• 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.

For news and information for all schools in the East of England please visit the Teaching Schools East website: http://teachingschoolseast.org/sles.html

Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs)

Specialist Leaders of Education, known commonly as SLEs, are the people on the ground who make a difference in school improvement. They are excellent classroom practitioners who have the capacity and skills to make an impact beyond their own classroom and there are now 8500 of them. Some have developed expertise in other areas like initial teacher training, Pupil Premium reviews and numeracy and literacy. Getting help from an SLE is the best you can get because it comes from a colleague practitioner working in the same context as you are with up-to-date knowledge and skills.

The SLE gains as well. Supporting other teachers and schools provides an exciting new professional dimension for classroom teachers, honing skills and becoming a key driver in school improvement.

Schools win out too!

SLEs earn money for schools through the outreach work they do and the school as a whole benefits from the additional expertise and confidence gained by SLEs.Specialist Leaders of Education, known commonly as SLEs, are the people on the ground who make a difference in school improvement. They are excellent classroom practitioners who have the capacity and skills to make an impact beyond their own classroom and there are now 8500 of them. Some have developed expertise in other areas like initial teacher training, Pupil Premium reviews and numeracy and literacy.

Getting help from an SLE is the best you can get because it comes from a colleague practitioner working in the same context as you are with up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Becoming an SLE

There will be two application windows for new SLEs each year at the end of May and October. Having two dates makes it easier to plan the training courses offered by teaching school alliances. The region still needs new system leaders so if you are interested watch out for information sessions offered by teaching school alliances, download an application form and check your head teacher supports you.

Head teachers can build these new arrangements into professional development programmes and their financial planning. The assessment day structure involves a presentation, a formal interview and some kind of written or group exercise. It’s a really good qualification to have!

National Leaders of Governance (NLGs)

Suffolk Borders Teaching School Alliance has been designated as a Governance Hub. This means we are responsible for coordinating system leaders to support governance across the East of England. We liaise with other Teaching School Alliances and the local authority to ensure that our Governance resources are best utilised across the region.  

We have a National Leader of Governance (NLG) affiliated to our Hub. There details can be found here: https://nlgeastofengland.wordpress.com/nlgs-in-the-region/essex/becky-poynter/

NLGs can support schools and their governing bodies to improve effective governance practices through a range of support options. These include coaching and mentoring of the chair and the governing body or providing an in-depth External Review of Governance. NLGs can also be deployed in a crisis to support a governing body through a challenging period.

To find out more about the NLGs in our region please visit: https://nlgeastofengland.wordpress.com