Specialist Leaders of Education
Specialist Leaders of Education (or SLEs) are recognised nationally as outstanding middle or senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams 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 contexts.
SLE support is brokered by Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance. Deployment arrangements will be agreed mutually be the SLE’s school and the school requiring support. Please email Clare Oberman, Teaching School Director CO@painsley.staffs.sch.uk for more information or ring 01538 493777
If you are interested in applying to become an SLE for the Teaching School Alliance, please contact us for more information. We also offer an introduction to SLE twilight CPD events for those wanting to explore this role. Please email Clare Oberman for more details of the next event.
We have SLEs in Maths, English, Pupil Premium, EYFS, Humanities, Science and Leadership of Learning and CPD.
Did you know?
- Whilst SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school, regardless of the school's OFSTED grade.
- SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria.
- SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example a subject area, early years, behaviour or school business management.
- SLEs are designated by Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance, which will also broker your development into other schools.
- The SLE role has a number of benefits including:
- offering credible peer support, rooted in current practice and drawing on real experience;
- the sharing and development of understanding, innovative practice;
- a collaborative, coaching approach which helps develop other leaders to ensure long term, sustainable improvement;
- a fresh perspective on specific challenges or issues, as well as specialist knowledge and expertise;
- the opportunity for leaders to learn about different school contexts and systems;
- contributing to continued professional development (CPD), enhancing leaders' knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of ways;
- supports OFSTED criteria for school outreach;
- develops the SLE in readiness for next steps in their career.