Assistant Director, School Effectiveness


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About us

About us

The School Effectiveness service is core to West Sussex County Council’s (WSCC) vision and ambition to raise achievement and ensure that all our children and young people get the best possible start in life.

The service is responsible for leading on our School Effectiveness Strategy and for developing a school-led improvement approach with our core stakeholders and innovative school-to-school support initiatives. This means it is well-prepared to support schools in reaching our ambitious goals for improvement. Standards have risen significantly in our schools in the last three years and a carefully crafted range of strategies and initiatives is planned with our stakeholders to continue this journey.

Our service covers leadership, governance, curriculum, outdoor education and safeguarding advice and guidance for schools. Further strengthening of the service is currently taking place. This will bring greater responsibility for an increasing range of obligations as we respond to changing needs and priorities in our schools. We have strong commissioned services to support schools in their improvement journey.

The service maintains a close link with our broader initiatives in education and children’s social care. These include a major Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and inclusion strategy, a programme of support for mental health in schools, and early help.

From September 2019, WSCC has 215 maintained schools and 68 academies. We also work with over 40 independent schools on an ad hoc basis. Our Services to Schools website offers a broad range of exciting programmes and initiatives that reach out across all our partner organisations.

West Sussex has a developing relationship with a range of partner organisations which include initial teacher training universities, multi-academy trusts and both teaching and research schools.

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Closing date: 2 December 2019

Interview date: 13 December 2019

The role

The role

The Assistant Director, School Effectiveness is a key role within the leadership team of the Education and Skills Directorate. Working within the broader Department of Children, Young People and Learning, the Directorate has agreed key priorities to modernise and improve the focus and delivery of our strategies to support schools and respond to changing needs.

The post holder will need to have an excellent understanding of working in partnership with schools and stakeholders to secure improvement. He or she will be responsible for taking strategic leadership of a growing team of school improvement and curriculum professionals as we continue to develop our traded services.

We are looking for someone with proven success in leading teams to secure change and improvement in education across a range of settings while also successfully managing innovative and successful traded work in schools. A good working knowledge of current school inspection processes and methodology would be an advantage.

The postholder will be a strategic and innovative thinker who will help steer the modernisation of the Council’s school leadership and improvement services to meet the changing needs and priorities of the future.

What to expect

Our School Effectiveness team members are based in different locations around the county so a level of mobility will be expected to maintain contact and provide support and direction. Your core base will be in County Hall in Chichester or County Hall North (Parkside) in Horsham. A level of travel around the county will be essential - travel and mileage will be payable.

All IT and support will be provided along with access to administrative support.

You will be responsible for leading the School Effectiveness team and leading our relationship strategy with Ofsted, the Regional Schools Commissioner, our multi-academy trusts, and both our teaching and research schools. The role is key to maintaining very positive working relationships with all our partners to help effect change and improvement.

The Education and Skills Directorate leads a school-to-school support network and the Area Improvement and Inclusion Board (AIIB). This commissions school-to-school support initiatives and engages schools in decision-making around intervention and school-led improvement support. The Assistant Director will lead on this initiative and be responsible for further developing the effectiveness of this approach as we further align our school improvement with other council-led initiatives.

The post holder will lead on links with each of the Council’s districts in the development of plans to improve education. These will meet local needs and address local priorities around healthy schools, addressing disadvantage and improving local provision.

Pay and benefits

Senior Management Group, paying circa £80,000 per annum. Benefits include:

  • 30 days' annual leave plus bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
  • access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
  • a range of flexible working options
  • a range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000 a year through our West Sussex Choices benefits platform
  • discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
  • a range of commuting and business travel discount and initiatives
  • health and wellbeing benefits, including access to our Employee Assistance Programme and Voluntary Health Cash plans.

Learning and development

The post holder will access significant training and support and work alongside colleagues to strengthen knowledge and understanding on how the service priorities can better align to meet the needs of our children and young people.

You will be joining an organisation committed to investing in its people and in ensuring that the team are confident in driving forward change and improvement that helps meet our key goals and priorities. This is an exciting opportunity within a dynamic and forward thinking Directorate.

Apply for the post (external link)

Closing date: 2 December 2019

Interview date: 13 December 2019

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