Specialist Leaders of Education

Teaching schools and system leaders support the Department for Education’s goal to provide every child and young person with access to high-quality provision, achieving to the best of their ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles focus specifically on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing the capacity and capability of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.
Our SLEs are specialists in the field of behaviour support, mental health and leadership development. They are established leaders with experience of developing excellent strategy for positive behaviour and developing learner wellbeing.

This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • • Data analysis
  • • Coaching
  • • Facilitating and training
  • • Joint action planning
  • • Subject networks
  • • School reviews
  • • Behaviour reviews

Could your school benefit from SLE support?

We have a number of highly experienced SLEs who could be of support to you with behaviour, attendance, safeguarding, leadership systems and mental health.  Please view our SLE Booklet for more details on our SLEs and their areas of expertise.

If your school requires the support of one of our SLEs please contact Jenny Appleton, Head of Teaching School to discuss your needs


Apply to become an SLE

We are recruiting! If you have a proven track record in improving outcomes in whole-school behaviour, mental-health, safeguarding or leadership, we would welcome an application from you. Internal and external applications are more than welcome.

Please for a further discussion and application form. If shortlisted, there will be a formal interview/presentation.