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Assistant Director for School and Setting Improvement

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Organisation: Cambridgeshire County Council   Hours: 37.00
Salary: £96,220 - £107,899   Working Pattern:Permanent
Location: Cambridge Shire Hall   Reference: 22051

Closing date:

09 December 2020 at midnight
*This is a shared post working on behalf of both Cambridgeshire County Council & Peterborough City Council*

As part of our innovative programme of work to create opportunities to share and integrate education services across Cambridgeshire County Council & Peterborough City Council, we are now looking to appoint a shared Assistant Director for School & Setting Improvement, to lead the range of school and setting improvement services we deliver across both authorities.

For this role, we’re looking for an ambitious leader with an excellent track record in delivering sustained school improvement. Reporting to the Director for Education, you will support school-led improvement for both authorities to ensuring continuous improvement and high standards in schools and settings across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

You will have relevant and extensive leadership experience within an education context and a strong understanding of the role of data in improving educational outcomes. With the ability to effectively manage the interests of a wide range of senior stakeholders, you will be able to provide strong leadership both internally and within the wider education system.

You’ll have high levels of political awareness and sensitivity to allow you to shape and lead services in the interests of two local authorities and make a success of our ongoing shared services programme. This programme will deliver better, more sustainable education services that will ultimately improve educational outcomes for the children of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The incumbent AD had the following to say: ‘Work in an Assistant Director role is fast-paced, varied and interesting. The drive to improve the educational experiences and life-chances for young people is shared by everybody, and underpins all that we do. Colleagues consistently go the extra mile when supporting and challenging schools, whether to ensure safeguarding standards are high, or to provide all pupils to a demanding and broad curriculum, to choose two examples. Teams work flexibly in order to support each-other; this has been particularly evident during the COVID period. It is that ‘team spirit’ that makes working in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire particularly rewarding – as does the high quality of each of the different teams that make up the whole. Partnership working extends beyond our own teams; exciting curriculum initiatives such as that involving Christine Counsell and the Haringey Education Partnership are helping to ensure that leaders and teachers develop joined-up and coherent curriculum plans in the foundation subjects, for example. The Director of Education is determined that all pupils across both local authorities will receive the best possible education; the successful post-holder will benefit from his strategic thinking, help and guidance.’

Schools context:
• No. of schools – across both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: 335
• No. of independent schools: 27
• No. of statutory school age children: 126,378
• No. of early years settings: 1,207
• No. of children in early years settings: 25,084
• No. of post 16 colleges: 9
• No. of young people on role in post 16: 7,500

For a discussion about this role, please contact Jonathan Lewis (Director for Education) via jonathan.lewis@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or by phone on 01223 507165.

Closing Date: 09/12/2020

Interviews: 18/12/2020

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