Head of School Improvement

Head of School Improvement

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Education and Partnerships team at Somerset County Council for a Head of School Improvement.

The county council has a system leadership role in contributing to high performing schools and good outcomes for children and young people in the county. This individual must have an unusually broad understanding of how schools work across all phases (primary, secondary, and special) in order to be the subject expert in a wide range of multi-agency contexts and represent the views and perspectives of education.

Achieving this means this postholder working in partnership with other organisations with a role in school improvement, including school phase associations, multi-academy trusts, the office of the Regional Schools Commissioner, Ofsted, trade unions, Dioceses, the Teaching School Hub and multi-agency partners.

Education has undergone vast changes over the past few decades, including fundamental changes to the role of local authorities in education. As a result, school improvement is evolving and there is a need for local authorities to play a different kind of role in the education world than has been the case in the past.

The Head of School Improvement position offers a rare opportunity for the right person to lead a high performing and ambitious team to re-imagine what that role might be for the future.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a wide breadth of skills and experiences including:

  • Credible and relevant education leadership sufficient to secure the confidence of Somerset headteachers and other senior leaders locally and regionally
  • The ability to think strategically about systems and experience of managing change without the use of direct levers of control
  • Experience working collaboratively with stakeholders at all levels to devise and negotiate joint solutions and provide challenge and support on performance
  • The ability to identify risks that could inhibit schools’ effectiveness and seek creative solutions to mitigate and limit their impact
  • An understanding of evidence-based practice in education and the characteristics of schools that achieve for children in a wide range of different contexts
  • Knowledge of education policy and practice, including national curriculum assessment and moderation procedures and the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework.

Additional information

To request an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sarah Osborne (sosborne@somerset.gov.uk).

Please note the closing date for applications is 16 April 2021 and interviews are scheduled for 26 April 2021.  All interviews will take place virtually via MS Teams.

As this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

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