School Effectiveness Adviser – Primary

School Effectiveness Adviser – Primary


Band 6 – FTE (£64,000 – £66,000) p.a.

Date Ending

March 6, 2024

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full-time at 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, along with an opportunity to work up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, with visits to Educational Schools, Settings and Trusts across Hertfordshire and neighbouring borders, as required.

Are you an experienced senior leader or school improvement professional who is passionate about supporting and helping schools to develop? If you want to make a positive difference towards children’s outcomes and work as part of a dynamic and highly skilled team, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a school effectiveness adviser to work as part of a team supporting primary schools and settings. This post will be high profile and focused on system leadership to improve outcomes for all pupils.

You will work alongside headteachers and senior leaders, supporting their self-evaluation, quality assurance and continuous improvement planning. As part of our team, you will utilise your skills and experience to develop new products, services and training that meet the needs of the range of schools that we support. You will be self-motivated, flexible and be prepared to travel to client schools throughout Hertfordshire and beyond (travel allowance paid).

We are looking for an excellent leader, with a successful headship background within schools, and/or local authority or multi-academy trusts. Experience of school inspections is desirable, but not essential.

The successful candidate will be dynamic and diligent, have a proven track record of success in raising achievement, and the ability to lead and inspire others. They will be able to identify opportunities, using a range of reference sources and benchmarking approaches, to promote and sustain a high quality of educational delivery; and equally be able to present compelling recommendations for improvements in practice to both school leaders and governing/trust board stakeholders.

For this very important role, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of, and across, teams are essential. In return, you can expect excellent conditions of employment and exciting professional development opportunities.

This is a great opportunity to join a diverse and successful team and have a significant impact on large numbers of pupils across a wide range of settings.

Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of working on-site across various schools and settings, remote working and, along with occasional visits to Robertson House, Stevenage. 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.

Benefits: 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, family-friendly policies, hybrid working, paid mileage, a cycle to work scheme, onsite charging points for electric vehicles, access to mental health and wellbeing support, company performance bonus, professional development opportunities, benefit schemes for discounts and cashback offers, and more.

How to apply

Would you like to know more information about this opportunity? If so, further information can be found in the job outline. You can also contact Heidi Otranen or Anne Peck who would be happy to talk to you on 07580 744501 (Heidi) 07741 500596 (Anne) or email heidi.otranen@hfleducation.org or anne.peck@hfleducation.org

To apply, email hfl.recruitment@hfleducation.org with a detailed CV along with a supporting statement of no more than two pages of A4, demonstrating how you meet the job outline and person specification.

As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we will be anonymising your forms.

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above. We would love to hear from you.

Closing Date: 06 March 2024 (midday)                 

Interview Date: 15 March 2024 in our Stevenage office

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 Anti-racist position 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.