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The Bishop Fraser Trust

The Bishop Fraser Trust A Church of England Multi Academy Trust
with the vision to allow
all children to experience Life in all its fullness

Becoming a Specialist Leader of Education

Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools.They 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. To become a specialist leader of education, you need to have been in a leadership role below the headteacher 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  as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the areas of focus in the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework:

Focus Area of Expertise
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management
  • academies and academy transition
  • assessment
  • leadership of continuing professional development
  • school business management and financial management
  • leadership of curriculum
Outcomes for children and other learners
  • Art;
  • 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
  • Citizenship
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Initial Teacher Training and Early Career Teacher development
  • Assessment
Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • 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

You can also provide supporting evidence gained from completing leadership development opportunities such as:

There is no cost to apply. Successful applicants will be entitled to some training at no cost to their school. However, the school will have to pay for associated travel or supply cover for the training.For more information click here.

Application process

You can apply when we are recruiting. The Partnership has identified the priorities within their area and will recruit SLEs in accordance with our needs. We recommend that you apply for the priorities that match your specialism(s).You’ll need to contact the Partnership to obtain their recruitment priorities.  If you would like to know more about the Partnership, we recommended that you contact us to discuss your situation and opportunities before applying.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information at 

Our next SLE Recruitment round 

Details of our next recruitment round will be published here in due course.

 Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Train Teach Lead Partnership Manager, Lesley Trigger at if you have any questions or queries.