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During its first year, 2011-12, just over 1,000 SLEs were designated and are currently being deployed. The aim is to recruit every year with an eventual total of 10,000 nationwide.  In order to achieve this aspirant SLEs undergo a rigorous application and interview process in order to ensure -

SLEs will:

  • be outstanding practitioners, with at least two year’s experience in a particular field of expertise
  • have a successful track record, supported by substantial impact evidence, of working effectively within their own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of staff within a single school
  • have a commitment to outreach work, and the capacity to undertake such work
  • have evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about improvement
  • be supported in their application by their headteacher and chair of governors, and be able to be released from their school for a mutually agreed allocation of time

SLEs will also have:

  • excellent communication skills, with the ability to work sensitively and collaboratively with peer colleagues
  • an understanding of what constitutes “outstanding” in their field of expertise and the ability and confidence to articulate this
  • an appreciation of how their specialism and skills can contribute to the wider school improvement agenda
  • an analytical approach in identifying the needs and ability to prioritise accordingly, including the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  •  the ability to grow and distribute leadership


Further information is available for aspirant SLEs 

For SLE application form click here