School Improvement Manager

Reference HQ00019311
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initial three months
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £32.61 to £33.82 per hour

About the job:

We are seeking a School improvement manager on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council, to Ensure delivery of a range of school improvement and intervention services as detailed in the Learning Skills and Education Service Development Plan and primary legislation to deliver continuing improvement in outcomes in all schools.

This is a temporary job for an initial three months.

  • Ensure delivery of a range of school improvement and intervention services as detailed in the Learning Skills and Education Service Development Plan and primary legislation to deliver continuing improvement in outcomes in all schools
  • Responsibility for challenging and supporting maintained schools, ensuring they are an effective member of the School Effectiveness team, developing school-to-school support plans which are in place where required. Share good practice, co-ordinate, broker and facilitate school-to-school support.
  • Responsible for maintaining effective communications with allocated schools acting as the first point of contact for the Head Teacher for School Improvement issues and signposting Head Teachers to other appropriate services such as Safeguarding, governance, finance, HR, legal, and Education Inclusion.
  • Develop a customised and coherent approach as the strategic lead within the School Effectiveness Team for a priority area, for example governance, subject specific specialisms, attendance and inclusion.
  • Responsible for advising the School Effectiveness Team leader on the need for formal school intervention where appropriate and work with the Principal School Improvement Manager to exercise those powers of intervention.
  • Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the impact of the work of school based colleagues to support school improvement across the county. Monitor, evaluate and, where appropriate, challenge performance on a regular basis, according to school categorisation and as triggers occur.
  • Safeguarding commitment (Include for roles involving work with children/vulnerable adults) We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults. We require you to understand and demonstrate this commitment.
  • Ensure delivery of a range of school improvement and intervention services as detailed in the LSE Service Development Plan and primary legislation to deliver continuing improvement in outcomes in allocated schools.
  • Work as part of the school effectiveness team to challenge and support maintained schools, ensuring school-to-school support plans are in place where required. Share good practice, co-ordinate, broker and facilitate school-to-school support
  • Maintain effective communications with allocated schools acting as the first point of contact for the Head Teacher for School Improvement issues and signposting Head Teachers to other appropriate services such as Safeguarding, finance, HR, legal, and Education Inclusion.
  • Provide support to the school effectiveness team as required within:

-Assessment and Moderation

– Attendance and Inclusion

-Data systems and Analysis of Pupil Outcomes

– Disadvantaged pupils and Pupil Premium Strategy

– Early Years and Primary Education

– Improvement Partnerships such as with partnership head teachers, teaching schools and MATs

– Management of complaints relating to schools

-New Head Teacher Induction

-Newly Qualified Teachers

– SACRE

– Safeguarding

– Secondary and Post 16 Education

– SEND and Vulnerable groups

– Subject Specific Specialisms, e.g.:

– Reading

– Writing

– Mathematics

– Phonics

– Teaching and Learning

  • Work across NCC teams and other agencies to ensure that improvement planning and the work of school improvement colleagues is aligned.
  • Ensure that school level planning informs the development of an overall county/area plan for school improvement such that the County Council is fully appraised of the quality of education in each of its schools.
  • Advise the Team Leader, other officers and where appropriate members, on the needs of schools to enable sustainable school improvement.
  • Advise the Team Leader and Service Manager on the need for formal school intervention where appropriate and work with the HOSSE to exercise those powers of intervention.
  • Monitor, evaluate and, where appropriate, challenge performance on a regular basis as triggers occur.
  • Manage resources to meet business priorities and financial targets.
  • Report to officers, schools, stakeholders and elected members as required on the progress and achievement of learners across the county.
  • Act as the Director’s nominated professional representative to support the selection process for head teachers in maintained schools.
  • Demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is always taken for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with the policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the department.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of regional and local priorities for
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the Ofsted Framework for schools.
  • Specific knowledge of the primary or secondary curriculum and
  • Expertise in one or more priority areas for example: Assessment
  • and moderation, Safeguarding, SEND and Vulnerable groups,
  • governance, attendance and Inclusion.
  • Knowledge of” Keeping Children Safe in Education” and
  • safeguarding legislation.
  • Skills Expertise in data analysis for evaluation and monitoring
  • Ability to work with a team’s effectively and to bring out the best
  • in people as well as to hold people to account and uphold
  • council values and policies.
  • Ability to manage budgets effectively.
  • Ability to network, build professional relationships and influence
  • groups of people.
  • Reflective, innovative, enthusiastic, efficient, effective, resilient.
  • Excellent written and oral communicator. Ability to communicate
  • clearly and professionally with large groups of peer professionals.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Proven successful management in school or local authority settings.
  • Substantial and effective teaching experience in at least two key stages.
  • Evidence of detailed phase specific knowledge or lead area
  • The ability to demonstrate successful leadership and management skills.
  • Evidence in improving outcomes
  • Experience in the successful management of change and project management.
  • Any education or subject related degree: e.g. B.A; B Ed, B.Sc.
  • Recognised teaching qualification
  • Any teaching qualification such as B. Ed, QTS, NPQH, PGCE
  • Evidence of Further Professional Development
  • Any further related qualification such as : NPQH, NPQSL, NPQML, NPQPSI, M. Ed
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • 3% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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