Are you an outstanding middle or senior leader with at least two years’ experience? Do you have a successful track record of working effectively within your own school and/or across a group of schools? Are you able to give evidence of successfully using coaching and or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements?


Application round now closed

Next application round: November 2018

Core training for newly designated SLEs is on 29th January 2019. See our courses section for more information.


The application process

If you are interested in becoming an SLE, study the eligibility criteria and if you decide to pursue an application, it is vital that you:

  • Talk with your headteacher
  • Seek your headteacher’s agreement to become your referee. They must also agree to pay the £150 cost of the SLE statutory core training
  • Organise a second referee

The Specialist Leaders of Education application guidance can be found here:

Who can apply   Application ProcessApplication Guidance


Supporting you with your application

Talk to any of your colleagues who have been involved in school to school work.  Discuss with them the nature and opportunities of this partnership working. In addition, take the opportunity to discuss your plans with your line manager, within the broader picture of you career progression and professional development.

If you have any further specific questions related to becoming an SLE and the application process, contact [email protected]

Fill in part 1 of the application form below.

Part 2 must be completed by your headteacher, as a referee, they then return the form to [email protected]

Your head teacher will need sufficient time to complete this reference and return it by the deadline.

Ask your second referee to fill in the second referee form and return it to [email protected]

Application form  Second referee form

If your application is successful, you will be invited to interview which will consist of:

  • A presentation
  • Formal interview questions

The final application stage is a compulsory Core Training Day. This is a standardised day for the Eastern Region.  A certificate designating you as an SLE will only be given on the successful completion of this day. There will be pre-task activities that you will be asked to undertake before you attend this day.