Applying to become a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)
If you’re an experienced middle or senior leader who’s interested in supporting middle and senior leaders in other schools, you may wish to apply to become a specialist leader of education (SLE).
To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role other than headteacher for at least 2 years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you’re in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.
You can be from any type or phase of school.
You don’t need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, but your school will need to have the capacity to release you to work in other schools.
You must have at least 1 specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the areas of focus in the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (September 2016):
|Ofsted focus||Areas of expertise|
|Effectiveness of leadership and management||Academies; leadership of continuing professional development; school business management and financial management; leadership of curriculum|
|Outcomes for children and other learners||Art; closing the gap; drama; design and technology; early years; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; 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, learning and assessment||Initial teacher training; assessment|
|Personal development, behaviour and welfare||Behaviour and discipline; attendance|
To apply, complete the application form and return to the teaching school.