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Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs)

As a Teaching School Alliance, we will continue to appoint a number of SLEs when required, in line with CASL, All North Teaching Schools, Cumbrian Teaching Schools and the Teaching School Council

  • SLEs are outstanding Middle and Senior Leaders, in positions below the Headteacher, with at least two years’ leadership experience (both in teaching and support roles). They have a particular area of expertise such as a subject, early years, behaviour or school business management and a successful track record of School Improvement.
  • SLEs support leaders in other schools.
  • The SLE role is about developing other Middle and Senior Leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools (predicated on a coaching model).
  • SLEs can come from any school or Academy, and whilst the individual must be outstanding, his or her school does not have to be.

For further advice and support please contact Shaun Monaghan, Director of WLTSA

SLE Overview

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a direct route into teaching, where successful applicants can follow a PGCE (with QTS) course. The main difference to the traditional PGCE course is that you will do a significant amount of your training within a school.

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Upcoming events

Click below to view our calendar of training events, School Direct conferences, CPD, courses and meetings.

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What is a Teaching School?

Teaching Schools have been established in order that schools and groups of schools take increasing responsibility for managing the school system…

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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) (18th January 2019)

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is accredited by the Department for Education (DfE). The qualification is delivered by the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP), a collaborative partnership of schools, teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts, managed and supported by Best Practice Network. NPQSL provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement for senior […]


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