Who can apply to be an SLE?

To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role below the level of headteacher for at least two years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.

You can be from any type or phase of school.

You don’t need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, but your school will need to have the capacity to release you to work in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the four areas of focus for Ofsted.


To be successful in your application, you should have:

  • a successful track record of working effectively within your own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school

  • evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • an understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this

  • an understanding of how your specialism and skills can contribute to wider school improvement goals

  • an analytical approach to identifying and prioritising needs

  • the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices

  • the ability to grow leadership capacity in others.

Applications are open now and close at 9am on Monday 25 May. Please note that training is TBC in the current circumstances.