TKAT Teaching School Alliance

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

  • Closing DateMonday 11th December 2017
  • InterviewsMonday 18th December 2017

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 at an outstanding level for at least two years and your headteacher/executive headteacher will be asked to confirm this.

In this round of recruitment we are looking specifically to increase our pool of primary and Early Years SLEs and subject specialists in all phases, particularly secondary curriculum areas related to EBACC.

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 27th November 2017

Application round closes

Monday 11th December 2017

Assessment and interviews

Monday 18th December 2017

Notification of outcome

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Submission of recommendations and validation to NCTL

  January 2018


TBC - early 2018


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.

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


TKAT are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure and full safeguarding checks as well as satisfactory references.

TKAT is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post in accordance with the Immigration Act 2016.

How To Apply

Please complete and return Application Form attached, sending completed applications to

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