No one school is the same. Each have their unique strengths and distinct challenges. In order to ensure we are able to cater to the needs of our schools, we are always looking to extend and broaden our network of shared expertise and SLEs.
SLE designation offers middle and senior leaders the opportunity to:
To become a SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role below the headteacher for at least 2 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 must have at least 1 specialism from the areas listed in the table below.
You will need to provide evidence that you understand what outstanding leadership practice in your area of expertise looks like and you know how to support other leaders to do the same in their own context.
You do not need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work in other schools.
To be successful in your application, you should have:
You can also provide supporting evidence gained from completing leadership development opportunities such as the NPQML and NPQSL.
The role lasts for 4 years, at which time there’ll be a review. There’s no minimum or maximum time commitment. You and your school will need to think carefully about capacity and negotiate your availability together.
Application and Selection
Applications are made directly to Star Institute. Click here to download our application form.
We will publish details of our 2018/19 SLE application round(s) shortly. In the meantime, please direct any enquiries you have to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department for Education Specialist Leaders of Education Application Guidance also provides an overview of the application process, reference requirements and assessment process.
Star Institute is committed to providing quality support. All our SLEs must undertake our core SLE Training Programme before any deployment can be commissioned.