A key part of our offer to schools is the ability to access good practice from across the Challenge Partners national network. As part of their membership, each school within our network has an annual peer review, which unearths and validates good practice within the school, as well as identifying areas for improvement.
The purpose of this role is to analyse the good practice and areas for improvement across the national partnership, and work out ways of delivering a national response, either through our existing delivery methods, or through developing new ones.
At the outset, the primary responsibilities will be as follows:
• Understanding the support needs of our schools. Develop a process by which to collate information about what schools in our partnership need. This information will primarily come through analysis of peer review reports, but could also come from periodic surveys of our members, as well as research conducted by other education organisations.
• Identification of common support themes. Through the analysis of school support needs, identify common themes that Challenge Partners should respond to, and the ways that we can respond. Our main mechanism for responding to school needs at the moment is through Leadership Development Days, but we are keen to investigate other ways of connecting schools up and sharing good practice around the network.
• Leadership Development Day planning. Leadership Development Days are structured school visits enabling visitors to immerse themselves in the context and practice of a school with particular expertise in a specific area, phase or subject. The role holder will be responsible for identifying suitable topics or themes to host Leadership Development Days, as well as schools who might be able to host. This will involve working with the Memberships Team and QA Review Team to understand where excellent practice sits within the network, and then working with identified hosts to agree a theme, date and content for their day.
• Leadership Development Day delivery. Work with the Memberships Team to ensure that we communicate relevant Leadership Development Days to schools in an appropriate way, and take responsibility for ticket sales for each Leadership Development Day.
• General development. As mentioned above, Leadership Development Days are our primary mechanism for sharing practice around our schools. However, we believe that once we have established a process to collectively analyse school needs, there may be a need to develop further mechanisms for sharing; a key part of the role will be to lead on the development, testing and roll-out of these potential mechanisms.
Next steps - Once you have submitted your application the following timelines apply
• Monday 31st July: deadline for submission of applications
• Friday 4th August: all successful applicants will hear if they have progressed to the next round. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to give you individual feedback if your application is not successful at this stage
• Monday 7th - Friday 11th August: 30-minute phone interviews with all successful applicants. If we would like to meet you for a face-to-face interview, we will notify you by Tuesday 15th August
• Monday 21st - Friday 25th August: interviews. These will consist of competency questions, followed by practical role-based exercises, and will be held at our offices in London
• Friday 25th August - we will notify the successful applicant. If we require a second round of interviews, they will take place between 28th August - 1st September, with the successful applicant being notified by 1st September. Unsuccessful applicants will be offered the chance to receive feedback over the phone
Start date: ideally early September, although we are prepared to be flexible to ensure that we recruit the most suitable candidate.