What is an SLE and why might I need one?
Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. Because we operate within a multi alliance structure comprising both primary and secondary schools, outstanding and operating in challenging circumstances, our SLEs are experienced and understand what outstanding practice in their area of expertise looks like and consequently, are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context. SLEs can develop the leadership capacity of others, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and expertise.
The CATTS Alliance is responsible for supporting the SLE throughout their deployment, including identifying the most appropriate SLE when a request for support is received. Support will always focus on sustainable leadership development and school improvement. With this in mind, each deployment will start with a clearly defined Deployment Agreement, drawn up by the Teaching School in consultation with the organisation commissioning the deployment. Our SLEs can be deployed in all curriculum areas and in all phases of schools, including cross-phase
How can I request SLE support?
All SLE deployment will be brokered via the Teaching School. It is anticipated that potential deployment will be foreseen in the whole school improvement plan, and that, where possible, SLEs will be used proactively in a developmental, strategic way.
Following an initial enquiry, a suitable SLE will contact you to discuss the specific focus of the support that you require. A bespoke Deployment Agreement, will then be drawn up in consultation with your school and your SLE.
Please contact Michelle Borders for any initial enquiries who will direct specific queries to Alexis Rickus, who can contact you with further information.