Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders with a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues in similar positions in other schools.

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity and improving the capability of 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
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning

Sigma has a team of outstanding SLEs, experienced at working with other professionals in a supportive and collaborative style which delivers high levels of impact. Our SLE’s meet regularly to share their experiences of deployment.

If selected, you’ll be expected to provide evidence that your work has had a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people by developing leadership capacity in other schools.

To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role other than Headteacher for at least 2 years. Your Headteacher will be asked to confirm that you’re in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.

You can be from any type or phase of school.

You don’t need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, but your school will need to have the capacity to release you to work in other schools.

You must have at least 1 specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the areas of focus in the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (August, 2015):

More information can be found here or by contacting Fritz Penn-Barwell at Sigma Teaching School.