The Bristol Early Years Teaching School and Consortium is responsible for the recruitment, designation and deployment of Specialist Leaders in Education (SLES).

SLEs are experienced leaders and practitioners who have expertise in improving the quality of provision and standards in there are of specialism.

The work undertaken by an SLE is focused on building expertise, skill and capacity. It includes:

  • Targeted and intensive support in school and settings
  • Development and delivery of professional learning and development (CPD)
  • Leading in Research
  • Partnership development
  • Representation and leadership

Our SLEs have had great impact on the quality of EYs provision in Bristol, as evidenced by feedback from those who have accessed the support and also external evaluation such as Ofsted and Quality Improvement Visits.

Our SLEs are supported through a leadership development programme designed by the Teaching School. All are Specialist leaders work in settings/schools, they are connected to current practice, are learners themselves and will have faced similar challenges to you!


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