Becoming a Specialist leader of education
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.
They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.
To become a specialist leader of education, you need to have been in a leadership role below the headteacher for at least 2 years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. 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, as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.
|Ofsted focus||Areas of expertise|
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; Computer Science; 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|
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
- 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
You can also provide supporting evidence gained from completing leadership development opportunities such as:
- the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership
- the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership
- the SSAT lead practitioner accreditation
There is no cost to apply. Successful applicants will be entitled to some training at no cost to their school. However, the school will have to pay for associated travel or supply cover for the training.
For more information click the link: https://www.gov.uk/specialist-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants
You must apply to teaching school alliances who are recruiting in this application round. Each teaching school has identified the priorities within their alliance or area and is recruiting SLEs in accordance with their needs.
You can apply to any recruiting teaching school alliance, but we recommend that you apply to one that has the priorities that match your specialism(s).
You’ll need to contact the teaching school you’re interested in to obtain their recruitment priorities. All contact details for recruiting teaching schools will be available when the application round opens.
You’ll also need to consider location, so that you’re close enough to any placements that the teaching school alliance assigns to you. If you would like to know more about a teaching school alliance, we recommended that you contact them to discuss your situation and opportunities before applying.
Our Next recruitment round opens on the 17th June
Aspiring SLE training-13th June