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Director of Development and Strategy

The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT)Sidcup, Kent

Developing Our Family 

We know a lot can be said with just three words. Three words can hold depths of meaning beyond anything pages of prose can convey. ‘Developing Our Family’ are three such words. 

Inspiring Learners and Changing Lives

The new role of Director of Development and Strategy has been designed to help us continue developing the TKAT Family for years to come. In recent times, we have come together like never before; our Head Teachers tell us that the support we give our schools is second to none. In support of our ongoing focus on continuously improving Teaching and Learning, we have developed a number of exciting trust wide initiatives, such as the ACE programme (A Champion for Everychild), Metacurriculum design, Readers are Leaders and Wellbeing that have seen enormous improvements around learning for our most vulnerable children.  Alongside these we have recently launched a new Leadership development programme for all our senior leaders, which is already receiving fantastic feedback. We have always said that we’re ‘a bit different’, but there’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the TKAT team. 

We are now looking for someone to lead the next chapter of professional development and strategy realisation across the trust. This will include oversight of the Learning and Development Network; trust-wide strategic projects designed to eliminate barriers to learning for our most disadvantaged children; strategic and practical curriculum support to our schools; promoting and enabling everyday flexibility of working and to develop our leadership teams beyond what may have previously been considered their potential. 

Roles in TKAT ask for passion, understanding, teamwork, empathy and, above all, a genuine love for the profession. As part of the Trust’s SLT, this role offers the kind of rewards you can only find from improving the prospects and life chances for literally tens of thousands of children and young people.

If you can talk to us about your experience in supporting school improvement, your strategic approach in leading professional development across an organisation, your ability to work as part of a close-knit team and your demonstrable impact as a leader, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please email Claire Lee, PA to the CEO, at to arrange a suitable time.


TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment will be subject to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Our Commitment - Equal, Inclusive, Diverse

TKAT is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity by encouraging and welcoming differences, listening to individual experiences, aspirations and accomplishments and learning how to grow better together. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic; this includes applicants wishing to work flexibly.

Access to interview 

Should you be selected and invited to interview please let us know if you require us to adapt the interview environment. If we can accommodate practical workplace adjustments to assist we will.

How to Apply 

Prospective candidates are welcome to make an initial application by, sending a CV and covering letter to or via the ‘Apply’ link on this page which will ask you to complete a TKAT application form, but please note that all applicants who reach the Longlisting stage will then be asked to complete a full application form if they have not already done so. 

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