What can a Specialist Leader of Education do for your school?

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) have a significant role to play in raising standards in our schools. SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders with a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues in similar positions in other schools.

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:

  • Data analysis
  • Coaching
  • Facilitating and training
  • Joint action planning

SLEs “have a track record of relevant and successful leadership expertise in their own or other schools to draw upon. There is a lot of coaching in the SLE approach. It’s about discussion, asking the right questions and seeking solutions together.”

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. For more information on the work of SLEs, please watch the short video below.

Our SLE team

We currently have over 40 SLEs available for deployment, across a number of specialisms:

  • 10 Early Years SLEs
  • 9 Mathematics SLEs
  • 8 English SLEs
  • 6 SEN SLEs
  • 4 Behaviour SLEs
  • 3 School Business Management SLEs
  • 2 Curriculum SLEs
  • 2 Computing SLEs
  • 1 ITT/NQT Development SLE
  • 1 Drama SLE

You can find our recent testimonials and case studies or meet our team here.

If you would like to explore the school to school support services, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can contact us here.

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