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SLE Application for 2015-16

The Compton-Barnet Teaching School Alliance is not recruiting SLEs for 2015-16

The information shown below is from 2014-15 and is intended to inform future potential applicants to the role of SLE as part of The Compton-Barnet Teaching School Alliance or as part of another Teaching School Alliance

Previously issued guidance – for illustrative purposes only

If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE).

There are currently just fewer than 5,000 SLEs.

Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of SLEs. 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 Compton-Barnet Teaching School Alliance is looking for specialists with a proven track record in leadership and working with staff beyond their own school.  To meet local and regional demand, we have prioritized the following areas for recruitment in 2014-15 and are looking to designate one SLE in each of these areas

• History
• Maths
• SEND (Primary)
• Literacy – Primary
• Numeracy – Primary


• To become an SLE, you need to have been in a 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 don’t 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 will also need to consider location, ensuring that you are geographically close enough to undertake any deployments that the Compton-Barnet Teaching School Alliance may wish to assign to you.

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
• An understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
• An 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

You can also provide supporting evidence gained from completing leadership development opportunities such as:

• The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership
• The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership
• The SSAT lead practitioner accreditation
There is no cost to apply. Successful applicants will be entitled to some training at no cost to their school. However, the school will have to pay for associated travel or supply cover.

Dates for the 2014-15 application round (timescale is illustrative)



Application round opens

1 October 2014

Application round closes

23 October 2014

Assessment and interviews

24 October to 28 November 2014

Submission of recommendations and validation

28 November 2014

Notification of outcome

13 December 2014


December 2014 to March 2015

What an SLE does

Specialist leaders of education focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

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

If selected, you will be expected to provide evidence that your work has had a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people by developing leadership capacity in other schools.

Read case studies that give examples of the type of work being done by SLEs.

Time commitment

The role lasts for 4 years, at which time there will be a review. The types of placements will vary. For example, one might be a 2 day diagnostic exercise, while another might require a 3 month, full time support role. Time may be taken as a block of consecutive days or spread over a longer period.
There is no minimum or maximum time commitment. You and your school will need to think carefully about capacity and negotiate your availability together.


There may be payment for specific placements, either from schools receiving support or from other organisations using your services, to help reimburse your school or pay for supply cover. Any payment will be agreed and managed by the headteachers and governors of the schools concerned, in line with statutory guidance.  Typically, the rate paid to a school for SLE deployment is £350 a day (plus travel costs if appropriate). Where the Teaching School is involved in brokering an extended SLE placement, the Teaching School will charge a 10% commission fee


Before applying it is essential that you read and discuss the following key documents with your headteacher

• SLE application guidance (PDF, 219KB, 8 pages).
• SLE guidance for referees (PDF, 222KB, 2 pages).
• SLE sample application (PDF, 226KB, 8 pages).

For more in-depth info, see also

Application form

When you have read through the appropriate guidance, please complete the application form shown in the Documents section and send to:

If you would to discuss your situation informally before applying, please contact Mick on 0208 216 8071