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.
They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.
The SLE role was created to help raise standards and improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning.
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SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles focus specifically on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing the capacity and capability of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.
This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:
The types of placements will vary. For example, one might be a 2-day diagnostic exercise, while another might require a 3-month, full time support role. Time may be taken as a block of consecutive days or spread over a longer period.
There’s no minimum or maximum time commitment. You and your school will need to think carefully about capacity and negotiate your availability together.
The SLE role has a number of benefits, including:
To become a SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role for two years and be able to demonstrate impact in your own area and impact in another area of school or in a different school.
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.
There’s no minimum or maximum time commitment. You and your school will need to think carefully about capacity and negotiate your availability together. If this role interests you but you do not quite meet the criteria then talk to us about how you might gain some experience so you can apply in the future.
Applications are now closed. Further recruitment windows will be published later in the year.
If you would like to speak to us about the School to School support the Alliance for Learning can offer please contact Lisa Fathers, on 0161 912 5912 or email@example.com to discuss your precise needs.
Profiles for our SLE Team can be viewed in the brochures below: