How do you become an SLE?

Cohort 10 SLE recruitment round - application round now open


  • Application round is open: from now until 31 October 2017
  • interview process 1 November to 30 November 2017
  • SLE applicants are informed of interview result by 1 December 2017
  •  core training for designated SLEs will be in the Spring term 2018.

The application process:
If you are interested, study the eligibility criteria and if you decide to pursue an application, it is vital that you:

  • Talk with your headteacher
  • Seek your headteacher’s agreement to become your referee. Thye must also agree to pay the £200 cost of the SLE statutory training.

Fill in part 1 of the application. Part 2 must be completed by your Headteacher, as a referee, and they then return the form to You have to send your second referee the Second referee document here.

Access the application form.

The Specialist Leaders of Education application guidance can be found here:

Application Process

Application Guidance 2017


Your headteacher will need sufficient time to complete this reference. The reference will be a key part of the application form which needs to be completed and returned by 31st October 2017

Supporting you with your application:

Talk to any of your colleagues who have been involved in school to school work.  Discuss with them the nature and opportunities of this partnership working. In addition, take the opportunity to discuss your plans with your line manager, within the broader picture of you career progression and professional development.

If you have any further specific questions related to becoming an SLE and the application process, contact either Jacki Parris at Swavesey Village College, or Jo Gent, Administrator for CTSN SLE recruitment

All applications must be submitted to the SLE administrator Jo Gent by email,

For information about our current SLEs and the support they can provide please visit our School to School support pages.

If you are interested in becoming an SLE:

·         Download an application form from the website or contact the Teaching School you wish to work with

·         Ask your Head Teacher to check that he/she is willing to support your work outside of school and pay for the compulsory Core Training day (£200)

·         Fill in the application form, contact your referees. request references and submit application and references   to the relevant Teaching School


If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to an assessment day which will consist of:

·         A presentation

·         Formal interview questions


The final assessment stage is a Compulsory Core Training Day 

·         This is a standardised day for the Eastern Region

·         A certificate designating you as an SLE will only be given on the successful completion of this day

·         There will be pre-task activities that you will be asked to undertake by your SLE Coordinator and/or SLE Core Training Centre before you attend this day