Apply to become an SLE

Recruitment for primary and secondary Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) designation via the Astra Alliance is now open, and applications are invited before our deadline of Friday 5th May 2017.  Interviews will take place on Wednesday 24th May 2017.  We will consider all specialisms, but are particularly interested in recruiting Biology, Drama, English, Geography and Religious Studies specialisms.

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What are SLEs?

SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals, teams or deliver CPD to new entrants and experienced staff.  One of the principle deployments for Astra SLEs will be to help deliver initial teacher training as part of the Astra SCITT.

In order to apply, you need to have expertise in one or more of the above areas and the ability, capacity and commitment to support others.  You will have at least two years’ experience in a leadership role within a school or academy.  Additionally, you will 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 and evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also essential, together with the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practice and the ability to grow leadership capacity in others.SLEs are allocated to a teaching school alliance, which for you will be the Astra Learning Alliance (lead school: Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham, HP6 5HA).

The application process

Our recruitment window is currently open and we invite SLE applications to be submitted to us by Friday 5th May 2017.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Wednesday 24th May.

Following designation, newly designated SLEs will be required to attend a day's core training.  The next SLE training day will take place on Thursday 15th June at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood, and costs £150 per delegate.  SLE designation is for four years, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, after which you will be subject to a review by your teaching school.

There is no cost to apply although applications must be supported by the applicant's current Headteacher.

More information and to apply

If you are interested in applying to become an SLE with the Astra Alliance, please read and complete the application form (your Headteacher will need to also complete the reference section) and email it to Application guidance can be found here and more information can be found on our SLE overview page as well as pen portraits of our current SLEs.  Please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Rodgers ( or Amanda Mauro ( if you have any questions or would like any more information.  We look forward to receiving your application.