SLE Application Round Open

nvThe Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance are looking to recruit new Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in the May 2014 application round.


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 helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

Who can apply?

You need to be an outstanding middle or senior school leader with a particular area of expertise and the capacity, skills and commitment to support others in similar positions in other schools.

What’s involved?

SLEs will develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams in other schools, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area.

Why should I apply?

You will use your skills to help other middle leaders develop their leadership skills. It serves as recognition of your skills and is a natural step towards senior leadership as you will be able to evidence the impact you have made in improving an individual or department.


There is no pre-defined time commitment for SLE work as models and types of deployment vary according to need and capacity. Designation is for four years, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, after which you will be subject to a review of designation by the Alliance.


There is no cost to apply. Successful applicants will be entitled to some training through the National College for Teaching and Learning at no cost to their school.

“Being an SLE enables you to have a more varied job working in different schools with an active role in sharing and promoting good practice.  It challenges what you perceive as the norm to enable you to see where change and innovation is appropriate in different settings.”  Neil Vincent Head of Mathematics, The Woodroffe School, SLE Leadership of Curriculum and pupil achievement Maths

Click here for information on the specialisms required and how to apply.