Lead School Improvement Adviser for English
Salary - £59,325 - £62,556 | Based in Kingston | Permanent | 0.6fte
There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.
If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further, we want to hear from you. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.
About the role
You will work closely with the other Lead School Improvement Adviser for English to plan and lead support for schools on English, keeping up to date with legislation, statutory frameworks, current research and national policy related to English, predominantly for children aged 5-11 years. As Lead School Improvement Adviser for English for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for
- Disseminating key information about English to schools and working closely with other members of the School Improvement Team and the Lead Adviser for Early Years, to drive improvement from a position of understanding, research and knowledge of good practice.
- Planning and delivering bespoke support and training; to support and empower senior school leaders and English leaders, identifying effective practice to share with other schools.
- Planning and leading a range of networks and conferences for English.
- Moderation and monitoring activities for KS1 and KS2 statutory assessment, working closely with the other LSIAs, the Lead School Performance Adviser and the AfC Intelligence Team.
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government.
To be Lead School Improvement Adviser for English for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following
- A proven track record as a successful senior or middle leader within a school or school improvement organisation, with experience of effective English development.
- Significant recent experience of teaching the KS1 and KS2 national curriculum in England and carrying out statutory assessments in Year 1, Year 2 or Year 6.
- Deep knowledge of research and understanding of strategies for effective quality first teaching, with evidence of how this has been used to inform and improve practice.
- Strong understanding of prevailing Ofsted frameworks for the inspection of schools, KS1 and KS2 national curriculum requirements, statutory legislation and national policy that affect schools.
- Experience of building effective partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders.
- Proven ability to support and coach other professionals to facilitate change and improvement.
- Excellent skills in designing and delivering innovative training for a variety of stakeholders, using blended approaches, face-to-face and online training platforms.
About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
- Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures.
- Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
- A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
- A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
- Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all.
- Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation.
- A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.
1 January 2022.
Closing Date: 21st September 2021 at 12pm (noon)
Interview date: 27 September 2021
Details on who to contact for more information or for an informal discussion, please look at the role profile.
Achieving for Children is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.