Our ambition is that every child in Medway enjoys an Outstanding Education

Specialist Leaders of Education

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What an SLE does

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity.

While other roles focus specifically on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing the capacity and capability of 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’ll 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.

Time commitment

The role lasts for 4 years, at which time there’ll be a review.

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




We have a growing number of SLEs that can support improvements in a range of subjects in your schools. Their support represents very good value for money. They are currently deployed in a number of schools and engaged in short, medium and long-term projects.