Religious Education and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser
Part time- 17.5 hours per week
Salary – £18,339 - £19,386 – (pro rata of FTE £36,679 - £38,773)
Closing Date – Noon on Monday 10th May 2021
Interviews – Friday, 21st May 2021
Job Commences - 1st September 2021
We are seeking to appoint an inspiring and personable candidate into this newly created post. It is an exciting opportunity to work as a key member of the Manchester Diocesan education team and this role reflects the commitment and heightened profile of our work on Religious Education, Christian distinctiveness and practice with our Church schools and academies.
The successful candidate will work directly with schools and teachers across the diocese to ensure that religious education is resourced and meets national expectations for RE in Church of England schools. The post holder will be a qualified teacher and will support schools to develop and sustain the Christian distinctiveness of schools across the diocese, actively promoting the work of the Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officers. Previous experience leading Religious Education in schools is an essential criterion for the role.
There is an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010. The post will be offered to the successful candidate subject to satisfactory references, DBS checks and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.
The Board of Education (BOE) is an incorporated statutory body of the Diocese of Manchester. It has two sub-committees, and each meets three times per year. There are also Finance and General Purposes and Schools sub-committees. The BOE governs the work of the Education Department in the Diocese, including this post.
Under the leadership of the Director, the Department contracts with independent Diocesan School Advisors (DSAs) who support the leadership, school effectiveness and governance, where necessary, of our Church of England schools.
The Department supports the leadership and management of one hundred and ninety-one Church of England schools and academies serving 58,000 pupils, and two university chaplaincies. It is the third largest in England. The Children and Youth Officers support children’s and youth work in parishes, linking with schools and the wider context of the diocese.
Please visit our website www.manchester.anglican.org/vacancies for the full job description and application form. We do not accept CVs in place of an application.
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The RE and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser is a key member of the Diocesan Education Department working collaboratively with the Diocesan Director of Education, Board of Education staff and members, Diocesan Board of Finance, Diocesan School Advisers, as well as wider Diocesan staff as appropriate. The post is line managed by the Director of Education.
The post holder contributes to the achievement of the Church’s mission and ministry in education by sharing responsibility with the Director of Education for the preservation and development of Church of England Education in Manchester Diocese and working to support the highest standards of education in diocesan schools and academies.
They ensure Religious Education is resourced and meets national expectations for RE in Church of England schools and support schools to develop and sustain the Christian distinctiveness of schools across the diocese, actively promoting the work of the Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officers in this area.
The successful candidate is committed to the following guiding principles that underpin the approach taken by the Manchester Diocesan Education Department.
‘Good schools’ foster confidence, delight, discipline in seeking wisdom, knowledge, truth, understanding, know-how, and the skills needed to shape life well.’ (CofE 2016:7). Within the Bible as well as Christian and Church culture we see both the value of wisdom seeking and the importance of teaching and learning. We are told as a child Jesus himself ‘grew in wisdom.’ (Luke 2:52).
The Religious Education and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser should understand the importance of wisdom alongside knowledge and skills and be able to demonstrate this in practice.
‘Good schools open up horizons of hope and aspiration, and guide pupils into ways of fulfilling them’. (Ibid). Demonstrating a belief in the worth of each student demands working with individuals towards them achieving their God-given potential. Hope is built on God’s ongoing love and compassion for this world and all within it. ‘Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not yet seen.’ (Hebrews 11:1).
The expectation is the Religious Education and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser upholds these values both personally and professionally and demonstrates this through their work with schools.
Good schools have a focus on a commitment to relationships and the worth of each other. There is a conviction that we are created and sustained by God for living together in families and communities. Each school is a ‘hospitable community that seeks to embody an ethos of living well together.’ (Ibid). Pupils and staff should be encouraged to flourish. Living well together stems from the command to ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ (Luke 10:27).
The Religious Education and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser must recognise the importance of healthy relationships and understand the value of community.
Good schools show commitment to the dignity and human worth of each person, rooted in the belief that all are created in the image of God and loved by God. In line with Jesus’ teaching special attention is to be shown to ‘the disadvantaged, excluded, despised and feared.’ Each individual should be given opportunities to live ‘life in all its’ fullness.’ ‘Ensuring children are kept safely from harm and educated in an environment where all God’s children are valued is of highest priority.’
The Religious Education and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser must demonstrate this belief through word and deed.
In addition, the post holder will be a qualified teacher and will support schools to develop and sustain the Christian distinctiveness of schools across the diocese, actively promoting the work of the Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officers. Previous experience leading Religious Education in schools is an essential criterion for the role.
The Diocese of Manchester is the Church of England in Bolton, Bury, Leigh, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, and parts of Rossendale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. To find out more about the unique make-up of the diocese and its diverse activities, please visit our website: www.manchester.anglican.org
Please visit www.manchester.anglican.org/vacancies for the full job description and application form. We do not accept CVs in place of an application.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.