School to School Support



The role of Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) is to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning. Building on the success of the work of National Leaders in Education (NLEs) and Local Leaders in Education (LLEs) this third tier of school to school support has been developed to support middle leaders with a specific focus of need.


The Role and Work of an SLE

Specialist leaders of education are outstanding, experienced Middle and Senior Leaders, who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.  SLEs will be the drivers of school-to-school support.


They will develop the leadership capacity of others, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and particular area of expertise.



Local Leaders of Education (LLE) are serving Headteachers who have the capacity and capability to make a significant contribution to supporting schools in their local area.


As part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s (NCTL) move towards a school-led system, the NCTL will no longer designate LLEs, and instead have given teaching schools, such as Northern Cooperative Teaching School Alliance the freedom to recruit and designate school leaders in this role as we already do with specialist leaders of education (SLEs).

If you are a serving head teacher and interested in becoming designated as an LLE or are an existing LLE looking to associate with a teaching school, please contact Claire Keddy at the Northern Cooperative Teaching Alliance.


If you are looking for school-to-school support, either at LLE or SLE level, please contact Claire Keddy at the Northern Cooperative Teaching Alliance.


National leaders of education (NLEs) are strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most.

In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

NLEs usually work with schools identified as being in need of significant improvement by the Department for Education, Ofsted, a teaching school, a regional schools commissioner, local authority or diocese.


Their work is tailored to the needs of the supported school. Support may be given in different ways, including:

· working alongside their staff

· working alone

· your staff providing support under your initial direction

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