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What is An sle? 

SLEs are a nationally accredited designation led by Teaching Schools and designated through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).  They are outstanding middle and senior leaders in positions with at least two year’s leadership experience.  They have a particular area of expertise (such as a subject area, early years, behaviour or school business management) and a successful track record of school improvement.

SLEs support leaders in other schools.  They have excellent interpersonal skills, are able to work sensitively and collaboratively with others and have a commitment to outreach work.  They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of specialism looks like and can help other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

The SLE role is about developing other middle and senior 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 peer coaching or facilitated group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as data analysis, coaching or joint action planning.

SLEs can come from any school or academy, including nursery, primary, secondary, special, pupil referral unit, independent or free school or sixth form college.  Whilst the individual must be outstanding, his or her school does not have to be.