School to School Support
  •  One of the main themes for Teaching Schools is working with other schools to share learning, practice and ideas. Teaching Schools support system-wide improvements whilst continuing to improve their own schools.
  •  The Suffolk Borders Alliance has a successful track record of working with schools within and beyond Suffolk.
  •  Our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of support for all schools depending on their needs. We hold a register of expertise including National Leaders in Education, Local Leaders in Education and Specialist Leaders in Education. If you would like to find out more about working in collaboration to improve outcomes for children and young people,  If you would like to know more about the support available please contact us.

School to School Support/SLE's

Suffolk Borders Teaching School Alliance is delighted to announce that NCTL supports our immediate priorities for the recruitment of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), Cohort 6. 

The SLE application window is from 1st to 23rd October.  If you have expertise in any of the following priority areas and would like to apply to become an SLE with School Partnership Trust Academies please download the guidance document and application form below.

 SBTA Teaching School Alliance immediate priorities:

  • Primary / Early Years / ITT development / SEND
  • Secondary Core Subjects
  • Leadership of Curriculum (Teaching & Learning)

 The deadline for applications is 23rd October 2014. 

Download Application Form 

Download Application Guidance Pack

For more information please visit the guide for potential applicants


SLE's & LPs

A team of Leading Practitioners and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) from our Teaching School Alliance are deployed across the SBTA schools to provide a structure for the sharing of expertise and the delivery of learning opportunities at key times such as training days, preparation for inspections and intervention events.


Curriculum leaders, special needs specialists and support staff from the SPTA regularly meet, and are deployed at key times to provide the leadership and the energy for school improvement.


What are SLE’s?

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) act as 'system leaders', supporting individual leaders and teams in other schools by using a high level coaching or facilitation approach that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area. This may involve a wide variety of support approaches, including diagnostic models, and one-to-one or facilitated group support. Regardless of the type of support model delivered, the ultimate aim of SLEs is to contribute significantly to improving the outcomes for children through developing the capacity of peer leaders in other schools.


SLEs support the high quality professional development of leaders and may also potentially play a key role in the future development of school-to-school support, by identifying outstanding future leaders. SLE support takes a coaching approach, meaning that any development will be collaborative. This will also assure long-term, sustainable improvement, as the aim is to help supported leaders to develop their own leadership capacity.


What are Leading Practitioners?

We are training and accrediting Leading Practitioners (LPs), who like the former ASTs support the professional development of other teachers through raising standards in teaching and learning.

LPs and SLEs will play an important role in driving school improvement in their own and other schools to improve their leadership practice. LPs work primarily with other classroom teachers to improve their teaching practice.




National Leaders of Education (NLEs) are outstanding Headteachers or principals designated by the National College. Together with staff in their schools (designated National Support Schools), they use their skills and experience to support schools requiring assistance. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs may work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.



Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) are successful headteachers who work alongside other heads to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained. The role of the LLE is to work outside their own school, providing support and coaching to another headteacher and their school with the aim of school improvement. LLEs also act as professional partners, providing mentor support to new heads in their first two years of headship.


Using specialist knowledge to drive improvement 

Specialist Leaders of Education are middle or senior school leaders with capacity and skills to support leaders and teams in other schools. Our SLEs have a proven track record in their area of expertise and undertake training to ensure that the support they give is the best possible quality. 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.

The role of the SLE is to support middle/senior leaders in other schools. SLE support is normally charged at a daily rate of £350, but with a reduced fee for alliance schools.

Now Recruiting:

Download Application Form 

Download Application Guidance Pack



Leading Practitioners work with individuals, in a similar way to the former ASTs, to support them on their journey of improvement.

All of our Leading Practitioners have been through a programme of assessment and accreditation, and have high level skills in coaching.