Andrea Dearden, c/o Palmerston School, Minehead Road, Liverpool. L17 6AU.

0151 428 2128

South Liverpool Schools Together

Recruiting Leaders of Education



 Please see here the recent advertisement for a new LLE position being recruited through i2i Teaching School in partnership with School Improvement Liverpool (SiL).   Details of the application process are included in the link below.

Closing Date: Friday 21st September 2018
Interview Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018
2nd Interview Date: Thursday 18th October 2018



 Please see below the link for the pen portrait for the newly recruited SLE for Maths - Matthew Bland

Pen Portait M. Bland 2018.docx



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.

Please download:

Specialist leaders of education Prospectus

Stepping up to SLE Flyer

Stepping up to SLE Course Information

1 SLE Fact Sheet

2 SLE Expectations and overview

3 SLE Application and reference form

4 SLE Guidance for Applicants

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.