Apply to be a SLE

Apply to be a SLE/SPE

We are looking to develop our team of SLEs and SPEs to be able to support all schools and subjects.

Our recruitment window opens on Monday 8th October and closes on Friday 16th November with shortlisting taking place at the Operational Board on 5th December 2018.   Interviews will be held on Monday 17th December and Core Training will take place on Thursday 25th January 2019.

Are you an outstanding middle or senior school leader with a particular area of expertise?  Do you have the capacity, skills and commitment to support others in similar positions in other schools?

Do you want to contribute to improving outcomes for children, with priority likely to be given to supporting the needs of underperforming and challenged schools?

Application & training process

Click here for the application form and completed forms should be emailed to

If your application is successful, this will be followed by an interview. If you are successful in your interview you will be successfully designated as an SLE/SPE and will be required to undertake the SLE/SPE Core Training. This is a required element of the designation, and all SLEs/SPEs must do the core training before being deployed in their role.

We are looking for secondary SLEs in:

SEND, History, Geography, RS, Technology, EAL

And for primary SLEs in:

Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics, Teaching and Learning, Behaviour, SEND

Please contact us to discuss an area not listed.

Specialist Practitioners of Education are outstanding practitioners currently working in a teaching role within ELTSA. SPEs will have knowledge, skills and experience in a particular field of education, this might be a subject specialism or a key stage.  Most SPEs are qualified teachers although outstanding Higher Level Teaching Assistants can also apply for SPE status

We are looking for SPEs to support our SLEs in secondary maths, EAL, SEND and all aspects of the primary curriculum.



What do SLEs do?

Jess Hill talks about her role