How to Apply


To apply to become an SLE, you need:

Complete the application form below and email it through to:

SLE Application form can be downloaded here


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
  • the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  • a good understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your field of expertise and
  • the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  • a good understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your fields 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 needs
  • the ability to grow leadership capacity in others

 You can also provide supporting evidence gained from completing leadership development opportunities.

Please contact us if you would like further information.

Excellent Leaders – We Need You!

If you are an experienced middle or senior leader, with a track record of excellence, who is 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 educational excellence everywhere so that every child and young person can access high quality provision, achieving to the best of their ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.

Who can apply?

To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role other than Head teacher for at least two years. Your Head teacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role with the expected experience. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply. You can be from any type or phase of school. You do not 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 of expertise, which are based on the areas of focus in the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (August, 2015).

For more information


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