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The SLE recruitment window is now closed. 




Barbara Rogers CBE (National Leader of Education)

Visit the link below to read an article on Barbara Rogers where she shares her experiences of supporting other schools in the North West and how to achieve those light bulb moments:


National Leaders of Education

National leaders of education (NLEs) are strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most.

If you meet the current eligibility criteria you might want to apply to become a national leader of education. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) uses a sophisticated and balanced approach to designating system leaders – one which relies less heavily on Ofsted judgements and more on timely and accurate data, and the skills and track record of those applying.

This approach will help to ensure that more effective school leaders and schools are able to provide high-quality support, in areas of the country where it is needed most.

What an NLE does?

NLEs usually work with schools identified as being in need of significant improvement by the Department for Education, Ofsted, a teaching school, a regional schools commissioner, local authority or diocese.

Your work would be tailored to the needs of the supported school. You can get involved in different ways, including:

working alongside their staffworking aloneyour staff providing support under your initial direction

We maintain a school-to-school support directory for people looking to commission the services of NLEs and other system leaders. You would negotiate a deal to provide your services with the relevant local authority, school or other organisation.

National Leaders of Education: A guide for potential applicants (see the link below)



Local Leaders of Education

The Teaching School are pleased to announce that we have just recruited 9 Local Leaders of Education from across Salford, Blackburn, Lancashire, Rochdale and Oldham.

Local Leaders of Education (LLE) are successful Headteachers with a proven track record of supporting other schools, and with the capacity to work alongside other heads, to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained. Local Leaders of Education provide a range of school-to-school support and coaching and mentoring for head teachers.

We have a bank of Local Leaders of Education with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

If you would like more information on the LLE application or if you require LLE support, please contact:



Specialist Leader of Education

SLE Recruitment – if you would like further information, please contact Tracey Withers on tracey.withers@salford.gov.uk

If you’re an experienced middle or senior leader who’s interested in supporting middle and senior leaders in other schools, you may wish to apply to become a specialist leader of education (SLE).

Teaching schools and system leaders support the Department for Education’s goal to provide every child and young person with access to high-quality provision, achieving to the best of their ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.

Please using our application form on the right hand side of this page.

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. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.
  • You can be from 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 our areas of expertise, which are based on the areas of focus in the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (September 2016):

Ofsted focus:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management.
  • Outcomes for children and other learners.
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare.

Areas of expertise:

  • Academies; leadership of continuing professional development; school business management and financial management; leadership of curriculum.
  • Art; 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.
  • Initial teacher training; assessment.
  • Behaviour and discipline; attendance

To be successful in your application, you should have:

  • a successful track record of working effectively within your own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school
  • evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • a good understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
  • a good understanding of how your specialism and skills can contribute to wider school improvement goals
  • an analytical approach in identifying and prioritising needsthe ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  • the ability to grow leadership capacity in others

You can also provide supporting evidence gained from completing leadership development opportunities such as:

There is no limit on the number of times you can apply. There is no cost to apply. You can apply to multiple teaching schools, but can only accept designation from one.

What an SLE does?

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

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

Time commitment:

The role lasts for 4 years, at which time there’ll be a review. 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.


Discussions on payment for SLE support will be held at a local level between the teaching school, the supported school, the SLE and SLE’s home school.


There are 2 situations where you have the right to appeal:

if your initial application is not successfulif you become an SLE and, when reviewed, are judged to no longer meet the criteria

To make an appeal you should:

  • read the SLE appeals procedure
  • request an appeals form from the relevant teaching school
  • submit the form to the teaching school within 10 working days of receiving the outcome you’re appealing (if the outcome is received at the end of term, this period will transfer to the following term)

We encourage you to try to reach an informal resolution with the teaching school before making a formal appeal.

SLE Training:

St Patrick’s Teaching School will provide training to all newly recruited SLEs and there will also be additional annual briefing sessions.


Evidence Lead in Education


ELEs are experts in using research and evidence to inform practice in the classroom, and combine their knowledge, interpersonal skills, and coaching skills to help to make evidence-based practice a reality in as many schools as possible.

Evidence Lead in Education – K O’Leary

Education Endowment Foundation


Manchester Communication Research School



Ofsted focus and Areas of expertise:
Leadership and Management:

Academies and academy transition
Leadership of continuing professional development
School business management
Financial management
Leadership of curriculum
Pupil Achievement:

Closing the gap
Design and Technology
Early years
Information and Communication Technology
Physical Education
Personal, Social and Health Education
Religious Education
Special educational needs
Support for the most able pupils
Quality of Teaching:

Initial Teacher Training
Newly Qualified Teacher development
Behaviour and Safety:

Behaviour and discipline

How the programme works

Allocation to a teaching school alliance - you 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 schools - each 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 on-going support and training - your 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 opportunities - as 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.

Contact Us

St Patrick's RC High School
56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ