Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance

Specialist leaders in education (SLEs)

SLEs an important role in delivering the TTA’s vision.

An SLE is an experienced middle or senior leader who supports other leaders in partner schools.  There are currently over 3,800 specialist leaders of education across England and Wales, with the goal being 5,000 by March 2015.

Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of specialist leaders of education. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

The partnership aims to :

  • Use SLEs as a key tool in raising standards across the partnership
  • Broker deployment of SLEs as part of school improvement
  • Support key middle leaders who are selected (or who aspire to be selected) as SLEs
  • Monitor, support and quality control SLEs in their work within schools

Who can apply?

To become a specialist leader of education, you need to have been in a senior or middle leadership role below the headteacher for at least 2 years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.  You can be from any type or phase of school.

You do not need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.

See https://www.gov.uk/specialist-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants for more details