Becoming an SLE

North London Teaching Alliance
North London Teaching Alliance

SLE designation is open to individuals that hold middle or senior leadership roles in schools and who have particular area(s) of expertise. We do not plan to try to define precisely middle or senior leadership – we recognise that roles and responsibilities are different in different schools, also that routes to leadership are not always straightforward. The headteacher of a potential SLE will be asked therefore to confirm that the individual holds a middle or senior leadership position. There are rigorous eligibility criteria. You will need to evidence that you meet all areas of the criteria and are outstanding in at least one of the agreed SLE areas of expertise. For the current criteria and agreed areas of expertise, please refer to the Teaching School website or ‘Who can apply’ document in this pack. Please note that although SLEs themselves must be outstanding at what they do, they do not have to come from outstanding schools - they can come from any school.

Read through the application questions: To help you complete your application form, the application questions are shown in the table below. The table also shows how the evidence provided in your application will be assessed against the eligibility criteria

Talk to your referees - your application must be supported by two references: one from your current headteacher/principal and a second from a middle or senior leader you have supported. The references are an essential part of your application.  We strongly recommend that you contact your referees to explain your application and to make them aware of the deadline. It is very important that referees complete and return their forms by 9am on 1st November 2018 otherwise there is a chance that the Teaching School assessing your application will not consider it complete.

 

Key Dates

Activity Date
Application Deadline 1st November 2018
Interview completed 30th November 2018
Decisions Communicated to Applicants 15th December 2018

 

The Application Form and Eligibility

The table below details the application questions and how these link to the eligibility criteria. This is provided to help applicants to ensure they provide the appropriate evidence in each response.

  Application information requested How the question links to the eligibility criteria
General Leadership Role Please confirm you hold a leadership role or responsibility within your school.

Experience

SLEs will have a minimum of two years’ experience in a leadership role within a school or academy

  Please confirm you have at least two years’ experience in your current role. If you have indicated ‘no’ to the question above, please detail your previous leadership role or responsibility and school name.

Experience

SLEs will be outstanding middle or senior leaders, with at least two years’ experience and a first-class knowledge in a particular field of expertise.

SLEs will have a minimum of two years’ experience in a leadership role within a school or academy.

Specialist area(s) of expertise Your Specialism Please indicate your specialist area(s) and the length of time you have been a specialist within the selected field(s) of expertise.

Experience

SLEs will be outstanding middle or senior leaders, with at least two years’ experience and a first-class knowledge in a particular field of expertise.

  Question 1. What motivates you to engage in system leadership? Capacity and commitment · SLEs will have a commitment to outreach work, and the capacity to undertake such work.
Leadership experience and capacity Question 2a. As a leader, please outline the significant impact of your contribution to supporting leaders in other schools, or to your own school’s performance, detailing the impact of this, and demonstrating clear evidence of your outstanding practice within your area/s of expertise/specialism

Experience

SLEs will be outstanding middle or senior leaders, with at least two years’ experience and a first-class knowledge in a particular field of expertise. Track record

SLEs will have a successful track record, supported by substantial impact evidence, of working effectively within their own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school. Skills

SLEs will have an understanding of what constitutes “outstanding” in their field of expertise and the ability and confidence to articulate this.

SLEs will have an appreciation of how their specialism and skills can contribute to the wider school improvement agenda.

Ofsted/ results Question 2b Please detail performance results/ outcomes you have been accountable for, in your area of work (please cite sources as these may be verified)

Track record

SLEs will have a successful track record, supported by substantial impact evidence, of working effectively within their own school and/or across a group of schools, or working with a range of leaders within a single school.

Leadership experience and capacity Question 3 Please provide examples of where you have worked sensitively and collaboratively with peer colleagues using coaching/facilitation skills to grow leadership capacity in other leaders leading to sustainable improvements.

Track record

SLEs will have evidence of successfully using coaching and/or facilitation skills to bring about sustainable improvements. · SLEs will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. · SLEs will have the ability to utilise high levels of emotional intelligence to work sensitively and collaboratively with peer colleagues.

 

Leadership experience and capacity Question 4. Please provide an example of significance where you have challenged, collaborated, motivated and inspired your peer colleagues to set and establish new and innovative working practices. How did you approach this? What impact did this have

Skills

SLEs will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. · SLEs will have an analytical approach in identifying the needs and ability to prioritise accordingly, including the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices.

  Questions 5 Please address each area, evidencing where you have utilised each skill and the positive impact you have brought about.

Skills and Experience ·

SLEs will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills · SLEs will have the ability to utilise high levels of emotional intelligence to work sensitively and collaboratively with peer colleagues.

SLEs will have an understanding of what constitutes “outstanding” in their field of expertise and the ability and confidence to articulate this. SLEs will have an appreciation of how their specialism and skills can contribute to the wider school improvement agenda.

SLEs will have an analytical approach in identifying the needs and ability to prioritise accordingly, including the ability to set and establish new and innovative working practices.

  Additional Information.Please detail any other qualifications which demonstrates your first-class knowledge in your field of expertise, which you feel is relevant to support your application.

Experience

SLEs will be outstanding middle or senior leaders, with at least two years’ experience and a first-class knowledge in a particular field of expertise.

 

References

As part of the application process you will be required to provide contact details for two referees to support your application. One must be the headteacher/principal of the school in which you are currently employed. The other referee must be a middle or senior leader you have supported in another school (or if you do not have experience in another school it is possible to include a referee from someone you have supported within your own school). Please refer to the second referee document. This should be sent to your second referee for completion by 1st November 2018. Each referee will be required to complete a supporting statement to provide evidence relating to how you meet the eligibility criteria for the role. You are advised to contact your referees as soon as possible after you start the application, to give them the maximum possible time to complete their references. How evidence provided by your referees will be assessed against the eligibility criteria.

Assessment

Short List

An initial sift will be undertaken by the Teaching School when the recruitment round closes on 1st March 2018. This sift will check that applications meet the following minimum criteria:

The application form has been fully completed

Two references have been completed

The applicant is a middle/senior leader, with a minimum of two years’ experience in a particular field of expertise

The applicant has at least two years’ experience in a leadership role within a school or academy

Applications which do not meet the minimum criteria will be considered unsuccessful.

The Teaching School will then invite applicants to undertake a face to face assessment, in the form of an individual presentation and a formal interview, on 29th March 2018 The individual presentation to the panel will be on the theme detailed by the individual Teaching School, with an opportunity for questions from the assessment panel at the end. Each applicant will be notified in advance about the length of their individual presentation. This should not be more than 10 minutes. The assessment panel will review all presentations, with this review forming part of the overall judgement against the criteria.

Downloads

Application Form Date  
NLTA Application Form 03rd Oct 2018 Download