SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education) are outstanding middle or senior leaders working with other schools as well as their own. They have a successful track record supported by substantial evidence of impact and have excellent coaching and facilitation skills.
The role of the SLE is to:
SLEs can come from any school, not just an outstanding school. They must have demonstrated outstanding practice and excellent knowledge in their specialist area.
SLEs are deployed through a teaching Schools Alliance. Schools, Local Authorities, Diocesan Bodies, Academy Trusts and the Department of Education can commission SLEs to undertake directed work to support others. SLEs may be asked to complete a minimum of 15 days support for other schools each year. Models of deployment vary depending on need, for example, a 2-day diagnostic exercise; half day support for 2 terms, etc.
Teaching Schools are responsible for the quality assurance of SLEs and will need to demonstrate the impact of developments on outcomes for children. For each deployment, a scope of work, objectives and impact measures will be agreed between the SLE, the supported school and the Teaching School Alliance.
School-to-school support enables the sharing and development of outstanding innovative practice, which can benefit both schools in a partnership. The National Leaders of Education (NLE) and the Local Leaders of Education (LLE) programmes have shown that undertaking outreach work can further improve an individuals ability to undertake their current role in their school.
SLE support is brokered by teaching school. If you would like to commission SLE support you will need to contact a teaching school directly.