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SLEs are experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism (for example, mathematics, ITT, behaviour). While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) 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.

Teaching schools manage the placements for SLEs. You should contact Knowsley First if you want to improve the leadership in a specific subject or specialist area in your school.
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; leadership & management; pupil achievement; quality of teaching; behaviour & safety.

Use the side bar to browse the subjects that our SLEs cover.

You will usually need to pay the Knowsley First for an SLE’s time. Payment for SLE services is negotiated by you and the teaching school.

Time commitment for you or your staff

This will vary according to the project, level of support required and number of your staff involved. For example, one project might be a 2-day diagnostic exercise, while another might require a 3-month, full-time support role. Time may be taken as a block of consecutive days or spread over a longer period.

Further information
For more information or to book an SLE, email

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