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How do you become an SLE
Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools
Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of SLEs. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.
If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE).
To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role for at least 2 years. Your Headteacher will advise. You can be from any type or phase of school. Your school does not need to be part of the alliance.
Look at the range of priorities/needs which you may be interested in.
You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.
Leadership and management
Academies and academy transition; assessment; 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
Quality of teaching
Initial teacher training and newly qualified teacher development
Behaviour and safety
Behaviour and discipline; attendance
What kind of expertise should applicants have experience of?
- 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
- an understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
- an understanding of how your specialism and skills can contribute to wider school improvement goals
- an analytical approach in identifying and prioritising needs
- the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
- the ability to grow leadership capacity in others
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