SLEs are outstanding middle or senior leaders in a school, who have the skills to support individuals in similar positions. Within the Swiss Cottage Teaching Schools Alliance we have SLEs who are based at Swiss Cottage School. SLEs are committed to their existing leadership role, and have support from their Head Teacher, to be released from school on occasional days, to develop others.
a middle or senior leader who feels ready to extend your contribution beyond your own school?
a special school requiring mentoring-coaching, linked to data analysis?
a mainstream primary school looking for additional perspectives on the behaviour of learners with a diagnosis of autism, in Key Stage 1?
a mainstream secondary school wanting to work collaboratively on developing a new PSHCE curriculum, which addresses risks and issues your young people have been facing?
an educational publisher, charity or organisation that would benefit from working with an outstanding teacher or school leader on a particular project?
As a Teaching School Alliance we are involved in connecting Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) with particular needs and priorities within our changing education system. In doing this, our intention is to offer opportunities for building organisational and professional capacity, which is deep and sustainable. Typically, our SLEs are deployed to work with a particular school or school staff, over several visits, on the development of workable systems for driving improvements. The nature of the SLE role however varies, as shown through the following examples of recent and current activity:
Examples of our recent/on-going SLE Activity
- Advising researchers at the UCL Institute of Education on a research paper on Global Learning in Special Schools.
- Delivering twilight training sessions to staff at another special school
- Presenting on “assessment-without-levels”, at a conference for Head Teachers, on behalf of a local authority
- Serving as Professional Advisor to a SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education)
- Conducting mentoring visits for NQTs on behalf of a local authority
- Working with a Primary Literacy Lead, on completing a related audit of provision
- Joining Senior and Middle Leader of another special school in lesson observations, to support the development of the process.
- Supporting the Senior Leadership Team of a mainstream school to analyse and present data about their learners with SEND.
- Contributing a workshop as part of a conference for the London Maths Hub
Within the Swiss Cottage Teaching Schools Alliance we have a bank of talented SLEs who are recognised as outstanding within their areas of responsibility. Across our large SLE team we have a range of expertise including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Literacy, Religious Education, Behaviour and PSHCE. This team meets throughout the school year, to engage with policy updates, and develop skills in mentoring-coaching and facilitation.