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Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education are leaders identified by the National College as being able to provide exceptional support to schools in need within their specialist areas. SLEs have to apply through the National College and go through a selection, assessment, and monitoring process before they are allowed to deliver support to schools.

Our SLEs have expertise in:

  • Maths
  • Assessment
  • CPD
  • Curriculum
  • SEND
  • ITT
  • NQT
  • Phonics
  • English

What is involved?

SLEs will develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams in other schools, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area. The work will contribute to improving outcomes for children, with priority likely to be given to supporting the needs of underperforming and challenged schools.If you would like to speak to us about the School-to-School Support we can offer please contact us on


Are you interested?

If you are an interested in becoming an SLE, and you are currently working as a middle or senior leader with a particular area of expertise, you may be eligible to apply in the next cohort of SLE applications. This will take place in later this year, and more details will be available nearer the time. In the meantime, more information about SLE work can be found on the DfE website at:

Get in touch

Forest Learning Alliance
c/o Uplands Primary School,
Albion Road, Sandhurst,
Berkshire. GU47 9BP

Tel: 01252 873069

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