Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders that have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.


The role of the SLE was created to help raise standards and improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning. The designation of SLEs recognises the importance of the role that senior and middle leaders have to play in improving outcomes for our children.


SLEs act as ‘system leaders’ and are trained to be successful through a high-level coaching or facilitation approach that draws on their own personal knowledge and expertise in that area. This may involve a variety of support approaches including diagnostic models and one-to-one or group support. Regardless of the type of support delivered, the ultimate aim of the SLE is to contribute significantly to improving outcomes for children through developing capacity of peer leaders in other schools.


The coaching approach of an SLE to their support means that any development will be collaborative which will assure long-term, sustainable improvement by helping these in-school leaders to develop their own leadership capacity.

National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

The National Leader of Education Programme is at the heart of a school led system where schools take responsibility for improving student outcomes through school to school support. NLEs are successful Head teachers who work alongside other school leaders to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained.


The role of the NLE is to work outside their own school to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. Because their support role will often include members of their own staff, the school of a National Leader of Education is called a National Support School.


You should contact an NLE if you want to improve performance at your school. They will meet with the Headteacher and senior staff from your school to discuss the challenges you face and what help is needed. Their work will be tailored in partnership with you.


They can get involved in different ways, including:

  • Working with your school alongside their staff
  • Working with your school on their own
  • Their staff working with your school under their initial direction

Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)

LLEs are experienced Headteachers who coach or mentor new Headteachers or Headteachers whose schools are in challenging circumstances. They work primarily one-to-one with another Headteacher and typical activities include:

  • Negotiating objectives for improvement
  • Coaching and mentoring the headteacher to develop skills, judgement and professional effectiveness
  • Supporting or arranging coaching or training for key staff in the supported school

National Leaders of Governance (NLGs)

NLGs concentrate on developing school governance capacity and expertise. In some cases, they work in partnership with a national leader of education or a teaching school alliance. NLGs typical activities include:

  • Mentoring of Chair and/or members of the School's Governing Body
  • External reviews of governance, College for Teaching & Leadership
  • Chair or membership of an interim executive board
  • Chair or leadership role of Governing Body of School/multi-academy trust where the School has been identified as needing urgent additional governance capacity

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