Specialist Leaders of Education

Primary Support. SLEs are experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism (for example, maths, initial teacher training, behaviour). While other roles (eg AST) focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. SLEs can provide one-to-one or group support. Their work could involve a variety of activities, such as data analysis; coaching; facilitating and training; joint action planning. SLE specialisms cover the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.

Support can be face-to-face, by telephone or by e-mail.

Bespoke programmes of support can be developed to meet your specific needs. These can range from short single focus pieces of work to medium and longer term programmes covering a number of areas in your improvement plans.

The initial step is a phone call to our office and a discussion to identify the most appropriate colleague to visit you and discuss your requirements and how these might best be met. The amount of support; the timescale; who will deliver; the intended outcomes and cost of the programme will be clearly identified and should you wish to proceed these will be built into the DTSA contract of support.

Colleagues wishing to engage any of the SLEs should contact for more information and guidance.