System Leaders


A team of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) from our Teaching School Alliance are deployed across Delta Trust academies 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 Delta Academies Trust regularly meet, and are deployed at key times to provide the leadership and the energy for school improvement.

What are SLEs?

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. 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.

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.

For the Academies an SLE will bring a fresh perspective to any specific challenge or issue, as well as the benefit of their specialist knowledge and expertise. SLE support will take 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.

The Delta Teaching School Alliance currently has over 50 SLEs available for deployment in the following areas:


  • Science, Collaborative Projects & Networking
  • Science, NQT, ITT, Primary Subject Leadership
  • Leadership of Primary Curriculum (English, Maths, Phonics, ICT)
  • Leadership of Early Years


  • Department & Faculty Leadership
  • Inclusion
  • English
  • Teaching & Learning across all subjects
  • Partnership Working
  • Post 16 & Partnerships
  • Quality Standards Applied Learning
  • Special Education Needs
  • School Improvement
  • Pedagogy
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Arts, Faculty Management, Partnerships
  • Closing the gap for FSM and vulnerable groups, Safeguarding
  • Leadership & Management
  • Leadership of Curriculum
  • Leadership of Maths
  • Leadership of ITT
  • Leadership of English
  • Leadership of Geography
  • Leadership of ICT

Our SLEs are available to support schools outside our Academy group. Please follow the links on the left hand side to find out more about our current team of SLEs and the work they are involved with. To submit the Specialist Leader of Education Initial Request Proforma, please email us at for more information.