Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)

Expertise that Expands

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles focus specifically on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing the capacity and capability of leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. Our team of SLE’s are all experienced teachers and leaders who have the capacity to offer bespoke training shaped according to your requirements.

What support can an SLE offer my school?

Our current range of specialisms include:

  • Improving teaching and learning
  • Outstanding teaching & learning
  • Specialist EYFS support
  • NQT and ITT induction
  • CPD leadership
  • Closing the Gap
  • Subject leadership across a range of subjects in Primary and Secondary
  • Leadership and Management including – Behaviour & Attendance

If you are interested in training that can develop capacity within your school but have requirements other than those specialisms listed above, please do not hesitate to get in touch:


0121 705 5100

Practicalities of deployment – Support Packages

Bespoke packages are created dependent on a school’s requirements. In its simplest form a package can involve an SLE visit to carry out a departmental review followed by a final guidance report identifying both areas of strength and areas for development.

Applying for SLE Status

Are you a middle or senior leader with at least two years’ experience?

Would you like to be part of the system leadership support network in the West Midlands?

Do you have the skills to work beyond your own school to support teachers and leaders in their own settings?

If so – consider applying for SLE status through Tudor Grange Teaching School!

SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders, with at least two years’ leadership experience. They have a particular area of expertise and a successful track record of school improvement.

SLEs have excellent interpersonal skills, are able to work sensitively and collaboratively with others and have a commitment to working beyond their own school. 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. SLEs develop 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.

For further details on becoming an SLE please contact us on:


0121 705 5100

to ask for an application pack.

A number of application rounds are held across the year.

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