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Academic Researcher and Writer

Mulberry School for GirlsTower Hamlets

Are you an academic researcher and writer with a Master’s degree or above in fields related to education, public administration, government or social policy? Are you passionate about the impact of disadvantage on schools and their communities? Have you a commitment to the education of girls and young women, in the UK and internationally? Do you want to make a difference and be part of shaping the future for young people?


We might have the role for you. We are seeking an outstanding specialist academic researcher and writer at the Mulberry Schools Trust, a well-known and growing multi-academy trust in Tower Hamlets, East London.


Our Trust

The Mulberry Schools Trust was formed following the 50th anniversary of Mulberry School for Girls in 2014/15, when the Board of trustees and the Chief Executive created a family of schools that has at its heart inclusion, equality of opportunity and a striving for educational excellence.

Mulberry School for Girls, the founding school, is a high achieving, academically focused and successful girls’ school for students aged 11 to 18. Based in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, it is a place where students are encouraged to develop their ambitions and strive for success.

Our Community

We are committed to supporting young people to overcome the barriers that poverty and social exclusion create, ensuring that all students are able to achieve their full potential. This has inspired us to build up a broad network of partnerships, incubating and invigorating student experience, opportunity, drive and success. 

There should be no barriers to a child’s future and society should, and can, be a level playing field. Aspiring for this to be reality we promise to:

• Emphasise high quality subject teaching, reinforced by excellent support for learning and intervention.

• Deliver inclusion services that assist personal development.

• Provide excellent pastoral care so no student goes unsupported.

• Continually develop strong leadership and have high levels of expertise in education.


Our partners

We want our students to have access to the same professional connections which young people from more privileged backgrounds can utilise. To make this a reality we have a wide range external partners in higher education, business, industry, the arts and the sciences who contribute extensively and fundamentally to our extra-curricular activities.

• Bank of America Merrill Lynch

• Barts Health NHS Trust

• British Film Institute

• London Stock Exchange Group

• Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd

• National Theatre

• The Prince’s Trust

• Southbank Centre

• WOW Foundation

• University of Cambridge 


The Role

This role involves working closely with the CEO to plan and undertake reviews of existing research literature in areas related to the Trust’s work and to write drafts of reports for the CEO. This is a really exciting fixed term role, with the possibility of extension. 

Key areas of the Trust’s work which will be the research focus of this role are:


• School, disadvantage and achievement including intersectionality

• The importance of schools’ relationship with ‘place’ in raising achievement

• The education of girls and young women, in the UK and internationally


What we’re looking for

We want someone who can lead the development of the Mulberry Schools Trust’s evidence base for research on quantitative and qualitative research projects. 


You will have a high level of initiative and self-motivation and a proven record of academic paper writing skills with evidence of successful publication




You will have an unshakeable belief that all children deserve an excellent school environment and your work will have a significant positive impact on students’ personal development, well-being and achievement.


Bringing Down Barriers to Success

We are proud to inspire our students through a diverse and representative teams and welcome applications from all of the communities we serve. 

If you have the experience and passion to energise Tower Hamlets next generation of leaders, creators and innovators, then we want to see how we can support you in that pursuit.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities. We want the best staff and we know that means a diverse staff.


Encouraging a happy and healthy work environment

We take staff wellbeing seriously at Mulberry Schools Trust, here are just some of the great benefits for all staff.

• Local Government Pension scheme

• Employee assistance programme and support

• Free breakfast 

• Free gym onsite 

• Paid sabbatical opportunities

• Free onsite parking

• Subsidised staff restaurant with outdoor roof terrace

• Annual programme of conferences and Trust wide events with high profile speakers

• Cycle to work scheme

• Annual service award

• Long service awards 


How to Apply

If this sounds like the role for you then please submit your full CV and covering letter explaining why you are the perfect person for this rare and exciting opportunity. We are particularly interested to see references to your research and/or publications. Please send your completed application documents to us at hr@mulberryschoolforgirls.org.

In line with our safer recruitment policy we ask that you please ensure your full education and employment history is listed on your CV, including any gaps. 

If you have any questions about the role or the process, please get in touch with us at hr@mulberryschoolforgirls.org

Closing Date: 20th September 2021 at 5.00pm

Interview Date:  The interviews will be held onsite at Mulberry School for Girls 

Start Date: October 2021

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will require an enhanced DBS clearance. We are dedicated to equality and valuing diversity.



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