We have a full range of specialisms covered by the team of SLEs who all have a proven record in school to school support.

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.

The Schools White Paper introduced the concept of the SLE role, which will help to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children. This new designation recognises the important role that many senior and middle leaders play in supporting their peers to develop.

Initially there were 1,000 SLEs delegated within the development year (2011–12) and this built up to 5,000 by 2014–15. Eventially there will be 10,000 SLEs across the country. Teaching schools will have the role of designating SLEs and brokering their deployment into other schools.

Key points:

  • Whilst SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school, regardless of the school's Ofsted grade. However, the head and chair of governors must agree that the school has the capacity to release them.
  • SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria.
  • SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example a subject area, inclusion, literacy, early years, behaviour or school business management. A list of areas of expertise can be found on our website.
  • There is no pre-defined time commitment for SLE work because models and types of deployment will vary, but on average it will be around 15 days a year.
  • There are no plans to have a pay scale for SLEs, or a set payment rate for SLE time. Deployment may result in some funding for the SLE's school, although this will need to be agreed by the schools involved and by the appropriate teaching school alliance. Even if remuneration does not take the form of direct funding, it could involve an exchange of services that may help support or enhance an area of the SLE's school.

SLE Recruitment

sle application form.doc

sle application guidance.pdf

Current SLE's

Diana Ross

Assistant Headteacher of Alsop High School
Specialism - Assessments

Jean Jenkins

Head of RE at St John Bosco Arts College
Specialism - RE

Elizabeth McFadden

Specialism - Maths

Cathy Strode

English Teacher at St John Bosco Arts College
Specialism - English

Margaret O'Neill

Head of ICT at All Saints Catholic High School
Specialism - ICT

P Cunliffe

Maths Teacher at Albany Academy
Specialism - Maths

Specialist Leader of Education

If you would like to apply to be a Specialist Leader of Education please visit: www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege

Teaching School Contact Info

Mrs Jane Kennedy
Position : Teaching School Director
Phone : 0151 235 1620
Email : jane.kennedy@stjohnbosco.org.uk

Teaching School Contact Info

Mrs Mary Houghton
Position : Teaching School Manager
Phone : 0151 235 1620
Email : houghtonm@stjohnbosco.org.uk