School Advisor: Leadership

Posted 25 days agoExpires in 4 days
LEEDS
Permanent
£50205 - £52465

The Diocesan Education Team serves the Diocese of Leeds Board of Education, promoting and nurturing Christian hope and high expectations in everyone who is involved in education across the Diocese.

We wish to appoint a highly motivated, talented and effective education professional to the post of School Adviser: Leadership (Primary). The successful applicant will contribute positively to our dynamic team, promoting educational excellence in our family of 241 Church schools and academies.

Based in newly refurbished offices in the centre of Leeds however regular travel across the Diocese is an expectation.

The post will offer opportunities for career development and the post holder will be encouraged to take a leading role in the formulation and delivery of Diocesan education policy and practice.

PURPOSE OF POST

As an officer of the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), to deliver statutory and income generating support, advice and guidance to diocesan Church schools.

The work of the DBE is influenced by the Church of England’s vision for education, to build and promote educational excellence and relationships across our family or schools and parishes, enabling all pupils and adults to flourish and experiences ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10)

Your work will also contribute to the furtherance of the Diocesan Strategy to support confident Christians, grow churches and to help transform all communities, underpinned by the values of loving, living and learning.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Working with and reporting to the Director and Deputy Director of Education to:

  • Be a named adviser for a portfolio of Church schools across the diocese supporting leaders, including through coaching, mentoring and challenge, to deliver highly effective and distinctive education;
  • Make a significant contribution to the pastoral support  of leaders including headteachers, principals and chairs of governors;
  • Assess and evaluate, alongside senior Church school leaders, the effectiveness of the school and contribute to the establishment of appropriate school development and improvement plans, responding where appropriate to Ofsted and SIAMS inspections and/or Local Authority / DfE review;
  • Work to highlight potential areas of outstanding practice or concern in Church schools in regards to key SIAMS areas and to broker support, where needed, from the Deputy Director(s) and School Adviser colleagues;
  • Identify and broker school development and improvement support for Church schools from strategic partners including: NLEs, SLEs, Teaching School Alliances and Multi-Academy Trusts;
  • Contribute to the Service Plan for Church schools including income generation and the delivery of bespoke services;
  • Contribute to other aspects of Church school development and improvement as directed by the Director and Deputy Director(s) to enhance educational excellence, including planning and leading a range of training;
  • Contribute to recruitment processes for the appointment of Church school leaders;
  • Contribute knowledge and understanding of pedagogy, curriculum development and assessment practice for specific phases or areas e.g. Early Years and Primary / RE / Spiritual Development, and to add to the capacity of the Education Team;
  • Contribute to the Diocesan Board of Education strategy and to have delegated responsibility for one or more areas of the work of the Team;
  • Attend, support and contribute to the work of the Diocesan Board of Education and its sub groups;
  • Confidently contribute to the mission and ministry strategy of the Diocese to transform communities through promoting Church school and parish links, clergy training and the wider work with children and young people;
  • Work closely with external partners and stakeholders e.g. Local Authority, DfE, Teaching School leads, the Church of England Education Office to ensure all engagement with Church schools is both appropriate and professionally delivered;
  • Attend regional and national conferences and training events as directed by the Director of Education.
  • To lead on an aspect of the teams’ work as designated by the director / deputy director of education.

This job description provides a guide to the duties and responsibilities of the post and is not an exhaustive list.  The post holder may be asked to undertake any other relevant duties and responsibilities appropriate and commensurate to the post. 

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

The successful candidate will meet the following personnel specification.  Please note that the listed criteria will form the basis of the selection process, therefore, candidates are advised to address these criteria carefully in their applications.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

School Adviser – Senior Leadership

CRITERIA

ESSENTIAL /

DESIRABLE

A = Application

I = Interview

T = Task

Threshold 

Have empathy with the faith and mission of the Church of England

E

A

Be committed to Church of England schools and academies as key providers of education and as part of the Church’s wider mission

E

A, I

Qualified Teacher Status

E

A

At least 4 years proven experience in senior leadership in appropriate educational setting(s) or in advisory/consultancy work, including Church of England schools

E

A

Recent and relevant Continuing Professional Development

E

A

Thorough understanding of the National Curriculum requirements and expectations

E

A

Able to travel regularly and flexibly throughout the Diocese

E

A

Further relevant qualifications e.g. Masters, NPQH

D

A

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge and understanding of leading and developing Church school distinctiveness including Collective Worship

E

A, I

Knowledge and understanding of the requirements for Religious Education

E

A, I

Current knowledge and understanding of pedagogy, curriculum development and assessment practices

E

A, T, I

Proven ability to analyse school performance information

E

A, T, I

Proven experience of working with a range of external partners to improve outcomes

E

A, I

Leading a team through external quality assurance inspections e.g. SIAMS, Ofsted

E

A, I

Ability to evaluate whole school effectiveness in order to identify areas for improvement and/or excellent practice

E

A, T, I

Ability to think creatively and work strategically

E

A, T, I

Have effective ICT skills including emails, database, internet and Microsoft Office packages

E

A, T

School to school Improvement experience e.g. LLE, NLE

D

A, I

Experience of working with governing bodies to offer support and challenge

D

A, I, T

Attributes

Personal integrity and ethical decision making

E

A, I

Ability to self-motivate, plan and prioritise

E

A, I

Emotionally aware, including discretion and confidentiality

E

A, I

Excellent interpersonal skills to a range of audiences, including leading training

E

A, I

Build relationships and work well within a team

E

A, T, I

Ability to give and receive effective feedback

E

A, T, I

Willingness and ability to actively promote the Diocesan Education Team and its traded offer to schools

E

A, I

Communicant member of the Church of England or of a church in communion with it

D

A

The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of BradfordRipon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham.  There are currently 241 Church schools and academies across the Diocese.