Secondary Schools Effectiveness Adviser

Secondary Schools Effectiveness Adviser


FTE £66,000 - £70,000 p.a

Date Ending

May 12, 2021

Contract: Permanent, fulltime at 37 hours per week

Salary: FTE £66,000 – £70,000 p.a. based on appropriate skills and experience.

Location: Hertfordshire.

Flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties.

Post Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, there will be an opportunity to work up to 2 days in the Head Office in Stevenage with the remainder as remote working.


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.

Herts for Learning (HfL) is 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 have some line management responsibilities. 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 MAT setting. 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.

 The team are working remotely where possible to support their schools and when required, providing onsite support to their schools in line with Government guidelines. Therefore the ability to reach different locations by car will be essential. If you drive then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. Also as there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

HfL is the largest Schools Company in the UK delivering school improvement services.  Developed from Hertfordshire Local Authority’s education services, the company is now owned and accountable directly to schools through its Board of Directors.

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.

In return, you can expect excellent conditions of employment and exciting professional development opportunities.


For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Rachel Macfarlane (Director of Education Services) on 07913 973738 or Liz Shapland (Deputy Education Services Director – Secondary) on 07748 148246.

If you’re ready to apply, download 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:            Wednesday 12th May 2021 at midday        

Interview Date*:         Thursday 20th May 2021

Start Date:                  Monday 6th September 2021           

*Please note that the interviews will be taking place remotely.

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.

We encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance.  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. 

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.