Academy School Improvement Expert, Sheffield

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Department for Education (DFE)Sheffield

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Contract type: Part Time
Salary: £58,607 pro rata
Contract term: Fixed Term

Part time (3 days per week) 6 - 9 month contract

You are a specialist in school improvement with a passion for unlocking children’s potential. This is a unique opportunity to make a significant difference in a fast paced, high profile field of education, at a time of significant growth and change.

At the Department for Education, we have a vision to provide world-class education and care for every child and young person. Today, there are over 6,000 open academies, free schools, studio schools and University Technical Colleges in the UK. Their numbers are increasing rapidly. We will look to you to work alongside our Regional Schools Commissioner for East Midlands and the Humber - an area which spans 17 local authorities and more than 1,000 open academies.

Sharing your expert school improvement knowledge with the Commissioner’s team, you will help them to become better partners to trusts across our region. In particular, you will support the further development of a range of school improvement strategies designed for academies. Key areas of focus will include how we tackle underperformance via intervention, and how we use early warning indicators to prevent failure in schools. We will also look to you to work with Education Advisors across the region, and to facilitate the sharing of school improvement best practice gained from academies across the region and beyond.

To be equal to the challenge, you will need a relevant track record. You may join us from any area of the education system, but you must be highly skilled in school improvement. Your expertise ranges from developing and delivering school improvement strategies, to advising others on improvement activities and practice. We expect you to demonstrate experience of reviewing strategies and improving governance, leadership, people development and financial planning. With a collaborative approach and a flair for partnership working, you will relish this opportunity to work alongside schools, academy trusts, local authorities and other key stakeholders.

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Closing date: 29 September 2017.

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