TKAT Teaching School Alliance

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

  • Closing DateMonday 4th July 2016

Job Summary

The TKAT Teaching School Alliance is seeking highly motivated teachers who are experienced senior and middle leaders to apply to become Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs). To become an SLE you will need to have worked in a leadership role for at least two years and your headteacher/executive headteacher will be asked to confirm this. You must have at least one specialism from the following areas of expertise:

Leadership and Management

  • Assessment
  • Leadership of  continuing professional development(CPD)
  • Curriculum leadership

Teaching and Learning

  • Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development

Pupil Achievement

  • Closing the gap
  • Support for most able pupils
  • Early years
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • MFL
  • Phonics
  • Science

If you have a specialism not included in this list and you feel there is a local need for an SLE in that area then please contact Rachel Tizard ( to discuss further.

What do SLEs do?

Specialist Leaders of Education focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles focus 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.

This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • data analysis
  • coaching
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning

If selected, you will be expected to provide evidence that your work has had a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people by developing leadership capacity in other schools.

To be successful in your application, you should have:

  • a successful track record of working effectively within your own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school
  • evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • an understanding of what constitutes ‘outstanding’ in your field of expertise and the ability and confidence to communicate this
  • an understanding of how your specialism and skills can contribute to wider school improvement goals
  • an analytical approach in identifying and prioritising needs
  • the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices
  • the ability to grow leadership capacity in others

You may also provide supporting evidence from completing other leadership development initiatives.

Dates for this round of applications:



Application round opens

Monday 13 June 2016

Application round closes

Monday 04 July 2016

Assessment and interviews

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Notification of outcome

Friday 22 July 2016

Submission of recommendations and validation to NCTL

  Friday 22 July 2016


September 2016 (dates TBC)


Once you have passed your application and have been successfully designated as an SLE, you will need to undertake the SLE Core Training. This is a required element of the designation, and all SLEs must do the core training before being deployed in their SLE role. This will take place in September.


TKAT Academies will receive an agreed daily rate to release their SLE to undertake this work.

How to apply 

For an informal discussion about the role of SLEs and to obtain more information please contact Rachel Tizard, Group Director of Learning at

Application Form:

Plase click here to download and apply.

How To Apply

For an informal discussion about the role of SLEs and to obtain more information please contact Rachel Tizard, Group Director of Learning at

The Atkins Centre, Kemnal Technology College, Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5AAT: 020 3740 1808Apply Here
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