We are delighted to announce that the Autumn 2017 SLE recruitment process opens on Friday 29th June 2017 


The timeline for the recruitment of SLEs to our team in 2017 is below



              FRIDAY 29th JUNE 2017








             THURSDAY 5th OCTOBER                             FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER 


 W/B     MONDAY 9thOCTOBER 2017  


             FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2017

Application forms and guidance are available to download below

Applications should be submitted by no later than 4pm on Friday 8thSeptember to:

                        Mrs Vicky Atherton at


Are you interested in becoming an 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).

What does an SLE do?

SLEs focus on 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.

This may include:

  • data analysis
  • coaching
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning

To consider applying to become an SLE, you should:

  • read the eligibility criteria contained in the useful documents section below carefully
  • check to see if an appropriate recruitment window is open on the website below
  • complete the application form provided
  • gain a supporting reference from your current headteacher

Useful documents:

Application form:

Click here for an Application Form (Word Version)

Click here for an Application Form (PDF Version)


To be successful in your application, you should have:

  • a successful track record of working effectively within your own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school
  • evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • a good understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
  • a good understanding of how your specialism and skills can contribute to wider school improvement goals
  • an analytical approach in identifying and prioritising needs
  • the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  • the ability to grow leadership capacity in others


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