Grange Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7JA

01773 520031

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

SLEs are outstanding teachers, members of senior management teams with at least 2 years proven experience in their chosen specialism.  SLEs work with other schools on an area/areas the matched school have addressed for improvement.  SLE deployments are used to provide short or long term support to subject leaders, to address teaching and learning priorities for teams or individuals, to deliver staff meetings, twilights and inset days or address whole school improvements/initiatives.  

We currently have 8 x SLEs within Alfreton Nursery Teaching School Alliance whose specialisms include:

  • Leadership of CPD
  • Leadership of Curriculum
  • Closing the Gap
  • Early Years
  • Forest Schools
  • ICT
  • PSHE
  • Phonics
  • SEN
  • Support for most able pupils
  • ITT and NQT Development
  • Assessment
  • Behaviour & Discipline
  • Attendance

If you are interested in receiving School to School support from one of our SLEs, please contact who will pass your details to the Teaching School Alliance team who will discuss potential matching and your school's individual support needs.

As well as offering SLE support we also offer one-off visits to see specific practice in our school settings, ie through learning walks, lesson observations and discussions with staff. 


If you are interested in becoming an SLE, the following Q&As should help.

Do I need to work in other schools?

The role of the SLE is individual and unique.  Often skills are transferable and you may be asked to support in another school.  If your expertise involves a unique teaching area ie forest school, staff from your matched school may benefit from attending your own school site (or vice versa).  As all schools and teachers are unique, SLE packages need to be bespoke to meet each individual school’s and individual’s needs.

How often will I be asked to support?

This depends on each school’s needs.  You may be asked to support for ½ a day, a day, several days or longer term.  All dates and funding will be negotiated through the teaching school in liaison with the individual SLEs and schools.

What about paperwork?

To become a SLE you need to complete a small application form detailing your personal details, information about your current role, your area/s of specialism and how you feel you can make a difference as an SLE in other schools. 

Benefits of becoming an SLE

  • By sharing with other schools, more staff and children will benefit from your area of expertise
  • You will get to meet and work with other senior leaders and visit other settings.
  • Your school will benefit financially. Current rates for SLEs deployments are:-
    • ½ day - £175
    • 1 day £350
  • You will gain the full support of Alfreton Nursery Teaching School
  • You may be matched with other SLEs in the alliance who share similar skill sets and interests, sharing ideas and experiences.
  • You will be invited to attend a termly SLE network meeting

How do I apply?

The current round for applications is open until Monday 6 March.  If you are interested in becoming an SLE within Alfreton Nursery Teaching School's Alliance, please complete the SLE application form or for more details please telephone 01773 520031 or e-mail

We look forward to hearing from you.



Half Day Visits

We are offering half day visits to our inspirational Teaching School for £80 per school/setting (for up to 3 people; any additional attendees will be charged at £20 per person).

If you are interested in finding out more about our outstanding Early Years practice, please telephone the school on 01773 520031, email or click on this link to complete our visits booking form and return to the school. 

Bespoke visit opportunities are also available.