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St Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership CPLD Offer


Our SLEs contribute to the exciting CPLD package exclusive to St Anthony's Partnership members.  Joining the St Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership allows school colleagues to access a range of bespoke training packages vital to school and staff development, such as:


  • Observing teaching and learning.
  • Engaging in peer review.
  • Working with a mentor/coach.
  • Keeping abreast of research/enquiry based developments.
  • Attending a course/conference.
  • Joining a strategic network.


For more information on our Alliance programme, or to enquire about joining the alliance, please contact our Teaching School PA, Andrew Bove:



Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools and who have had at least two years’ experience in a specific field of expertise. SLEs can be school business managers, subject leaders, or key stage leaders for example.


SLEs can come from any school or academy, including nursery, primary, secondary, special, pupil referral unit, independent and free schools, and sixth form colleges. Whilst the individual must be outstanding, his or her school does not have to be.


It is the responsibility of teaching schools to designate SLEs. SLE applications come via the National College of Teaching & Leadership (NCTL), in line with national rounds for applications, and interviews and designation are executed through a process using the NCTL guidelines.  This is to ensure that the process is robust, fair and consistent. Potential SLE Headteachers are required to support the process.


St. Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership holds a list of designated SLEs and NLEs so that the range of expertise available across the alliance can be shared.   This information will also be shared with the Local Authority and other partners to ensure that SLEs can be available as a local resource for school-to-school support.


SLEs are designated as a result of:

  • having excellent interpersonal skills
  • the ability to work sensitively and collaboratively with others
  • having a commitment to outreach work
  • having knowledge of what outstanding leadership practice in their area of specialism looks like
  • having an appreciation of how their specialism and skills can contribute to the wider school 


All SLEs are required to undergo mandatory core training with additional training on offer from St. Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership.


If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to become a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).


Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of SLEs. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.