Race Equality Adviser – Herts for Learning

Race Equality Adviser – Herts for Learning


Band 6 FTE £45,000 – FTE £55,000 p.a (pro-rata for part-time hours) based on appropriate skills and experience

Date Ending

May 6, 2022

Contract: Fixed term for one year from September 2022– either 37hours or 29.6hours (0.8) for 52 weeks per year or term time only.

Salary: Band 6 FTE £45,000 – FTE £55,000 p.a (pro-rata for part-time hours) based on appropriate skills and experience

Location: Hertfordshire. Remote working with flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties if needed, with an opportunity to work up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire if desired. There will be times (such as team meetings) where you will be expected to be in the office.


Do you believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of their ethnicity?

Could you play a vital role in improving outcomes and the life chances of all children and young people in Hertfordshire educational settings?


This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about improving outcomes and the life chances of children and young people particularly those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.


At Herts for Learning, we believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live, their background or circumstances.


We acknowledge that systemic racism is a problem that must be addressed everywhere. We have a duty to face up to the difficult conversations that ultimately result in the lifting of BAME voices.  We see this position as central to our commitment to expanding our resources to supporting schools to develop as strong anti-racist organisations.


This role will suit someone who is interested in a fixed term contract or a secondment initially on a one-year fixed term contract. We are seeking to appoint full-time adviser and would consider part-time 0.8FTE or term time only applicants. 


We welcome applications from colleagues in the EY, primary, secondary or special school sectors.  We are seeking a candidate whose current post may be within a school, a trust, a teaching hub, a local authority, or an organisation providing services to educational settings, with experience of delivering impactful professional development activities within your own school and beyond.


The successful candidate will have recent and relevant school experience and expertise in (as well as a proven track record of) promoting race equality and anti-racism in a school, trust or setting. Is a current or more recently experienced middle or senior leader with outstanding classroom practice and success as a leader, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to enable you to support, monitor and challenge mainstream schools and school leaders across all phases.


You will have high quality written and oral communication skills and work well as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills combined with a high level of problem-solving and creative thinking skills are essential prerequisites for the role. Whilst driving improvements in race equality and anti-racism work you will face some challenges, but you will have a supportive network and psychological safe spaces to decompress via your line manager, the existing Race Equality Adviser and monthly supervision with a trained counsellor.


Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. You will be able to organise and prioritise your own workload, be flexible and prepared to travel to trusts and schools as needed throughout Hertfordshire. The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.


As the UK’s largest School Company, we operate as a social enterprise on a not-for-profit basis and we are a leading provider of school improvement and business support services, training and resources, that enable schools, settings and trusts to deliver a great education. You can find out more about us here.


This is a great opportunity to join an expanding team and to have a significant impact on the quality of education for pupils across a wide range of settings.


Benefits: We offer a competitive salary, a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, company performance bonus, benefits schemes for discounts and cashback offers, professional development opportunities, family-friendly policies, and hybrid working.


Race Equality Adviser – Job Outline 2022

How to Apply

This advert closes on Friday 6th May at midday.

Screening Interview on Tuesday 17th May via MS Teams

Face to Face Interviews on Tuesday 24th May in Stevenage

With a start date of Thursday 1st September 2022


Full role details and the criteria for applying are on our website and you can contact our Central Recruitment Team with any queries at hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk


If you feel this role reflects your next opportunity but would like an informal discussion to find out more, you can also contact one of our team:

Justine McDonald, on 07747 243900 or via email  justine.mcdonald@hertsforlearning.co.uk

Karin Hutchinson, on 07769 886613 or via email Karin.hutchinson@hertsforlearning.co.uk


If you’re ready to apply, download and complete the HfL Application Forms along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline. Once completed, please submit the forms to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk. 

We would love to hear from you.

We are committed towards becoming an anti-racist organisation, and our recruitment statement is set out below in support of this.


HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.