National Collective Worship, RE and Curriculum Adviser

Posted 10 days agoExpires in 10 days
Negotiable
Employee
£46,771 - £50,292 (after probation)

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The Church of England Education Office is a public facing operation through which the Church of England engages within the educational landscape. It is a combination of the work of the National Society (NS) and the Archbishops’ Council’s (AC) work in education and through the NS, a strategic plan has been developed and agreed for the education office’s work. The strategic plan has three elements: “Developing Leaders, Shaping Policy and Growing Faith”. These three areas are held together as a coherent whole since the development of leaders is vital to the successful delivery of policy and Growing Faith.

As National Collective Worship, RE and Curriculum Adviser, you will work with diocesan teams and other experts in the sector to ensure that the National Society is able to influence the development of policy in a variety of curricula areas, and support its implementation through dioceses and schools.

You will provide specialist advice and develop policy and resources in a variety of Church school related curricula areas, in order to promote the Christian character of Church schools.

To be successful, you will need an expert knowledge and approach to lead the development of the Church’s statutory education provision, by safeguarding and developing Christian character and distinctiveness through Collective Worship, RE and other related curricula initiatives.

We are taking a flexible approach to work, with many colleagues opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Further details will be discussed at interview.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contactnigel.genders@churchofengland.org

Interviews will be held on the 14th December 2021

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

Developing, implementing and monitoring strategy, policy and provision in relation to:

  • Church school character and distinctiveness
  • Collective Worship
  • Religious Education
  • Curriculum development

Encouraging and monitoring research in relation to church school character, distinctiveness and spiritual development, especially focussing on the role that high quality inclusive, invitational and inspirational collective worship plays in the spiritual life of a Church school.

Leading the National RE Policy and Development work:

  • Leading our work with DfE promoting the role, purpose and place of RE in the curriculum
  • Developing a balanced approach to RE which includes theological depth; working with exam awarding bodies to ensure this balance approach is available in GCSE and A level syllabi
  • Providing support and advice for diocesan RE advisers
  • Promotion of the Church of England Statement of Entitlement for RE
  • Promotion of and future development of resources such as Understanding Christianity

Ensuring the Christian character of schools is sustained through a focus on:

  • Relationships, Health and Sex Education (including interaction with Valuing all God’s Children and Living in Love and Faith)
  • Other areas of the curriculum Inclusion

Contributing to the Church of England’s voice in the education sector, exercising system leadership and influence of other senior education stakeholders.

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Ability to develop and promote policies and initiatives which will add value and be implemented across a complex institution and sector where authority is widely dispersed
  • A good and persuasive negotiator with highly developed political skills and judgement
  • The natural authority and initiative of a senior education leader
  • Ability to prioritise work swiftly and manage the delivery of outcomes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to reflect theologically, especially on the missiological significance of education in the context of the Church

Knowledge/Experience:

  • A professional understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Church in education
  • Knowledge of current issues in relation to RE, Collective Worship and Relationships, Sex and Health Education
  • Proven successful experience of working in an advisory role
  • Track record of delivering projects on time to a high standard
  • Knowledge of the work of a Diocesan Board of Education

Personal Attributes:

  • An understanding of and sensitivity to the range of theological views within the Church of England

Education:

  • Degree or equivalent

Desirable

Education:

  • Educational and/or theological qualification at post-graduate level

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience of ecumenical working
  • Experience of inter-faith working

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