Education Adviser – Christian Distinctiveness

This job has now expired
Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS
Secondment from school - salary costs covered, or circa £48,000 per annum

To act as an Education Team specialist for Church schools flourishing by taking an active role in the development of Christian vision and distinctiveness, RE teaching and Collective Worship in schools, academies, federations and Multi Academy Trusts on behalf of the Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance (EDBF) and Diocesan Board of Education Committee (DBE)

In conjunction with the Director of Education:

  • Provide guidance and advice, training and support, and contribute to policy development relating to Christian vision and distinctiveness, RE teaching and Collective Worship.
  • Represent the DBE on agreed relevant local, regional and national bodies, for example SACRE and LTLRE, and advise the DBE and Exeter Diocese Education Network (EDEN) of local and national issues and best practice.
  • Monitor standards of Christian distinctiveness, RE and Collective Worship and coordinate appropriate training and support to deal with any areas for development.

For an informal conversation about this role please contact Sue Lockwood –

Qualifications and Training


  • Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Evidence of up to date professional development.


  • Qualified OFSTED/SIAMS inspector.
  • Accredited leadership training.



  • Extensive experience of working as a key member of a team, demonstrating good interpersonal skills and a collaborative style of working with a range of personnel, agencies and clients.
  • Demonstrable experience of securing effective school improvement.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and problem solving.
  • Evidence of delivering professional support and supervision of others within an organisation, with experience of recruitment, short-listing and interviewing.
  • Experience of planning and delivering high quality training for schools.


  • Experience of working across the 0-19 age range.
  • Senior leadership and management experience in schools, Local Government or equivalent (e.g. head teacher, or deputy head teacher with substantial responsibilities).



  • Excellent understanding of what represents outstanding provision in terms of RE teaching; curriculum; collective worship; Christian vision, distinctiveness and ethos; British values and personal, social and health education.
  • Up to date knowledge of how the Christian faith can be effectively transmitted throughout the life and work of church schools.
  • Fully conversant with the OFSTED and SIAMS inspection frameworks.
  • Able to analyse, interpret and utilise school data.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethos and distinctiveness of Church of England schools, school governance and school effectiveness.
  • Robust ability to hold leaders to account with sensitivity and understanding.
  • Demonstrable ability to build strong relationships at all levels and to have well developed interpersonal skills.
  • Entrepreneurial flair with the ability to generate income.
  • Strong organisational skills and able to plan and prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a broad range of people, at all levels, providing accurate and timely advice and support.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills and use of information technology.
  • A leader who values educational research and the importance of nurturing teamwork.
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook and PowerPoint.


  • Awareness of implications of the DBE Measure.
  • Undertaken own education research project(s).

General Requirements


  • Welcome visitors and receive incoming enquiries and telephone calls, dealing promptly and courteously with enquires.
  • Ensure all health and safety instructions are followed and that care is taken to ensure safety for self and colleagues, reporting concerns immediately.
  • Sensitive to the different cultures, traditions and activities within the Church, and work in a way which is consistent with the Five Guiding Principles in the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests; maintain a consistent approach to clergy and non-clergy matters.
  • Understand safeguarding in Church of England school.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practices within the Church of England’s legal context.


  • Understanding of the Church of England, its parochial system and the wider organisation of the Diocese.

Personal Requirements


  • Committed to and confident in the aims and ethos of the Diocese of Exeter and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • Commitment to the role that Church Schools play in formal education and to raising standards in Church Schools.
  • Willing to work outside of normal working hours as required.
  • A full driving licence and use of a car for work related travel.


  • Practising communicant member of the Church of England or of a church belonging to a member body of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or Churches Together in England.

Salary: Secondment from school - salary costs covered, or circa £48,000 per annum

Hours: Full-time (36.25 hours)

Location: Old Deanery, EX1 1HS and school visits/meetings across the county of Devon. Some home working may be permitted by prior agreement.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31 May.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6 June 2023.