Become a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)

Specialist leaders of education (SLE) are outstanding middle or senior leaders who have the skills to support colleagues in similar positions within their school and others.

What does an SLE do?

SLEs play a vital role within STEP by helping to develop leadership capacity in schools through sharing good practice on a one-to-one basis and in groups. Becoming an SLE opens up many doors to develop further within the teaching profession and has benefits to both you as an individual and to your school.

This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • Data analysis
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Facilitate and deliver training
  • Joint action planning

Who can apply?

To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role other than headteacher for at least 2 years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you’re in an appropriate role.

You can be working in any type or phase of school.

You don’t need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, but your school will need to have the capacity to release you to work in other schools.

You must have at least 1 specialism from the areas of expertise, which are based on the areas of focus in the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (August, 2015).

How to apply?
We are not currently recruiting new SLEs but please do watch this space for details of any future application rounds.

Further information
We recommend that all applicants read the application guidance and ensure that you have discussed applying with your headteacher before completing the application.

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