Teachers from Northamptonshire and Rutland attended a course at Brooke Weston Teaching School for those aspiring to be Specialist Leaders in Education. The course, delivered by trainer Clare Adams, was an introduction to the role of SLEs and outlined the skills and training required. Specialist Leaders in Education offer support and advice mentoring professionals both at their own, and other schools.
Ms Adams said: ‘The course was an introduction into what SLEs are, how they fit into the national context and why there is a need for them. The SLE role is very much about coaching, facilitation and working with adults. It is coaching people who have come across blocks, either in their leadership or in their teaching and learning. SLEs offer school to school support. It gives practitioners the opportunity to work outside their familiar school context to develop themselves and improve the school system.
‘The participants did many practical tasks today including trio coaching roleplaying where one was a coach, one a coachee and the third an observer. They also discussed how they would handle potential scenarios as an SLE. The group have really embraced the session today.’
Afterwards Sian Dwyer from Casterton Business and Enterprise College said: ‘It was very helpful as it has helped me find out in a lot more detail what being a Specialist Leader in Education entails. There is certainly a lot to the application and lots to think about.’
Her colleague, Katy Kato added: ‘This was a preliminary course to find out whether we have the necessary expertise and also to support us in making the application. For me it was about identifying, not only if I am the right person, but also to think about colleagues from my establishment who might go forward as well. Personally it is about continuing professional development opportunities. It is also about support for colleagues in other schools and, for me, it is looking at avenues other than those that you have already got in-house. It has been excellent training.’