The St. Andrew’s Teaching School Alliance is committed to school improvement. We lead the co-ordination of school to school support and identify priorities in our locality, supporting those schools with an identified need.

Our alliance has head teachers who are National Leaders of Education (NLEs) and 4 Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) covering a range of areas of specialism including English, EYFS and phonics.

National Leaders of Education

National Leaders of Education are outstanding headteachers who use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

NLEs can be deployed in a number of ways and each deployment can be tailored to suit the needs of the school receiving support. NLEs are expected to support schools in the most challenging circumstances such as those in an Ofsted category, facing closure or amalgamation or falling below the floor standards.
You should contact an NLE if you want to improve performance at your school. They will meet with the head teacher and senior staff from your school to discuss the challenges you face and what help is needed. Their work will be tailored in partnership with you.
They can get involved in different ways, including:
  • working with your school alongside their staff
  • working with your school on their own
  • their staff working with your school under their initial direction

Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education are outstanding middle and senior leaders with at least 2 years’ leadership experience in a particular specialism. SLEs can be used to deliver professional development or to work alongside specific teachers or teams within a school to bring about school improvement.

While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.
You should contact an SLE if you want to improve the leadership in a specific subject or specialist area in your school.

As lead school in the alliance, St. Andrew’s will recruit and manage the deployment of SLEs.

Please contact us for more information on how our alliance could support you.

Applying to become a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)

If you are an experienced middle or senior leader interested in supporting other schools, you may want to apply to be a Specalist Leader of Education within our teaching school alliance. Please contact us to discuss.

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