. 

Who is this programme for? 

This programme is for teachers who have held a middle or senior leadership role in a school for at least two years and have a specialism. See also SLE eligibility criteria and application guidance. 

What is involved? 

Typically, SLEs will work with middle and senior leaders to:

  • carry out diagnostic visits
  • develop action plans, identifying key priorities and SMART targets
  • provide one-to-one or group support
  • offer coaching and mentoring support
  • provide access to resources and training 

The ultimate aim of SLEs will always be to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children through developing the capacity of peer leaders in other schools.