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Job details
Employer Wakefield Council
Location Wakefield
Salary Competitive salary
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed

Lead School Improvement Adviser

Competitive Salary

On the back of recent improvements in outcomes and a positive Ofsted school improvement inspection, Wakefield is keen to maintain and extend positive progress across all aspects of education provision, ensuring improved outcomes for all learners. We’ve been developing new and exciting ways to deliver school support functions to respond to the on-going changes in the sector and as such we are now seeking an ambitious, determined, and highly effective education leader to join our team as Lead School Improvement Adviser, reporting directly to the Head of School Strategy and Performance.

As Lead Adviser, you will lead and be accountable for the performance of School Improvement Advisers and other school improvement staff in their work to support and challenge schools. In addition, you will lead the Authority’s work towards its ambition to raise standards so that the proportion of pupils in good or better schools exceeds the national indicator. 

You’ll bring:

  • a successful track record of leading and implementing strategies to drive continuous improvement with evidence of leading and managing change in the education sector; 
  • proven successful leadership in at least one school judged to be good or better by OfSTED; and 
  • successful experience of managing staff and delivery of targets and objectives.

We are looking for candidates with clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the education sector, a strong background in partnership working, and a thorough understanding of the school inspection framework. The ability to engage confidently and win trust will be key, by listening to schools, being clear on expectations and delivering what is agreed. You’ll be visible and accessible to schools and ready to ask difficult questions to encourage innovation, improvement in performance and accountability. You’ll understand what good practice looks like, be relentless in your desire to improve attainment and be ready to invest the time and commitment into key relationships to achieve this. 

In return, you will be part of a diverse, dynamic and high performing Team and will lead initiatives and services which will have a real and direct impact upon the life chances of the children and young people of Wakefield.  

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Jo Fish or Rachel Singer at Navigate on 0113 287 8445. To find out more, please visit

Closing date: 5pm, Monday 30th October 2017.

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Wakefield city is a historic seat of regional government in Yorkshire and for two centuries provided the county headquarters of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Today the city retains its strong tradition of public servic...

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