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

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South Liverpool Schools Together

Specialist Leaders 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 Schools White Paper introduced the concept of the SLE role, which will help to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children. This new designation recognises the important role that many senior and middle leaders play in supporting their peers to develop.


  Key points:

  • Whilst SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school, regardless of the school's Ofsted grade. However, the head and chair of governors must agree that the school has the capacity to release them.
  • SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria.
  • SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example a subject area, Assessment; SEN; Literacy; Maths; Early Years; Language and Communication.
  • There is no pre-defined time commitment for SLE work because models and types of deployment will vary, but on average it will be around 15 days a year.
  • There are no plans to have a pay scale for SLEs, or a set payment rate for SLE time. Deployment may result in some funding for the SLE's school, although this will need to be agreed by the schools involved and by the appropriate teaching school alliance. Even if remuneration does not take the form of direct funding, it could involve an exchange of services that may help support or enhance an area of the SLE's school.

We have a full range of specialisms covered by the team of SLEs who all have a proven record in school to school support.



Local Leaders of Education (lle)

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.