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School Effectiveness Facilitators (Sessional): Institute of Education

The University is seeking to attract additional high quality and experienced sessional staff to contribute to an expanding range of programmes related to school effectiveness and raising achievement initiatives.

This work is high profile and includes all education settings.

All applicants will have substantial successful UK school experience in senior leadership and/or Headship. Applicants must have UK Qualified Teacher Status. In addition, all applicants will be required to demonstrate ability and credibility in working with schools across the full range of performance levels including those in challenging circumstances and in supporting schools, leadership teams and/or teachers with a clear focus on strategies for improvement. A clear and working understanding of the Ofsted inspection frameworks, related government priorities and policies and of supporting all schools to meet these requirements in a constructive and positive manner will be important.

As a member of the delivery team you will require skills such as high quality facilitation, coaching and mentoring. You will be able to design learning experiences that will impact positively on participants and their wider school context. The ability to confidently and sensitively maximise learning through managing groups of participants and by using effective enquiry is essential

The Institute of Education has an Ofsted rating of Good across all phases and programmes and a strong reputation for delivering high quality work in partnership with a wide range of education settings. As a result, we have gained significant increased student numbers as well as substantial new contracts for delivering a range of innovative initiatives at national and international levels. We therefore wish to expand our excellent IoE team by appointing additional inspirational staff who have a clear understanding of the issues relating to school effectiveness and raising achievement.

Core duties are outlined below however individual roles will vary according to the context and programme being delivered. This is a generic job description only, a more detailed job description may be provided for specific roles.
Short-listed applicants who are successful at interview will be placed on a register of sessional staff and will be notified as and when opportunities arise.

Please state how you satisfy the essential criteria within your application.

Selection process:

Short-listed candidates will demonstrate their experience and knowledge through:

1. Giving a ten minute presentation to the interview panel on the key challenges and opportunities facing schools over the next five years.

2. Demonstrate their facilitation skills by using a short piece of research as a stimulus for a 10 minute discussion group.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Tuesday 01 May 2018

Reference number: IEAC1801 - 3590

Job details

Job details

£42.18 an hour, to include preparation, facilitation and administration and £7.60 an hour holiday pay
To be negotiated / variable
By Agreement
Responsible to
School Effectiveness Lead
Responsible for
Interview date
Interviews to be held on 24th May 2018

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Main duties

Main duties

With support from the IoE School Effectiveness Lead, you will have responsibility to:

1. To plan, prepare and deliver sessions which demonstrate a good understanding of the context in which you are operating, the content and under-pinning theory, the needs of the group and agreed learning outcomes.

2. To lead/Organise sessions in a professional, sensitive and confident manner, maintaining professional confidentiality and acting with integrity at all times.

3. To undertake associated duties such as reporting, monitoring and evaluation of designated work to ensure high quality delivery and provide evidence for external organisations or Public Funded Bodies.

4. To maintain sound up-to-date knowledge and understanding of current local, national and international education policy, research and publications relevant to designated work.

5. To contribute significantly to the development of on-line resources and support the development of on-line collaborative platforms.

6. To maintaining good lines of communications with the IoE School Effectiveness Lead, other members of team and the designated schools to ensure an effective and coordinated approach to all programmes of work.

7. To attend planning sessions and/or skills training sessions for the delivery team.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. A first degree or better in the relevant subject area.

2. Masters level qualification or postgraduate professional qualification such as NPQH.

3. UK Qualified Teacher Status.

4. Recent excellent experience and reputation for leadership and teaching in Primary, Special or Secondary schools that are securely good, outstanding or are on a rapidly improving path to good or outstanding Ofsted rating.

5. A good awareness and understanding of recent national/international initiatives and leading practices, as well as government policies in the relevant areas.

6. A commitment to providing high quality education experience for all participants.

7. Successful experience of designing and leading professional development to a wide range of participants in education settings, including Governors.

8. Successful experience of engaging in facilitation, coaching and mentoring relationships with adults.

9. The ability to communicate effectively both orally and on line.

10. The ability to work well in a team or independent context as required.

11. ICT competence for professional and personal use, ideally to include the use of webinars and on-line platforms. (VLE, email etc.).


Desirable Criteria

1. Academic study/qualifications in the area of leadership and management, coaching and mentoring or similar.

2. Experience of providing school to school support at a senior level.

3. A good understanding of how to measure the impact of professional development.

Disclosure: This employment is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates will be required to declare any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs, including any that would be regarded as spent under the Act in other circumstances. If you are selected for appointment you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at .

Visit  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.


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