We can offer support for Primary, Secondary and Special schools from our School to School Support team. We have a number of colleagues in the following roles:

  • National Leader of Education (NLE)
  • Local Leader of Education (LLE)
  • Kent Leader of Education (KLE)
  • Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)
  • National Leader of Governance (NLG)

We regularly support schools both within and beyond our Alliance. We have submitted successful bids through NCTL and other sources to fund projects. If you are interested in exploring how we can support your school, please email


SLEs are a nationally accredited designation led by Teaching Schools and designated through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

They are part of the strategy for building capacity or systems leadership and school to school support. SLEs are middle and senior school leaders with specialist expertise in subject leadership or a whole school issue such as behaviour management, ITT or SEN. They provide support to individual leaders and teams in other schools by using a high level coaching or facilitation approach which draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area.
In Kent and Medway there are currently in excess of 175 SLEs in primary, secondary and special schools. They work with their local teaching school and are deployed to support school improvement and leadership in a variety of ways. Teachers report very positively about the opportunities that being an SLE has afforded them.

If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE).



We operate a common process for the recruitment, selection and designation for SLEs, through the Kent & Medway Teaching Schools Network.

If you wish to apply to Altius for accreditation as an SLE please email or



To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role for at least 2 years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. Higher Level Teaching Assistants are not eligible to apply. You can be from any type or phase of school.
You do not need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a Teaching School Alliance, as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work (up to 15 days) in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from the listed areas of expertise, which are based on the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.

Leadership and ManagementAcademies and Academy Transition; Assessment; Leadership of Continuing Professional Development; School Business Management and Financial Management; Leadership of Curriculum.
Pupil AchievementArt; Closing the Gap; Drama; Design and Technology; Early Years; English; Geography; History; Information and Communication Technology; Maths; Modern Foreign Languages; Music; Phonics; Physical Education; Personal, Social and Health Education; Religious Education; Science; Special Educational Needs; Support for the Most Able Pupils.
Quality of TeachingInitial teacher Training and Newly Qualified Teacher Development
Behaviour and safety
Behaviour and Discipline; Attendance.


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

We are happy to provide guidance on the application process for interested colleagues from any of our schools.



Specialist Leaders of Education focus on developing leadership capacity. 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.

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.



SLE designation lasts for 4 years, at which time it may be reviewed. The types of placements will vary. For example, one 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.

There is no minimum or maximum time commitment. You and your school will need to think carefully about capacity and negotiate your availability together.



There may be payment for specific placements, either from schools receiving support or from other organisations using your services, to reimburse your school or pay for supply cover. Any payment will be agreed and managed by the headteachers and governors of the schools concerned, in line with statutory guidance.

If you are interested in the SLE role, please free to contact for further information or to arrange an informal discussion with one of our S2S team.