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School Improvement Advisor

Hours:                                      37 hours per week, all year round, Permanent

Salary:                                     £56,698 – £65,442K (salary negotiable depending on experience) plus

                                               pension and flexible working

Location:                               Across EQT schools with Head Office in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire 

Submission deadline:   Midday Monday 5th December 2022.

Due to the success of meeting our initial strategic aim of 12 member schools, we need to ensure the best possible provision for our schools and increased capacity due to expansion. Equals Trust is seeking to appoint a qualified and experienced School Improvement Advisor to work with our existing School Improvement Lead (SIL). To further develop our existing support for our 12 schools and provide further capacity for additional schools joining Equals Trust, we would like to appoint an SIA who will bring enthusiasm, expertise, drive and magic to school improvement through the next stage of our exciting development.

Reporting to the School Improvement Lead and working with the Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Team, Executive Team and the Directors of the Trust, the successful candidate will provide school improvement support to our schools.  This will include ensuring standards are high in our schools and leading school improvement strategies. The SIA will work with the SIL and report to the CEO and Board to enable them to meet their accountabilities and responsibilities, ensuring that all requirements of the Department for Education, Ofsted and Regional Schools Commission are met. The successful candidate will have experience of school improvement beyond their own school. Experience as an Ofsted inspector or a willingness to become qualified would be advantageous.

As part of this role the post holder will work closely with the Leadership Group and all Primary School staff in Equals Trust to ensure continual improvement, including ensuring that the schools comply with their statutory obligations.

Equals Trust was founded in September 2016 with the aim of allowing member schools to maintain their ethos and unique identities within a tight local network. There is strong, mutual accountability, shared support services and a strong collaborative approach to staff development and school improvement. These values remain important and the SIA will play a major role in achieving these. Our Strategy for collaborative school improvement details the principles that underpin our work but also the range of activities we undertake and offer to support schools. This and further information about Equals Trust is available by clicking on the 'Teaching and Learning' tab, above.

We offer the opportunity to be part of the Executive Team of an exciting and growing Multi-Academy Trust, continuing professional development and flexible working.  If you would like an informal discussion about the role please contact Stuart Edmonds (SIL) on 07471844864 or Phil Palmer (CEO) on 07985434408.

Equals Trust is committed to providing a safe environment and to promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applications and offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory relevant safer recruitment and DBS checks in line with our safeguarding policy. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK and online searches will carried out on shortlisted candidates.

What makes Equals Trust distinctive?

  • Equals is equal, created by Head Teachers.
  • The right balance on the continuum between autonomy and control.
  • Support and development without control; for example, a Reserves policy and an Asset Management Plan that recognises individual school need.
  • EQT is proactive and not reactive, by developing positive relationships, good practice and good communication; for example, month end finance meetings, well-being strategy, open and honest school improvement, IT scheme.
  • Schools are still called Primaries and remain distinctive to their communities.
  • All schools have chosen to join Equals Trust.
  • As a Leadership Group, Head Teachers shape the strategic development of Equals Trust, they are part of the governance.
  • The emphasis is on collaborative working; there is a 1% budget for teaching and learning.

 Quotes from Head Teachers

  • ‘What it isn’t is what makes it attractive’
  • ‘Schools can get on with being schools and Head Teachers can get on with being Head Teachers, but with a great level of support’
  • ‘We live and work by the same values and so we have ownership of the trust we believe in what we do’