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1. What do Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) do?

SLEs act as system leaders, supporting individual leaders and teams in other schools by using a high level coaching or facilitation approach that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area. This may involve a wide variety of support approaches, including diagnostic models, observations or one-to-one or facilitated group support. Regardless of the type of support model delivered, the ultimate aim of SLEs is always to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children through developing the capacity of peer leaders in other schools. SLEs support high quality professional development of leaders. They also play a key role in the development of the self-improving, school led system through school-to-school support and by identifying outstanding future leaders.

2. How does someone become an SLE?

Before beginning an application, individuals must find their nearest or most appropriate teaching school that has the responsibility for recruiting and designating SLEs. Teaching schools will have identified their priorities based on local intelligence and the needs of their alliance and area, and will recruit SLEs according to them. Individuals will be required to complete a two-part application through the College website which will then be passed onto the identified teaching school. Applications are reviewed against the agreed SLE designation criteria. It is strongly recommended that application guidance is read before applying.