Apply to be an SLE

What an SLE does

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles focus specifically on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing the capacity and capability of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • data analysis
  • coaching
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning

If selected, you’ll be expected to provide evidence that your work has had a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people by developing leadership capacity in other schools.

Designation Criteria: 

To become a specialist leader of education (SLE), you will need to hold a middle or senior leadership role in a school and have a specialism that is included in our list of areas of expertise. SLEs will need to meet strict designation criteria.

SLE designation is open to qualified teachers from nursery schools, primary, middle, secondary, all-through and special schools, pupil referral units and short-stay schools, faith schools, independent schools, academies, chains and free schools or sixth form colleges.