Secondary Schools Effectiveness Adviser – Mainstream and Special (HFL Education)

Secondary Schools Effectiveness Adviser – Mainstream and Special (HFL Education)


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

Date Ending

April 17, 2023

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.


About Us

HFL Education 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 Education 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 strong and experienced 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 a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years), 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.


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.

Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach encourages 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.


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 Rachel Macfarlane (Director of Education Services) at Rachel.macfarlane@hfleducation.org  or Becky Cox (Lead Effectiveness Advisor for Special Schools) at becky.cox@hfleducation.org for an informal discussion.

How to Apply

If you’re ready to apply, download and complete the application form along with the supporting statement,

 explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline and person specification. We would also love to hear why you are interested in becoming part of the HFL team.

As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we ask that you follow the guidance stated in the application forms.

To submit your application or to discuss any recruitment queries please email our Central Recruitment Team on hfl.recruitment@hfleducation.org.We would love to hear from you.


We would love to hear from you.


Closing Date:  17 April 2023, 09.00am

Screening Interview: 24 April 2023 via Microsoft Teams.  

Face to Face Interviews: 3 May 2023 in Stevenage

Start Date: September 2023


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

We are 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.

We 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 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 ‘tiebreaker’ 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.