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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 working alongside colleagues to achieve it.

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.

Nationally, there have been 1,000 SLEs delegated within the development year (2011–12) and this will increase to 5,000 by 2014–15 with an eventual total of 10,000 nationwide. Teaching schools will have the role of designating SLEs and brokering their deployment into other schools.

We have successfully appointed a range of Specialist Leaders of Education who are available for deployment. We have a full range of specialisms covered by the team of SLEs who all have a proven record in school to school support.

To find out more about the SLE role or how to apply click here.

To find out more about Ladywood Teaching School’s SLEs experiences and areas of specialism please see individual profiles.  ​




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