Wycombe and Marlow Teaching Schools Alliance

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Apply to be an SLE

We are opening an SLE recruitment round Monday 13th May 2019 until Friday 7th June, with interviews held on Wednesday 12th June and Thursday 13th June.

In order to be eligible to apply you must:

  • Have at least 2 years of leadership experience (HTs are not eligible)
  • Have experience which has impacted on school improvement
  • Have expertise in one or more of the SLE specialist areas as detailed here: SLE specialisms
  • Be employed at a Buckinghamshire primary school or academy
  • Have the support of your Headteacher
  • Have the capacity to be released for up to 5 days an academic year (sometimes more but only with the agreement of your HT)

We would welcome applications from qualifying candidates any of the specialisms listed in the table at the bottom of this page, but would particularly welcome applications from candidates with experience of leading in:


  • English- Wycombe and Aylesbury area candidates

  • Maths- Wycombe and Aylesbury area candidates

  • Science- Wycombe area candidates

  • Pupil Premium- Aylesbury area candidates

  • NQT development and mentorship- Aylesbury area candidates

  • Phonics- Wycombe and Aylesbury area candidates

  • SEND- Wycombe and Aylesbury area candidates

  • MFL- Wycombe area candidates

  • RE/PSHCE- Wycombe area candidates

  • EYFS- Wycombe and Aylesbury area candidates


What is involved in being an SLE?

SLEs are released from their own schools, with the agreement of their headteacher, to deliver training and school-to-school support work for the alliance. Their home school is compensated £300 per day for them being out of school (usually no more than 5 days a year unless their headteacher agrees otherwise.)

SLEs carry out a wide variety of support work:

  • Demonstration lessons, team teaching and joint planning
  • Lesson observations and learning walks
  • Delivering training
  • Joint planning and delivery of training
  • Planning scrutiny
  • Coordinator support
  • Moderation
  • Subject reviews
  • Bespoke projects at the request of headteachers

SLE Specialisms

You can apply to be designated in one or more of the following areas:


Key area Area of expertise
Leadership and management
  • Academies and academy transition
  • Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • School business management and financial management
  • Leadership of curriculum
Pupil achievement
  • Early years
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Maths
  • Modern foreign languages (MFL)
  • Music
  • Phonics
  • Physical education (PE)
  • Religious education (RE)
  • Science
  • Special educational needs (SEN)
  • Support for the most able pupils
Quality of teaching
  • Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development
Behaviour and safety
  • Behaviour and discipline
  • Attendance



SLE application guidance for applicants.pdf

WAM SLE Application Form

Please direct enquiries to Victoria Morris, Teaching School Lead-  vmorris@cvpa.school 01494 535564

Please submit applications to Donna Bunt, Teaching School Administrator- dbunt@cvpa.school