The Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) in our Alliance have at least one specialism from areas of expertise based on the four areas of focus for Ofsted.
|OFSTED focus||Areas of expertise|
|Leadership and management||Academies and academy transition; assessment; leadership of continuing professional development; school business management and financial management; leadership of curriculum|
|Pupil achievement||Art; closing the gap; drama; design and technology; early years; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; maths; modern foreign languages; music; phonics; physical education; personal, social and health education; religious education; science; special educational needs; support for the most able pupils|
|Quality of teaching||Initial teacher training and newly qualified teacher development|
|Behaviour and safety||Behaviour and discipline; attendance|
Specialist leaders of education focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as data analysis, coaching, facilitation and training, joint action planning.
There are currently over 3,800 specialist leaders of education nationally. Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of specialist leaders of education. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.
To become a specialist leader of education, you need to have been in a leadership role below the headteacher for at least two years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.
You can be from any type or phase of school. You do not need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work in other schools. Full training and support is provided by the Teaching School.
To be successful in your application, you should have: