Head of Curriculum and Inclusion (Parental Leave Cover)

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Hybrid/Home working
£63,034 per annum

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 has established a core strand of work in line with its strategic priorities to development curriculum and inclusion.

As a result of a successful bid to the Racial Justice Commission, we have formed a Curriculum and Inclusion team which encompasses the Education Office’s wide-ranging Racial Justice work (delivering on From Lament to Action and the Education Office Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 5 year plan. This team will also work with the Education Office’s Policy and SIAMS teams to advise on matters relating to Religious Education (RE), Collective Worship (CW) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

As a result of the postholder being on parental leave, we are seeking an outstanding Head of Curriculum and Inclusion for one year, who will oversee all of our strategic relationships across the Curriculum space, with a specific focus on Religious Education, Collective Worship and Human Sexuality. In addition, the post will co-ordinate the Education Office’s work on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, leading the Racial Justice and Inclusion team.

Please note that this role is being offered on a fixed-term contract lasting for 12 months.

As Head of Curriculum and Inclusion, you will support schools across the country to deliver highly impactful curricula which liberate and empower children and communities, through enabling the development of resources, the shaping of policy and the training of teachers/ education staff.

You will ensure that the work of the Education Office (including the Foundation for Educational Leadership) deeply prioritises issues of diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels – through its networks and programmes - leading to significantly more diverse representation within the UK sector and beyond.

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.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Emily Norman at emily.norman@churchofengland.org

Closing date for applications will be on the 27th January 2023.

Interviews will be held on 3rd February 2023.

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


  • Collaborate with MATs, schools and the Church of England Education Office Policy and SIAMS teams to shape policy in relation to RE, CW and SRE leading to excellent outcomes for children and young people nationally.
  • Oversee the work of two key working groups on Religion and worldviews and Collective worship and Human sexuality to update out thinking and produce resources for use across our networks.
  • Oversee the Curriculum and Inclusion team in building and sustaining excellent relationships with key stakeholders within the RE, CW and RSE sector – within dioceses and MATs, as well as national partner organisations (e.g. REC, NATRE, CES) and the Department for Education.
  • Represent the Education Office at key stakeholder events and networking opportunities.
  • Oversee the development of curriculum resources and support materials which enable schools to deliver academically rigorous, highly inclusive and accessible teaching which enables all children and young people to flourish.
  • Engage with the infrastructure for dioceses, MATs and schools to host and join networks and programmes which enhance their understanding of the curriculum.
  • Ensure that practice is underpinned by research and is academically rigorous.
  • Update Valuing all God’s Children in the light of emerging guidance from the Department for Education and the Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith work.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Oversee the implementation of the Education Office’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, as part of the wider Church of England Vision/Strategy work to become ‘Younger and More Diverse’, addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality and SEND inequality.
  • Hold the Education Office team to account for ensuring a culture in which staff from UKME/GMH backgrounds can thrive.
  • Enable the Racial Justice team to successfully implement From Lament to Action within the education sector, including meeting ambitious targets for UKME/GMH representation at Headteacher level across the country.
  • Grow and sustain network and programme opportunities for leaders specifically focused on diversity, equity and inclusion and the intersectionality of issues relating to diversity.
  • Develop key resources to support leadership development in this area (including but not limited to ensuring this focus across the NPQ suite), including theological reflection and curriculum development.
  • Oversee the collection of data (both qualitative and quantitative) around diverse representation which benchmarks provision and enables accurate target setting.
  • Ensure mechanisms are established which enable the safe and effective gathering of pupil voice, to inform the Education Office’s work within the sector.
  • Work with the wider NCIs and church to communicate the work of the Education Office, enabling partnership working between churches and schools in DEI.

The Requirements


  • Strong relationship building with a wide variety of partners within and beyond the organisation.
  • High quality presentation skills with a range of senior audiences, establishing trust, credibility and action planning.
  • Entrepreneurial/visionary leadership with the ability to effect change and significant organisational growth.
  • Systematic organisational skills in relation to managing a very significant number of relationships and contractual agreements.
  • Credibility in curriculum development, particularly in a primary school context.
  • Ability to navigate complex and contentious spaces wisely and sensitively, and engage in difficult and uncomfortable conversations where necessary.


  • School leadership experience at a senior level.
  • Experience working with strategic educational stakeholders, both within and beyond the Church of England system.
  • Deep understanding of research underpinning effective networking and partnership development.
  • Building and facilitating networks within an educational context.
  • Theological reflection and strong track record of presentation, facilitation and resource creation.
  • Deep understanding of the short-term action and long-term systemic change required of our organisation in relation to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Experience of being responsible as a budget holder and ability to manage complex projects within a fixed budget.

Personal Attributes:

  • Credibility and relationship building – establishing trust and delivering on expectations.
  • Blend of educational thinking and theological reflection.
  • Passion for the flourishing of adults and children.
  • Patience and resilience under pressure.
  • Strong sense of collegiality and team.



  • Postgraduate qualifications in Theology, Education, Leadership or related field.


  • Digital networking experience using social media and other platforms effectively to communicate and build networks.
  • Curriculum development expertise.


  • Understanding of wider Church of England Vision and Strategy work with particular reference to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Experience overseeing major events such as conferences, network events, international collaborations.
  • Membership of a national RE body (past or present), with extensive understanding of the national RE landscape.
  • Experience of conducting inspections (SIAMS or Ofsted).

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Our emerging values

  • We strive for excellence
  • We collaborate
  • We act with integrity
  • We show compassion
  • We respect others

We welcome everyone and we accept and value people for who they are and what they contribute, treating others in the way we would wish to be treated ourselves. We actively listen to and include others, encouraging and enabling everyone’s voice to be heard in discussions and decisions. When we disagree, we aim to disagree well with respect and kindness.

We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people. Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we’re looking for then we would like to hear from you. If there is anything we can do to support you in your application please get in touch via email to hr.recruitment@churchofengland.org.

  • As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.
  • We are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.