Become a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)

Specialist leaders of education (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.

The creation of the SLE role is to help raise standards and improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning. This new designation recognises the important role that senior and middle leaders play in improving schools and outcomes for children.

Click here to find Specialist Leaders of Education working for Kyra Teaching School Alliance in Lincolnshire.

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.The work will contribute to improving outcomes for children, with priority likely to be given to supporting the needs of underperforming and challenged schools.


There is no cost to apply. Successful applicants will be entitled to some training at no cost to their school. However, we are unable to cover the costs of associated travel or supply cover.

The application window for SLEs with specialisms in the areas of English, Maths, EYFS and Key Stage 1 is now open. 

 For an application form, please email

 The closing date for applications is 9th June 2017.