Become A Specialist Leader Of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are recruited by Teaching Schools to support individual leaders and teams in other schools by using a high level of coaching or facilitation that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area. Support approaches may include diagnostic models, one-to-one support, or group facilitated support. 

Application dates

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Interview dates


How to apply

Please email for an application form.

Application Process

Who can apply



To apply to become an SLE, all applicants should have:

  • At least 2 years’ experience as an outstanding middle or senior leader in their own school
  • At least 2 years’ experience and a first class knowledge in a particular field of expertise
  • A successful track record, supported by substantial impact evidence, of working effectively in within their own school or across a group of schools
  • Evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements
  • Have the recommendation and support of their Headteacher


SLEs will be expected to have:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to utilise high levels of emotional intelligence to work sensitively and collaboratively with peer colleagues
  • An understanding of what constitutes 'outstanding' in their field of expertise and the ability and confidence to articulate this
  • An appreciation of how their specialism and skills can contribute to the wider school improvement agenda
  • An analytical approach in identifying the needs and ability to prioritise accordingly, including the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  • The ability to grow leadership capacity in others

SLEs will also be required to attend compulsory core training once they have been designated. 

For more information, please contact the Teaching School.

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