Diocesan Schools Adviser (Governance and Admissions)

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£20,466 - £22,055 (actual salary) Dependant on experience

Job Summary

To work alongside the officers of the Board of Education to provide effective advice, training and support to Schools, Governing Bodies and PCC’s in matters relating to Church School governance and admissions.

21 hours per week

Interviews will take place on 28th August 2018

Key responsibilities, in consultation with the Directors and other officers, include:

  • To develop policy and strategy proposals for all matters relating to school governance and school admissions for consideration by the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE).
  • To ensure that DBE policies and strategies concerning school governance and school admissions are implemented effectively.
  • To develop policy, practice and guidance documentation for governors in matters relating to governance and admissions for Church schools.
  • To visit governing bodies, as appropriate, to provide support and advice on matters of governance or admissions.
  • To provide specific advice regarding Admission and Exclusion Appeals.
  • To devise and deliver appropriate INSET on matters relating to inspection, admissions, appeals and exclusions and to develop links with LEAs, the NW dioceses and other providers in this regard.
  • To review and update training programme on an annual basis.
  • To coordinate arrangements for diocesan meetings for governors.
  • To ensure changes to Instruments of Government as may be necessary.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient appointment of Foundation governors to school governing bodies.
  • To work with LEA officers/advisers in relation to Church schools causing concern on issues of governance or admissions.
  • To support the establishment of new and reorganised schools, including those converting to academy status, working as appropriate with temporary governing bodies and headteachers.
  • To report on a regular basis to the Executive Committee (Schools and R.E.) on any matters of significance concerning governance and admissions.
  • To represent the Diocese on formal LEA and statutory bodies.
  • To represent the Diocese at LEA liaison meetings and at public consultations, especially regarding school organisation matters.
  • To visit deanery synods and parishes to promote the work of Church schools.

Essential requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs, A*-C, 9-4, or equivalent (including English).
  • Current Driving Licence.
  • Fully supportive of the work of the Church of England in education.
  • Experience of schools, educational/local government administration, governing body and admission processes or some other relevant background.
  • Experience of training and advising others.
  • Knowledge of the national educational framework relating to schools.
  • Ability to deliver quality training.
  • Good organisational skills, able to use initiative, plan realistically and achieve targets.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to continuous personal professional development.
  • Respectful, Professional, Dynamic and Collaborative.
  • Good communication skills; written and oral.
  • Enthusiasm and a commitment to working with colleagues and schools.
  • Self motivation and willingness to undertake INSET.
  • Flexibility to meet short term deadlines when necessary.
  • Availability to work outside office hours, including evening meetings and attendance at conferences both locally and nationally.
  • Awareness of the importance of confidentiality.

Desirable requirements

  • Educated to degree level (or equiv.).
  • Educated to A level standard (or equiv.).
  • Experience of working with members of differing faiths.
  • Knowledge of the distinctive nature of Church Schools.

The Education Department supports Church of England schools and academies across the Diocese of Liverpool. The 119 schools within the Diocese of Liverpool have the potential to reach over 30,000 young people every day, and to provide them with a strong grounding in both academic and spiritual education.

We support on a wide range of matters particularly through curriculum and management support and training, support for governing bodies (especially for senior staff appointments) and support for buildings related capital projects in voluntary aided schools.