An SLE is a middle or senior leader in a position below the head teacher with a particular area of expertise, who will support middle or senior leaders in other schools. Deployment is based on need and demand.
If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education.
There are currently over 3,800 specialist leaders of education.
Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of specialist leaders of education. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.
Who can apply
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.
If you are interested in becoming an SLE please contact Sally Kleijwegt, the Coastal Teaching School Alliance Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list for our next recruitment round.