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Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding Middle and Senior leaders (including Assistant Headteachers, Subject Leaders or School Business Managers) with at least 2 years’ experience in a particular field of expertise. SLEs have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools, or to develop and deliver training on behalf of a Teaching School Alliance. 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, for example through data analysis, coaching or joint action planning.

Teaching schools are responsible for the recruitment, assessment, designation, brokerage and quality assurance of SLEs. The SLE’s school will receive reimbursement for the SLE’s time out of school.

What are the benefits of being a SLE?

  • Receive training in how to coach and support other leaders
  • Become part of a network of outstanding leaders
  • Opportunities to work independently, to be creative and try out new ideas
  • Moral purpose: showing commitment to improving outcomes for all children
  • Develop and share your expertise; and at the same time learn from effective practice in other schools
  • Development of skills and knowledge that can benefit their own school.

SLE specialisms can range from expert subject knowledge to whole-school strands such as SEND, attendance or business management.

SLEs are at the heart of the principle of a teaching school alliance – leaders who share knowledge and best practice to help other teachers and schools improve.

Linwood TSA is building a bank of SLEs with expertise and experience across all aspects of SEND.


We continue to develop a bank of SLEs for Vulnerable Learners, particularly those with SEND leadership experience in Primary SEND Co-ordination, Secondary SEND Co-ordination , ASD, SEND in Early Years, and Speech, Language & Communication (SLCN), although we would welcome applicants with other areas of SEND experience.

We are also seeking experienced teachers with a proven track record in improving progress and standards of both teaching and achievement to support school improvement.

All applicants are welcome to discuss the role with Steve Mason before submitting your application….. we recommend you read our SLE guidance: ltsa-sle-application-guidance

More details available at: https://www.gov.uk/specialist-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants

We would be pleased to receive your application at any time, and wil hold recruitment events throughout the year.... please download: sle_application_form

Linwood TSA Specialist Leaders of Education