Specialist Leaders of Education

Our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) offer subject-specific and educational practice support to schools across the region.

Coast2Coast Teaching School Alliance has trained 30 Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) who are on hand to offer support to schools across the region who feel they need extra guidance in particular subjects or areas of educational practice.

SLEs are outstanding middle or senior leaders in their own school and report directly to the headteacher. They have excellent knowledge and at least two years’ experience in leadership in a particular subject.

Working alongside teachers in similar positions in other schools, SLEs can help them achieve excellence in their subject using coaching and facilitation skills. They can also build leadership capacity within other schools to ensure outcomes are improved for the children and young people who study there.

What else do SLEs do?

As well as being an outstanding leader in their subject, SLEs also have other specialisms that may be of benefit to schools who require their assistance. These include assessment, attendance, behaviour and discipline and Special Educational Needs.

How to contact an SLE 

If you would like to find out how our SLEs can help your school, please get in touch through our details on our Contact Us page.

In line with the Coast2Coast Teaching School Alliance Charging Policy, a charge of £350 will be levied for a full day’s deployment  and £175 for a half day deployment to cover supply costs at the SLE’s school.

Become an SLE

If you are an outstanding middle or senior leader within your school and want to take the next step in your career, you may qualify to train as an SLE.

You’ll need to have:

  • Two years’ experience in your field
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to collaborative working

We are interested in hearing from aspiring SLEs in any specialism, but particularly:

  • Science (particularly physics)
  • Maths
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Closing the gap
  • Special Educational Needs
  • The primary sector

If you are considering applying to become an SLE please fill out an application form, or if you want to more fully understand the process, further information is available at GOV.UK or get in touch with Coast2Coast.

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  • The support Philip Morant Academy gained from Colne Academy was not only highly effective but led to a partnership that was difficult to see rivalled anywhere else in the county.
  • The Teaching School at the Colne has been extremely effective in enabling us to work collaborative with other schools. Coast2Coast has delivered outstanding CPD where great ideas have been put into practice with successful outcomes for our students. I have grown immeasurably as a result of my involvement.
  • Coast2Coast has been invaluable to our improvement journey. Staff had opportunities to learn alongside colleagues, receive quality training and support others. It was this mindset of "looking outwards", that I believe accelerated our progress from the "requiring improvement" category to "outstanding".
  • Having become a Specialist Leader in Education in SEND, the impact has been immense on both my professional and personal goals. The opportunities to work with other professionals have been incredibly rewarding, and the experience has improved my confidence and belief in myself.
  • Becoming a facilitator for the NPQML with Coast2Coast has been inspirational. I am fortunate to be surrounded by committed professionals who are reflective, forward thinking and want the best for their students. To help them explore and develop their practice is an incredibly worthwhile experience.
  • As a new middle leader in the school, the CPD provided has been some of the best my team and I have been involved in. The conferences have informed and developed my own practice and that of my department, giving us common ground as we moved forwards.