George Spencer Teaching School Alliance

Apply to become an SLE

SLE Designation

Are you an outstanding middle or senior leader with at least two years’ experience? Do you have a successful track record of working effectively within your own school and/or across a group of schools? Are you able to give evidence of successfully using coaching and or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements?

An SLE is a middle or senior leader in a position below the head teacher with a particular area of expertise, who will support middle or senior leaders in other schools. Deployment is based on need and demand. Deployment types will vary.

There are many benefits for SLEs and their schools:

  • Opportunities to work independently, to be creative and try out new ideas.
  • Development of coaching and facilitation skills
  • Opportunity to network with peers Experience of different school environments
  • The chance to learn from ideas and approaches used in other schools
  • Development of skills and knowledge that can benefit their own school
  • The knowledge that they are helping others to improve and having a positive impact on outcomes for children

To find out more information about the role of a SLE please click here.

If you are interested in becoming an SLE, get in contact with the team on

We will next be recruiting in Autumn 2020.


SLE Recruitment Window 2020-2021

As a Teaching School, we are deeply committed to the power of shared learning, where schools working together can mobilise the skills and expertise to have impact on students in each of our settings. Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) have a powerful role as system leaders in promoting excellence in teaching beyond each of our school gates. We are excited to share that we are seeking to recruit SLEs and LLEs to help with school to school support. Please find further information below regarding the timelines and on the right, application forms for each role.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Teaching School Coordinator, Lisa Wilshere on

SLE Recruitment dates are as follows:

  • SLE Recruitment Round opens: Monday 19th October 2020
  • SLE Recruitment Round closes: 10am on 6th November 2020
  • SLE Interviews will take place on: 16th – 20th November 2020



  • Click here to download a flyer.
  • Click here to download an application form.
  • Click here to submit your application form.


Specialist Leaders of Education are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools through peer-to-peer learning. The role recognises that senior and middle leaders play an important role in improving schools and outcomes for children.

Whilst SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school regardless of the school’s Ofsted grade. If you are interested in applying, you will need to meet the criteria detailed on the DfE website for SLEs.

We want to encourage applicants with experience of leading change in their own school and who may have started supporting practitioners beyond their own school context. Applicants will be asked to share case studies of impact. Areas of suggested specialisms are listed below – we have highlighted those areas where we have a real interest in appointing SLEs.


Ofsted Focus

Areas of Expertise/Specialisms

Leadership and Management

Leadership of Curriculum, School Business Management and Financial Management, Pastoral Leadership, Assessment, Closing the Gap, SEND, Leadership of Continuing Professional Development.

Pupil Achievement

Geography, History, Art, Drama, Design andTechnology, Early Years, English, Computing, Maths, MFL, Music, Reading, Phonics, PE, RE, Science.

Quality of Teaching

ITT and NQT Development.

Behaviour, Safety and Well-being

Mental Health and Well-being, Behaviour and Discipline, Attendance.