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Specialist Leaders of Education

What is an SLE - Specialist Leader of Education?

An SLE is an outstanding middle and senior leader with a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues in similar positions in other schools.

Who can apply?

To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role below the Headteacher for at least 2 years. Your Headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.

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 our areas of expertise, which are based on the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.

Further information with regard to the application process and guidance can be obtained from The National College for Teaching and Leadership.

St Patrick's currently have 54 SLE's. If you would like to become an SLE please contact Tracey Withers for more information. 

The role of an SLE 

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. This role is about developing 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

If selected you will be expected to provide evidence that your work has had a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people by developing leadership in other schools. 

Time commitment 

The role lasts for 4 years, at which time there will be a review. The types of placements will vary. Time may be taken as a block of consecutive days or spread over a longer period. There is no minimum or maximum time commitment.

St Patrick's National Leader of Education

Mrs Barbara Rogers - Executive Principal

For further information please contact:

Mrs Tracey Withers

Senior Leader Administration 

Telephone: 0161 921 2300
Ofsted focusAreas of expertise
Leadership and managementAcademies and academy transition; assessment; leadership of continuing professional development; school business management and financial management; leadership of curriculum
Pupil achievementArt; closing the gap; drama; design and technology; early years; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; maths; modern foreign languages; music; phonics; physical education; personal, social and health education; religious education; science; special educational needs; support for the most able pupils
Quality of teachingInitial teacher training and newly qualified teacher development
Behaviour and safetyBehaviour and discipline; attendance

How the programme works
Allocation to a teaching school allianceYou will need to identify your nearest teaching school alliance that is recruiting for your specialism. You can check this by contacting the teaching school directly, checking the school’s website or contacting your local teaching and leadership adviser.
Placements to support other schoolsEach placement will be designed to meet the needs of the supported school. They may involve coaching, mentoring or facilitation skills – there is no set method, but support will always focus on sustainable leadership development and school improvement. You will need to keep your allocated teaching school informed of progress regularly
Access to ongoing support and trainingYour teaching school will ensure that there is support available for you where required. Our team will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Additional opportunitiesAs well as supporting other schools, we expect that you will also be able to engage with other areas of work – for example, research activity on behalf of teaching schools or working with national policy makers in relation to particular specialisms.