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The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership was set up in 2017 with the mission to ‘develop inspirational leaders who are called, connected, committed to deliver the Church of England vision for education’. Since then, it has operated a wide range of leadership development programmes, networks, research, conference and events, and published a range of key leadership resources to equip school leaders at every level to put their vision into practice.
A core priority for our mission is to radically increase the number of leaders (senior leaders, Headteachers, MAT Executive leads) from a UKME background. In addition, our vision for transformational racial justice work includes training and development, curriculum design, theological reflection all contributing to a radical culture change across our system. As a result of a significant investment in this long term work, we are delighted to bring this new post to our Education team.
This is complex, brave work requiring innovation, wisdom, contrition, passion, integrity and highly developed interpersonal skills.
We cannot tolerate the current structural inequalities in the system, and recognise our part in reinforcing institutional racism for generations. This role is to take a national lead on changing this picture, creating a different story and working with our whole senior team, and every Diocese, to make a lasting change to an education system focused on the flourishing of all.
We are seeking an experienced educational leader with a passion for racial justice, belonging and inclusion work who would like to extend their local or regional impact onto the national stage, and work closely with our Head of Partnerships & Inclusion to implement our 5-year strategic plan and to incorporate the work of the Education Leadership team in this area into the vision and strategy of the Racial Justice Unit.
As National Education Lead for Racial Justice, you will strategically lead the delivery of the Church of England Education Office’s Strategy on racial justice, working with the Racial Justice Unit, senior stakeholders, school leaders, MAT leaders and Dioceses to implement this on a national scale.
We would like to hear from you if you have an outstanding track record of impact of professional development in Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and successful senior leadership experience within the education sector, together with the skills and abilities required below.
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.
We are willing to consider both part-time and flexible working arrangements.
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.
Please contact Andy Wolfe, Executive Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal conversation.
Interviews will be held w/c 25 April 2022.
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