Secondary School Effectiveness Adviser (mainstream and special)

Secondary School Effectiveness Adviser (mainstream and special)


Band 6, £64,000 - £66,000 FTE based on appropriate skills and experience.

Date Ending

February 1, 2022

Are you a senior leader or school improvement professional who is passionate about supporting and helping schools to develop? 


If you want to make a difference as a system leader, and are looking for a new opportunity, we would like to hear from you.


Contract: Permanent, fulltime at 37 hours per week


Salary: Band 6, £64,000 – £66,000 FTE based on appropriate skills and experience.


Location: Hertfordshire, with the flexibility to be able to work in client settings within surrounding counties as required.


Due to Covid-19 considerations, HfL colleagues are working remotely when not delivering on-site services in schools, settings and trusts. As national guidance changes, our ‘working from anywhere’ approach will resume – encouraging colleagues to plan diaries to reflect their role requirements, with a mix of remote working and up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage when not in schools. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

About Us

Herts for Learning (HfL) is a leading provider of school improvement and business support services, training and resources, that enable schools, settings and trusts to deliver a great education. 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.

Our work is focused on supporting the schools, settings and trusts we work with to achieve successful long-term outcomes for their children. HfL is the UK’s largest School Company, operating as a social enterprise on a not-for-profit basis.

The Role


We are looking to recruit a School Effectiveness Adviser to work as part of a team supporting secondary schools and settings (mainstream, special and Education Support Centres). This post will be high profile and focused on system leadership to improve outcomes for all students.


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 schools throughout Hertfordshire and beyond (travel allowance paid).


We are looking for an excellent leader, with a successful background within a school, and/or local authority or multi-academy trust. Experience of school inspections is desirable, but not essential. The successful candidate will be hard working and dynamic, have a proven track record of success in raising achievement and the ability to lead and inspire others. For this very important role, excellent 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 growing and successful team and have a significant impact on large numbers of students across a range of settings.


For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Rachel Macfarlane (Director of Education Services) on 07913 973738 or Becky Cox, Lead Effectiveness Advisor for Special Schools, on 07747 244034.

Secondary Schools Effectiveness Adviser – Job Outline 2022

Application Process

If you’re ready to apply, HfL Application Forms and complete the HfL application form 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

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:  Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 9am.

Screening Interview: Tuesday 8th February 2022 via MS Teams                

Face to Face Interviews: Thursday 10th February 2022 in Stevenage

Start Date: Easter 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter  

In the event you are shortlisted, please ensure you are available for the Interview dates stated above.     

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.