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Job details
Employer UCL Institute of Education
Location Camden
Salary £42,304 - £49,904 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Fixed Term
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts 01/02/2017

The appointment will be full time on UCL Grade 8. The salary range will be £42,304 - £49,904 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training (SENJIT) is a collaboration between local authorities, federations and teaching schools. SENJIT is based in the Dept of Psychology and Human Development at the UCL Institute of Education.

The MITA Facilitator/Trainer will have a prominent role in coordinating and contributing to one of the IOE’s flagship knowledge exchange projects, providing consultancy and training on two aspects of our Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) initiative:

  1. A new efficacy trial of MITA, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The postholder will take a key role in the organisation and delivery of the project, in particular leading and delivering school improvement and staff Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. For more information, visit
  2. To assist in the delivery, coordination and promotion of the MITA Direct programme for school leaders, and conduct school-based training via our Maximising the Practice of Teaching Assistants (MPTA) course. MPTA is a joint-CPD project with University of East London.

For both 1 & 2, the postholder will be required to coordinate and contribute to strategic development training sessions for school leaders, undertake school-based reviews of the use of TAs, and provide strategic and operational advice to school leaders on improving the preparation, deployment and development of TAs. You will also lead on delivering our MPTA training for TAs and teachers. Additionally, the postholder will contribute to the strategic development and implementation of MITA & MPTA, with a view to ensuring their scalability and sustainability.

This post is funded and available from 01/02/2017 until 30/06/2018 in the first instance.

The ideal candidate must have Qualified Teacher Status and must be able to demonstrate a successful record of implementing and overseeing sustainable strategic, organisational change, as either a school leader or as a senior LA advisor or consultant on school improvement. They should have experience of improving the quality of school leadership (e.g. in a coaching role) within their own school and/or across a group of schools. It is a considerable advantage if your experience includes school workforce reform or improving SEN provision.

The postholder must have experience of designing and implementing professional learning programmes at the school leadership and classroom level, and of promoting and recruiting schools to CPD and/or school improvement courses.

The postholder will require knowledge and understanding of: 1) analytical approaches to reviewing schools practice, identifying areas of strength and prioritising areas for improvement; 2) strategic leadership and planning, particularly in relation to workforce development and professional learning; and 3) the effective implementation of evidence-informed programmes in educational settings.

Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for teaching and collaborative work, including interacting with school leaders in dynamic and challenging educational environments are essential, as is a flexible approach to work. The postholder will be required to work semi-autonomously and work as a part of a small IOE-based team and expanded team of professionals on the EEF MITA project. This post will involve travel and some overnight stays.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1615155.

For further details about this post please email Gill Brackenbury (

Closing Date: 11 December 2016.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

UCL Institute of Education
Department of Psychology and Human Development

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Phase Higher Education
Gender Mixed

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Department of Psychology and Human Development
25 Woburn Square
United Kingdom
+44 20 7612 6304