Principal Education Adviser (Early Years and Primary)

3 days left

North Yorkshire
Soulbury 26 to 28 + 3 SPA
26 Mar 2021
18 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full time

Location: Primarily based at North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton with county-wide travel

We are looking for a strategic, inclusive and performance-focused leader to join us as Principal Adviser for Early Years and Primary to drive improvement, proactively solve key education challenges and promote high standards in schools and settings.

This is a pivotal leadership role in the Education and Skills Service and an exciting opportunity to work with schools and settings across North Yorkshire, from towns to rural communities to schools on coast. As Principal Adviser you will work with schools, particularly specialising in early years and primary, including nursery schools, Special Schools and PRUs. The size and geography of North Yorkshire will also enable the post holders to work with a wide variety of different types of schools and settings including maintained schools, academies and small schools some of which are facing challenges with budgets and pupil numbers. The role is demanding, challenging but hugely rewarding, making a real impact on children's lives, driving tangible schools improvement improving outcomes for all children.

The post holder will manage a team of Education Advisers who are responsible for school improvement and work directly to the Head of School Improvement. To be successful in this role you will have a strong track record in school improvement and senior leadership in education; your experience enables you to identify the key challenges and deliver solution focussed services that successfully drives improved outcomes for all children.

The post holder will also work across a variety of service areas including inclusion, the opportunity area and liaise with colleagues in the Children and Families Service. You will deputise for the Head of School Improvement and become involved with leading professional development days, working with school leadership teams and the teaching school alliances, school reviews and North Yorkshire data analysis developing a strategic approach to tackle challenges, development needs and new innovations.

In addition to leading a portfolio of school improvement services through your teams, you will be the strategic lead for key themes across the service.  A pivotal role in the School Improvement Service leadership team you will develop and lead the service’s strategic direction, be a key influencer with the newly formed locality boards and wider strategic partnerships. 

You will be a corporate player, developing partnerships across services collectively using professional strengths to drive impact.

We welcome application on both a permanent basis and would consider secondment arrangements for the right candidate. 

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your career; we are an authority with a strong track record, relentless focus on delivery and performance you will be welcomed by talented colleagues and well-developed partnerships. 

We understand the importance of workforce development and you will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge, to effectively deliver and improve service. As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, including using modern technologies to support agile ways of working. 

Further Information

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Key dates

  • Closing date: 18 April 2021
  • Interview date: 27 April 2021

We welcome individuals looking to relocate, for further information see our  Relocation Policy (pdf / 180 KB).

An Enhanced DBS is required for this post.

We are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies. 

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity.

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Tracy Swinburne (Head of School Improvement) by emailing

Thank you and we look forward to exploring your interest further.