Specialist Leaders of Education

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. To become an SLE, you will need to provide evidence that you understand what outstanding leadership practice in your area of expertise looks like and you know how to support other leaders to do the same in their own context.

Aspiring SLE 

For more information or to book a place please email pdo@endeavourlearning.org.

Recruitment Timeline



Application round opens

Monday, 9th December 2019

Application round closes

Friday, 10th January 2020

Applications are reviewed

Monday, 13th to Friday, 17th January 2020

Invitations to attend assessment day are circulated

Monday, 20th to Friday, 24th January 2020

Interview and assessments take place

Week commencing Monday, 27th January 2020

Outcomes are confirmed

Week commencing Monday, 3rd February 2020

SLE training



Teaching Schools are responsible for designating SLEs, brokering SLE deployments and providing ongoing support.

The SLE role is designed to help improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving the outcomes for children.

As an SLE, you will be deployed into schools to develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams using coaching and/or facilitation that draws on the knowledge and expertise in your specialist area. Your work will contribute to improving outcomes for students in other school settings.

We are recruiting SLEs to provide support to staff and teams in local schools and academies. We are passionate about supporting school improvement and broadening our network of shared expertise. 

How to apply?

Please read the accompanying guidance and complete the application form including your Headteachers reference and send to pdo@endeavourlearning.org by Friday, 10th January 2020


Key Area

Area of Expertise

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

  • Academies
  • Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • School business management and financial management
  • Leadership of curriculum

Outcomes for Pupils

  • Art
  • Closing the gap
  • Drama
  • Design and technology
  • Early years
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Maths
  • Modern foreign languages (MFL)
  • Music
  • Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
  • Phonics
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Science
  • Special educational needs (SEN)
  • Support for most able pupils
  • Religious Education (RE)

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development
  • Assessment

Behaviour and Safety

  • Behaviour and discipline
  • Attendance


Who is this programme for?

This programme is for teachers who have held a middle or senior leadership role in a school for at least two years and have a specialism that is included in the list above. See also SLE eligibility criteria and application guidance below.

What is involved?

Typically, SLEs will work with middle and senior leaders to:

  • carry out diagnostic visits
  • develop action plans, identifying key priorities and SMART targets
  • provide one-to-one or group support
  • offer coaching and mentoring support
  • provide access to resources and training.

The ultimate aim of SLEs will always be to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children through developing the capacity of peer leaders in other schools.


Once you have passed your application and have been successfully designated as an SLE, you will need to undertake the SLE Core Training. This is a required element of the designation, and all SLEs must do the core training before being deployed in their SLE role.

SLE Documents

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