School to School Support and our SLEs  / LLEs

Bristol_Primary_Teaching_School_Alliance_Whitehall_7School improvement is a collaborative endeavour and to support this the Alliance has a number of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE); Local Leaders of Education (LLE) and National Leaders of Education (NLE) who are available to support in school. This may be in class coaching, subject leader joint support and planning; INSET or staff meeting support amongst a range of activities.

We also have links to a National Leader of Governance (NLG) too who is available to support schools and their governing bodies.

A number of SLEs have been appointed to the Teaching School and accredited by the National Teaching Council: their profiles and areas of expertise can be found in the links below.

If you would like a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), an experienced headteacher who has been designated as a Local Leader of Education (LLE) or a National Leader of Education (NLE) to support in your school please complete the Expression of Interest Form or contact Mike Eatwell, manager of the teaching school to discuss your needs by emailing him at: 

We are now recruiting additional SLEs and NEW lead Practitioners

Specialist Leaders of Education

We have now opened our recruitment window for additional Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) to add capacity to our talented team.  SLEs support teachers, subject leaders and whole school teams in Bristol schools and increasingly further afield and help to run our training courses across the city. It is a fantastic development opportunity for those who are designated as you will develop your skills whilst supporting others and bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge back to your own school.

We are particularly looking for SLEs with maths or English / phonics specialisms in KS2, KS1 or the Early Years Foundation Stage to add capacity to our team. Through the selection process you will need to demonstrate that you are an outstanding practitioner in a chosen specialist field, and that you have supported schools beyond your own. You will also need excellent interpersonal, organisational and negotiation skills and a drive to support improving the outcomes of children beyond your school. You will need the support of your headteacher and some time across the year so you can be released to work in other schools. Some SLEs typically work for half a dozen days across the year, and some work up to two days per week in the role: all of this is negotiated with your capacity prior to deployment, Schools are reimbursed for your time away, as well as your planning and preparation time.  There is full training and mentoring as part of the role, with an update session in the autumn term, and the minimum of a free half day joint SLE update and CPD training session annually.

  • If you, or a member of your team are interested in applying to become an SLE, you will need to ensure you meet the criteria for the role and complete the application form which can be found here: SLE Application Form 

The closing date is Friday 8th December 2017 at 12.00pm, with the shortlisting and selection process taking place early in the new year.  Please email the completed form with your headteacher reference to 

Are you a talented teacher who is ready to share their excellent practice with other schools?

Lead Practitioners

Many schools will have highly skilled and inspirational teachers who have a great deal to offer and share – and they may be wishing to develop their roles in supporting others in the future. However, to apply to become a specialist leader of education (SLE) you need to be a senior leader in school and have had experience of supporting other schools beyond your own already which can inhibit those wishing to step up.

This year for the first time, we are using some of our teaching school funding to support this leadership and development journey for a small number of fantastic teachers. The lead practitioner group will be given the opportunity to shadow some work of the current SLEs and to learn about sharing their good practice and leading and supporting others in a different school, whilst developing their own leadership roles.

We are looking to recruit a small group of lead practitioners with who will work together to develop their skills in supporting others this year. They will need to be outstanding teachers, excellent communicators and excellent English or maths teachers – and be committed to developing professionally through supporting others. English or maths subject leaders are particularly welcome to apply. The time commitment will be 3 half days of central training, plus two twilights and up to two days of shadowing an SLE. This will be fully funded by the teaching school alliance, including any supply costs.

This is a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop Bristol teachers to enable them to support other schools and to equip them with the skills to step up and apply to be an SLE in the future.  There will be a short application process, coupled with a recommendation from their headteacher.

Our criteria for the lead practitioner programme is that teachers:

  • Are judged to be outstanding in their practice;
  • Have an area of specialism to share with other schools (preferably in English or maths);
  • Willing to commit to the training and shadowing opportunities for the programme;
  • Have a headteacher who will confirm the applicant is in an appropriate role, support their application and be their referee.

If you, or a member of your team are interested in applying to become a lead practitioner, you will need to ensure you meet the criteria for the role and complete the application form which can be found here: Lead Practitioner Application Form 

The closing date for applications for the lead practitioner role is Monday 11th December 2017 at 12.00pm 

Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs)