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Redborne Upper School

Redborne Upper School

& Community College

Specialist Leaders of Education

The concept of the SLE role was introduced in 2011. The role aims to help to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children.

The Teaching Schools in Central Bedfordshire are looking to recruit more Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) to support school improvement in our area. This is a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) accolade and a fantastic opportunity for outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. Research shows that schools who regularly share good practice through mentoring and coaching also make significant gains in their own practice and standards.

We are looking for outstanding practitioners with experience in leading their own areas of expertise within their settings. They will have an excellent track record in raising standards and developing staff through coaching and mentoring, excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to outreach and sharing good practice across a wider sphere.

We welcome applications from any phase or specialism; but are particularly interested in appointing people with the following areas of expertise:


•             Primary Maths  and Literacy

•             Secondary English, maths, science, computer science

•             Phonics                                          

•             EYFS                                 

•             Closing the Gap- Pupil Premium

•             More able

•             PHSE/Careers

•             Assessment

•             Leadership of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

•             Leadership of Curriculum

•             Mentoring/Coaching

•             Teaching and Learning

•             Behaviour and discipline

•             SEND


Following the recruitment process and training, there will be an expectation for the SLEs to spend up to 20 days supporting leadership development in other schools or settings across an academic year.

Schools will be reimbursed at the agreed rate for the cover but it is essential that the SLEs have the support of their Headteachers.


To support applications there will be an information event on Monday 20th November 4.15pm at Redborne Upper School, NORTH SCHOOL entrance, The Mary Hayes Room. A detailed flier regarding this event is attached below. Please ensure that you have advised Teresa Farrow of your planned attendance ahead of the meeting via


The deadline for completed applications to be returned to Sharon Jeffs ( is 9am on Tuesday 28th November 2017 and the assessment day for chosen applicants will be Thursday 7th December 2017 at Robert Bloomfield Academy.


Two documents need to be completed and returned directly to Sharon Jeffs; these are the application form , with section 2 completed by the applicant’s Headteacher, and the second referee form. These can be found below along with the application guidance document.


If you have any questions please feel free to either contact Teresa Farrow on 01525 842614,  OR Sharon Jeffs

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Flitwick Road, Ampthill,
MK45 2NU

01525 404462