Director of Education (Primary), Oxfordshire

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River Learning TrustOxfordshire

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Start date: January 2019 or sooner if available
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L16-20, (£57- 63k), more for an exceptional candidate
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Working together to achieve excellence in education

Director of Education (Primary)

If you are passionate about how an excellent education founded on an outstanding curriculum can improve the life chances of children and young people, providing stimulating and engaging provision and rich opportunities for pupils and staff, then this post is for you. You will have the opportunity to research, develop and implement best practice frameworks for curricula in our schools, linking with assessment, pedagogy and cognitive psychology.

As well as being engaged in medium and long-term strategic development you will have first-hand involvement in school improvement work to ensure our work is grounded in the realities of school experience and to provide you with the best possible career development opportunities.

Recruiting to this role is a key next step in enabling us to deliver our vison so that working together within the Trust will deliver the best possible experience for our children, young people and staff. We are also recruiting to a Director of Education (Secondary) post. The post holders will work closely together and directly with me to lead the strategy for school improvement in the Trust and will have a central role in supporting schools with enhancing curriculum development and delivery.

This is an exciting time for the River Learning Trust. The Trust currently consists of five secondary schools, nine primary schools and a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) provider; we have a secondary Free School in pre-opening and three further primary schools are joining in September 2018.

The River Learning Trust can offer candidates exceptional opportunities for professional and personal development. We pride ourselves on supporting staff to be highly successful, recognising that success comes in a wide variety of ways, growing a culture of continual improvement where we look to provide the best possible educational experience for all our pupils.

To find out more about our schools and for further information about the post please visit our website

For a confidential discussion about the role or to arrange an informal chat with our CEO, Paul James, please contact Jo Grabowska or Emma Formby at Tes on 020 3194 3085 or 020 3194 3147. Alternatively, you can email them at or

To apply for this post, please complete an online application by using the 'Quick Apply' button below, ensuring that within the section entitled Supporting Statement you demonstrate how you meet the requirements within the Person Specification as well as providing an outline as to why you have applied for this post, with examples of how your career thus far has prepared you for this role.

The closing date for applications is Monday 25th June

Interviews will take place on 3rd & 4th July

The River Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

The River Learning Trust (RLT) is a multi-academy trust responsible for a number of schools and a school centred initial teacher training provider; the schools and SCITT are united by their commitment to the principles of the trust and a common belief in the benefits of everything that is gained by working together.

  • Commitment to Excellence; striving for the best educational experience through continuous improvement.

  • Everyone Learning; creating and taking opportunities that enhance lives through evidenced based practice supporting adult and pupil learning.

  • Respectful Relationships; acting with care, integrity, and fairness in all we do

The River Learning Trust is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from a range of ethnic backgrounds to represent diversity in line with our school community.

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More about River Learning Trust
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: c/o The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7EE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1865 558719

The River Learning Trust is a successful and growing Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) based in Oxfordshire.  

This is an exciting time for the Trust. We are currently responsible for a number of secondary schools, primary schools, and a SCITT (School C...