Specialist Leaders of Education

SWTSA is recruiting - Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)


The South West Teaching School Alliance (TSA) relies on expertise and talent from within.  We make a difference to the life chances of our students through reflective practice and collaborative improvement.  Our SLEs work with Subject Leaders, departments and Leadership Teams: identifying specific strategies and practical actions, which catalyse progress. We are currently looking to recruit SLEs to join the South West Teaching School Alliance team, in the following areas: Design and Technology, Music, ICT, PE, Science, Social Science, Vocational Learning and Media.


SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have been in a leadership role other than headteacher for at least 2 years. They have a particular area of expertise (subject area, behaviour, early years, inclusion) and a track record of school improvement.  SLEs support leaders through school-to-school support, developing the capacity and capability of leaders, whether through coaching or mentoring, facilitating a subject network group or joint action planning.  SLEs will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

As part of the application process, your head teacher is required to confirm that you are in an appropriate role, and will support you in being released from their school for an agreed allocation of time.

Interested and want to find out more:

  • SLEs guidance for potential applicants including criteria and areas of expertise here    
  • SLEs guidance for completing the application and reference form here  


All applicants are required to complete the Application form here.  Please note the deadline for applications is: 9am on Thursday 10th January 2019.

All applications must be sent to David Wibberley, SWTSA Director at: Wibberley.D@kingsbridgecollege.org.uk and Sophie Rae Sophie.rae@kingsbridgecollege.org.uk

We aim to interview January 31st 2019.  We will be in touch with all interview candidates shortly after the closing date regarding interviews, which will include a short presentation from each candidate.

If you have any general queries about the SLE role, or the application process then please contact Sophie Rae, SWTSA Project Manager either by telephone 01548 852641 ext. 194. Or email Sophie.rae@kingsbridgecollege.org.uk    


Key dates for the applications process:

Task Date
Application details circulated to SWTSA head teachers 27th November 2018
Deadline for applications Thursday 10th January 2019
Shortlisting W/C 14th January 2019
Interview & Assessment day Thursday 31st January 2019
SLE Training – Annual gathering April/May 2019
Deployment from June 2019
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