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School Improvement Support

The London West Alliance is committed to school improvement support both within the alliance and externally.

If you are a member of our alliance and would like to know how to get involved in this work, please click here

If you are seeking support for your school please click here

Please contact Stefani Shedden, Strategic Director of the hub if you wish to find out more about this area of our work here


Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)

Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of SLE’s. If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE). This is part of the Government plan to have School led self-improving systems.

To apply you will need to have been in a leadership role below the head teacher for at least 2 years. There are usually 2 recruitment rounds per year. This is a four year post.

  • Training

Successful applicants will be entitled to a core training day. It provides you with essential information about the role and gives you the tools and techniques for effective school-to-school support. It also gives you the opportunity to meet others in the role.

  • The role of an SLE

SLE’s focus on developing leadership capacity to provide leaders with the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may involve coaching, joint planning, sharing data analysis, facilitating and training.

Our SLE’s have expertise in the following areas: Leadership and Management, Pupil Achievement, Quality of Teaching and Behaviour and Safety. SLE’s are also able to support primary schools in core areas of teaching and learning.


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