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Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)


Within Pioneer Teaching School Alliance, we have many outstanding professionals who have been nationally recognised as Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE).  This ‘SLE’ designation acknowledges the important role our outstanding middle and senior leaders provide in supporting the development of their peers.  Our SLEs understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context. 

Interested in becoming an SLE with Pioneer Teaching School Alliance?

If you are interested in applying to become an SLE for Pioneer Teaching School Alliance, please do get in touch.  We would be delighted to hear from you. Further information is available at:

Arranging an SLE to be deployed to your school

Please do contact us to see how we can tailor our school-to-school support to meet your needs and ambitions.  Our SLEs can be requested for bespoke work in schools for any number of days. They are currently charged at £350 per day. This will be brokered by Pioneer Teaching School Alliance and then evaluated for impact. 

Quotes from our SLEs and schools


“I am passionate about providing high quality leadership, training and coaching to support individuals and teams in achieving their goals and view working as an SLE as an absolute privilege.”


“It developed my range of leadership styles, as you must be sensitive as an SLE, and empathy with your partner school and colleagues is vital.”


“My SLE role has been a fantastic learning experience for all involved, but especially for me!”


“The SLE role allows me to widen my experience outside of my own school, enabling me to offer support, guidance and help to colleagues working in different contexts. It also enhances my own school, as I pick up golden nuggets of experience along the way.”


“School to school support has made us reflect and challenge our current provision and also gave us the capacity to make real gains in a short time frame. As a result our leadership team are empowered to make a difference. Pioneer Teaching School Alliance support has empowered our LSA’s to deliver quality phonics”.

Jill Roseblade, Executive Headteacher - Siskin Federation


“School to School support through partnership & sharing and developing excellence is helping to make my schools great.”

Carol Walters, Executive Headteacher - Northern Schools Federation


Find out more about our SLEs and their specialisms:

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