Specialist Leaders of Education

Our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills, knowledge and experience to support individuals or teams in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and they can help others to achieve it in their own setting.

If your school requires the support of an SLE Aspire Teaching School will help broker the support you need.   SLEs can be requested by name or we can advise who is best suited for your school. 

SLEs are able to deliver a range of support activities; school to school support work, delivering professional development, audits, diagnostics, working one on one with staff or with small teams.  You discuss your needs with us and we can recommend a bespoke package to meet those needs.  SLE deployments may also be requested by the Local Authority to ensure improvements identified by Ofsted are met.  The length of each deployment will depend on the needs of the school.

Our SLEs can offer a wide range of expertise and support for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.  They come from a variety of schools across the Wakefield and Kirklees districts and specialise in a variety of areas ranging from Phonics, Literacy and Numeracy to School Business Management  For details of our SLEs please see the School to School Support Menu.

Quality Assurance 

Aspire Teaching School will liaise closely with the school requesting the deployment of an SLE to ensure all agreed outcomes at the start of the deployment have been satisfactorily achieved.  A brokerage contract will be completed to outline specifically what the area of focus is, the agreed timescale of the deployment, funding agreement and impact measures to ensure improved outcomes for children.

Interested in becoming an SLE?

Teaching schools are not only responsible for the brokering, deployment and quality assurance of SLEs but also their the recruitment and designation. This involves:

  • Identifying priorities within our alliance - prioritising, marketing and advertising details of SLE.

  • Setting up a panel of headteachers and Local Authority representatives to review applications and assess SLE applicants through face-to-face activities.

  • Notify the College of designations and confirm outcomes to applicants.

  • Work with lead training schools to register SLEs onto training.

  • Broker SLE support within their alliance.

  • Deploying SLEs and monitoring their deployments.

 Details of how to apply to become an SLE can be found here.