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What are SLEs

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are colleagues who know what outstanding leadership, teaching and impact in their area of expertise looks like. They are senior or middle leaders. They are highly skilled in mentoring, coaching, supporting, leading and developing others to achieve this in their own context.

They have:

  • first class knowledge in their area of expertise
  • a minimum of two years' experience in a significant leadership role
  • a successful track record supported by substantial evidence of impact and sustainable improvements
  • the support of their headteacher and chair of governors to be released for a mutually agreed allocation of time each year.

Why would I need SLEs, and what will they do for my school?

They are:

  • quality assured as outstanding through an independent panel of heads and senior leaders
  • excellent communicators
  • sensitive, innovative, proactive and collaborative
  • analytical in identifying needs, and are able to prioritise accordingly
  • able to grow leadership in others
  • able to impact on attainment and achievement in your school by sharing resources; modelling, coaching and supporting your staff and teams
  • accountable for their practice to the Thames Teaching Alliance
  • brokered through GLP and/or Local Authority School Improvement Officer.

What are SLEs available to do?

They can:

  • come to your school or invite you into theirs
  • work with colleagues in your school
  • share their resources
  • draw up action plans
  • model best practice in the classroom
  • coach and mentor colleagues
  • develop staff and teams
  • observe lessons
  • monitor and evaluate learning
  • lead CPD
  • lead meetings
  • lead individuals, groups, or all staff.

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