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Specialist Leader of Education (SLEs)
 
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 schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practise in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it.
 
 The Schools White Paper introduced the concept of the SLE role, which will help 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 new designation recognises the important role that many senior and middle leaders play in supporting their peers to develop.
 
Nationally there has been 1,000 SLEs delegated within the development year (2011-12) and this will build up to 5,000 by 2014-15 with an eventual total of 10,000 nationwide. Teaching schools will have the role of designating SLEs and brokering their deployment into other schools.
 
 
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. However the head and chair of governors must agree that the school has the capacity to release them.
2. SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria.
3. SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example a subject area, inlusion, literacy, early years, behaviour or school business managment.
4. There is no pre-defined time commitment for SLE work because models and types of deployment will vary, 
but on average it will be around 15 days a year.
 
Teaching Schools have the role of recruiting, designating and deploying SLEs. We currently have 9 SLEs, who are able to offer support  to other schools at a rate of £357 per day.
 
We have a full range of specialisms covered by the team of SLEs who all have a proven record in school to school support.
 
 
 

To find out more about their experiences and areas of specialism please click on the SLE’s name.

Name

School

Phase

Area of Expertise

Gillian Houghton

Ladywood School

Special

Leadership, Early Years, SEN, Curriculum Development,

T/L, Curriculum Development

Joanne Grundy

The Oaks Primary School

Primary

Mathematics, Curriculum Development

Katie Jones

SS Simon & Jude

Primary

ARR, English, T&L

Elaine Davies

SS Simon & Jude

Primary

SEN

Liz Peacock

SS Simon & Jude

Primary

Leadership, ARR, T&L, ITT

Janet Kelly

SS Simon & Jude

Primary

Early Years

Tracy Tyrell

Rivington & Blackrod

Secondary

CPD, Leadership, ARR, English, Most Able,

T&L, ITT

Michelle Yates

Westhoughton High School

Secondary

CPD, Leadership, ARR, Science, T&L, ITT

David Waugh

Rivington & Blackrod

Secondary

Leadership, ARR, ST&L, ITT

 
 
 
To find our more about the SLE role or how to apply, see www.nationalcollege.org.uk/sle
 
If you are interested in finding out more about how one of our SLEs can support you please contact us at teachingschool@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk 
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