To become an SLE, you need to have been in a Leadership role other than headteacher for at least 2 years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply. You do not need to be in an outstanding scholl or a school that is part of a teaching alliance, but your school will need to have the capacity to release you to work in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from the 'areas of expertise list', which are based on the areas of focus in the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (September 2018)
The types of placements will vary. For example, one might be a 2-day diagnostic exercise, while another might require a 3-month, full time support role. Time may be taken as a block of consecutive days or spread over a longer period.
There’s no minimum or maximum time commitment. You and your school will need to think carefully about capacity and negotiate your availability together.
SLE assessment dates will vary with Teaching Schools