Specialist Leaders in Education – Background
The role of Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) is to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning. Building on the success of the work of National Leaders in Education (NLEs) and Local Leaders in Education (LLEs) this third tier of school to school support has been developed to support middle leaders with a specific focus of need.
The Role and Work of an SLE
Specialist leaders of education are outstanding, experienced 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 helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.
SLEs will be the drivers of school-to-school support.
They will develop the leadership capacity of others, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and particular area of expertise.
Although supporting other schools will be a key focus, SLEs also engage with other areas of work within the Alliance. This include:
• Undertaking research activity on behalf of the Alliance
• The development and delivery of CPD to be delivered to Alliance members and beyond
• Quality assurance of school centred Initial Teaching Training provision within the Alliance
• Working alongside a newly appointed leader as a mentor / coach in the form of an induction package.