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Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are a recent designation which acknowledges the important role of senior and middle leaders in supporting the development of their peers.


  • are outstanding in a particular area, for example:
    • Core Subject delivery
    • a subject specialism
    • data for achievement
    • Primary leadership
    • inclusion
    • ITT mentoring
    • performance management
    • behaviour
    • school business management
  • will develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams in other schools using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and specialist expertise. The work will contribute to improving outcomes for children, with priority likley to be given to supporting the needs of underperforming and challenged schools.