Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education

Teaching-School-Logo-Transparent-backgroundWhat is a Specialist Leader of Education?

One of the focus areas of Teaching schools is to collaborate and provide support for other schools. A key area for this is Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).

The core role of an SLE is to provide support for other leaders in schools. The SLE must be in a leadership role below the Headteacher for at least two years. The SLE can be from any type or phase school. An SLE does not need to be from an outstanding school or from a school in a teaching alliance.

Each deployment of an SLE will be tailor-made to meet the needs of the supported school. This would normally involve coaching, facilitating skills, data analysis or joint action planning. This type of deployment has benefits for all involved.

What are the benefits of becoming a Specialist Leader of Education?

  • You will be motivated by professional recognition and respect for their expertise
  • Being an SLE is an excellent form of continuing professional development (CPD) for middle and senior leaders
  • It enhances knowledge, skills and abilities to improve your current role 
  • It enables individuals to demonstrate they are ready to step up to the next leadership level
  • Skills such as coaching and mentoring that SLEs develop can be used to support colleagues in their own school
  • It can re-energise and motivate both the SLE and, through dissemination of learning, other staff
  • Learning about different systems and contexts from the schools you support helps you to develop practice back in your own school
  • We know that system leaders benefit from knowing they are helping others to improve and having a positive impact on outcomes for children by using and sharing their own knowledge and skills. It is this sense of moral purpose that can often prove to be the biggest incentive of all.

Interested in becoming an SLE?

The Nottingham Catholic Teaching School Alliance is currently recruiting SLE- Specialist Leaders of Education in the following areas:

  • Primary: Early Years, Maths, English, Science, RE, Phonics, Assessment, Curriculum Leadership, SEN, ITT, Behaviour and discipline, Attendance, Leadership of CPD
  • Secondary: Maths& English

If you have any questions or queries please contact either Chris Maher at c.maher@ololcatholicmat.co.uk or  Vanessa Scott at v.scott@becketonline.co.uk


The Application process

The SLE role is an excellent development opportunity for middle and senior leaders whereby you can expand upon your existing expertise. There can be many benefits for career development by becoming an SLE.

There are two parts to the application:

Part 1: Is a Word document completed offline and uploaded electronically, by using the reference, to Part 1.

Part 2: A presentation and interview to a panel about the role of an SLE.

Applicants will normally be asked to take part in a face to face activity enabling the applicant to demonstrate their interpersonal, communication, coaching and facilitating skills. This could be a group meeting, presentation and individual interview.

If successful the SLEs will have a compulsory training day.


For information about becoming an SLE through our Alliance, you can also contact Vanessa Scott at v.scott@becketonline.co.uk

For further general information about SLE’s please visit https://www.gov.uk/specialist-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants