Specialist leaders of education

Are you an Outstanding Middle or Senior Leader?

We are looking for SLE’s for both Primary and Secondary phases The Duston Teaching school is looking to recruit new SLE’s for 2015-16.

About The Duston School Teaching School

The Teaching school opened in September 2015 and has supported both Primary and Secondary schools in Northamptonshire.

Application Process

If you would like to use your expertise to work with schools in the local area and have a proven track record of school improvement please complete the application form by clicking here or contact us for more information.

Specialist Leaders

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 local schools as well as those supported by The Duston School Teaching Alliance.

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. SLEs will develop the leadership capacity of others, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and expertise.

The Schools White Paper introduced the concept of the SLE role 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 designation recognises the important role that many senior and middle leaders play in supporting their peers to develop.

Key Points

  1. Whilst SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school, regardless of the school’s Ofsted grade.

  2. SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria.

  3. SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example a subject area, early years, behaviour or school business management.

  4. SLEs are designated by the The Duston Teaching School Alliance, which will also broker your deployment into other schools.

The SLE role has a number of benefits, including:

  1. offering credible peer support, rooted in current practice and drawing on real experience;

  2. the sharing and development of outstanding, innovative practice;

  3. a collaborative, coaching approach which helps develop other leaders to ensure long-term, sustainable improvement;

  4. a fresh perspective on specific challenges or issues, as well as specialist knowledge and expertise;

  5. the opportunity for leaders to learn about different school contexts and systems;

  6. contributing to continued professional development (CPD), enhancing leaders’ knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of ways

To apply to become an SLE with The Duston Teaching School Alliance or to find out more information, please click here.

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