Recruiting Leaders of Education
The designation of specialist leader of education (SLE) was introduced in the Department for Education (DfE)’s 2010 Schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, which outlines the government’s plans to raise standards and improve the quality of teaching and school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning.
Creating this new designation recognises the important role that many senior and middle leaders play in school improvement.
Aspects of the concept have already been tested in an SLE pilot and other work involving middle and senior leaders in London, Greater Manchester and the Black Country. In each of these areas, middle and senior leaders were deployed to support other schools as part of the former Leadership Strategy programme. On our SLE webpages we have published a document that covers lessons learned from the pilot.
The idea also draws on other successful examples of deploying middle and senior leaders, for example in many national support schools (NSS) where leaders at all levels have supported staff and teams in other schools. The DfE has remitted the National College to work with teaching schools to roll out SLEs as a nationwide programme, starting with a development year (2011-12) in which aspects of the initiative will be further tested and reviewed.
5 SLE Guidance for referees
Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)
Aiming for Outstanding
Local Leaders of Education (LLE) programme linked to Teaching Schools aims to develop and
improve schools within local areas by deploying experienced Headteachers to work as
coaches and mentors to other Headteachers.
Typical activities include:
- negotiating objectives for improvement
- coaching and mentoring the Headteacher to develop skills, judgement and professional effectiveness
- supporting or arranging coaching or training for staff in the supported school
Each placement is negotiated separately with the relevant local authority, teaching school, or other organisation.
Schools that are a priority for support are those where:
- attainment is below the minimum standards
- the school is considered to be vulnerable
- a new, first-time Headteacher has been appointed
- Support must be focused on: school improvement
Individual placements can vary by intensity and length, but there must be an agreed end point.
A placement could last from 6 months to 3 years. During that time, LLE’s spend between half a day and 1 day a week working with the supported school. Some of the contracted days can be supported by other members of staff in that school that have specialisms in the subject that you require support with. For example, the deputy Headteacher could be asked to work with the partner school’s deputy. Please contact us vis the telephone or website for more information.