Leadership Development Programme Lead

Posted 1 month agoExpires in 7 days
Hybrid - remote working and London
£47,941 rising to £51,549 after probation (pro rata if part time)

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 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.

Part of this provision has been as a very successful national provider of NPQ programmes over the last four years. Beginning in 2017 with the delivery of NPQs for Headteachers, our suite of programmes has now expanded to include programmes for Specialist Teachers, Senior Leaders and also Executive Leaders. More recently, a partnership between the Church of England and the Catholic Education Service is also enabling programmes to be delivered more widely as together our school provision represents around 34% of the sector.

We are looking to build the capacity of the team further and this role will include leading in one or more of the following areas:

  • Lead for small and rural school NPQs
  • Lead to NPQ Early Years and NPQ Leading Literacy in partnership with TDT

We are therefore looking for candidates with experience and credibility in at least one of these career phases/roles.

We are seeking an experienced educational leader, with a passion for creating and delivering outstanding professional development experiences.

This high-profile role will take the lead nationally for our programme delivery, securing the very best evidence-led design work, and working with a wide range of Delivery Partners in every part of the country, to ensure fantastic learning experiences for our large numbers of eager participants.

We would like to hear from you if you have an outstanding track record of impact of professional development in educational contexts, a passion for the Church of England’s vision for education, and the skills and abilities outlined below.

Full-time or Part-time flexible working available – minimum of 2 days per week.

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 contact andy.spens@churchofengland.org

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 31st August 2022.

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

Professional Responsibilities

  • Leading the design and delivery of at least one of the qualifications from the new NPQ frameworks.
  • Equipping, training and coaching facilitators to deliver the programme(s) effectively with regional cohorts.
  • Delivering elements programme content in large groups (virtually) and smaller regional groups (virtually or face to face).
  • Ensuring effective curriculum delivery and knowledge application in a range of leadership contexts.
  • Working closely with the national Coaching Leads to implement expert-led domain specific coaching for all participants.
  • Using your leadership credibility to support opportunities to attract school leaders to take part in future programmes, e.g., sharing practical and/ or research- based leadership expertise in blogs, videos, or speaking at external events.

Staff Management/Supervision

  • Working closely with the wide team of school-based Delivery Partners (Teaching School Hubs, MATs, High Performing Schools) to ensure effective delivery of the programme(s).
  • Collaborating effectively with the wider programmes team of other Programme Leads, Coaching Lead and Research Lead to implement excellent learning experiences for participants.

Quality and Standards

  • Working with the wider NPQ team to ensure the implementation of robust quality assurance processes at all stages of the programmes, and acting swiftly on feedback to implement quality improvement opportunities.
  • Ensuring that all participants on the programme are well equipped to perform effectively in their assessments, leading consistently high success rates.
  • Reviewing feedback on a regular basis and ensuring that areas for improvement are addressed through design or facilitator knowledge and skills.

Research and Development

  • Collaborating with and reporting to our NPQ Governance Group to ensure that programme content is fully underpinned by the research base, and responding to emerging research themes.
  • Working closely with school leaders of high performing schools to ensure that evidence-led leadership development thinking/practice is brought to life in the programmes.

The Requirements



  • Outstanding track record of impact of professional development in educational contexts with particular reference to at least one of Small and Rural School NPQs, NPQ Early Years and NPQ Leading Literacy with TDT and NPQSL.
  • Ability to design effective research-led approaches to leadership development.
  • Engaging presentation and facilitation skills with large and small groups, both virtually and face to face.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders – including written reports, high-profile events, and online presentations.


  • Successful senior leadership experience within the education sector.
  • Experience of designing and delivering effective leadership development course content.
  • Leadership of a wider team of professional development facilitators/coaches.
  • Clear understanding of educational landscape, including the NPQ frameworks and their research base.
  • Secure understanding of the Church of England Vision for Education and its outworking in schools.

Personal Attributes:

  • Innovative, creative and responsive to feedback.
  • Commitment to excellence and a pride in assuring quality and consistency across a wide team of facilitators.
  • Systematic and strong evidence of successful project implementation.


  • Degree level qualifications.
  • Qualified Teacher Status.



  • Postgraduate qualifications in a related field.
  • Specialist educational leadership and/or coaching qualifications.


  • Effective delivery of online/blended learning experiences using a range of technology.
  • Coaching skills and training.


  • Experience of embedding the Church of England Vision of Education within a school or systems leadership context.
  • Experience managing regional/national level projects with significant numbers of stakeholders.
  • Recent and varied experience of leadership coaching within own school or systems leadership context.

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As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

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