Head of Education and Early Years - West Essex

England, Essex, Harlow
Up to £79326 per annum
10 Jun 2021
08 Jul 2021
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

This role will cover the West Education Quadrant (Epping, Harlow and Uttlesford) and will involve going out to schools and home working as well as coming into the office for meetings, which could be at Goodman House, Harlow and County Hall, Chelmsford.

Job start: September 2021 but a later start date can be considered up to January 2022.

ECC has transformed how it delivers education services across one of the largest counties in the country in order to continue to improve and to ensure the best possible outcomes for every single child and young person.

Key to our approach is a decision to bring together our services and group our expertise around schools in geographical quadrants - allowing us to focus on local detail whilst delivering a joined-up approach on a county-wide scale. As a result, there is an Assistant Director of Education for each of our four quadrants, who deliver locally but collaborate effectively to deliver our holistic Education agenda. The Head of Education and Early Years post reports into the Assistant Director.

This role leads and manages a geographically based early years, childcare settings, attendance and school effectiveness workforce, to ensure the highest outcomes are delivered for all children and young people across the quadrant. The role will require monitoring, challenging, and supporting to empower education leaders and providers. The role will have accountability for all education provision within the quadrant.

This leader will be passionate about education and the opportunities it creates, with extensive experience as a Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher, as well as significant experience in developing quality improvement frameworks to enhance education standards and drive the achievement of a good or outstanding Ofsted rating across education provision. A proven track record of leading change is also key to the success of this role.

Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for leading improvement in Early Years Childcare Settings, schools and other educational providers across a quadrant of Essex; hold a matrix lead across the quadrant teams.
  • Accountable for delivering the education strategy and overall performance of the quadrant.
  • Responsible for leading the development of school partnerships as part of the School Partnership Strategy, to share expertise, improve outcomes and broker support
  • Contribute to meeting income generation targets by maximising traded opportunities with schools.
  • Effective leadership of the Early Years and School Effectiveness teams, working collaboratively with schools and settings to identify areas for improvement, find solutions and provide support.
  • Responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of schools to manage attendance and reduce exclusions, offering advice and guidance and developing plans to assist them.
  • Responsible for collaborating with the SEND Quadrant Manager and to strategically influence inclusive practice in schools and school partnerships. Manage the strategic development of intensive school improvement support to Essex schools identified as underperforming to make rapid improvement. Broker targeted school improvement programmes, which ensure rapid progress to at least a good Ofsted rating.
  • Responsible for ensuring innovative approaches are widely shared to improve quality of practice and effective partnerships.

Interviews will take place week commencing 12th July.

Knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent with extensive experience preferably as a Head teacher or Deputy head teacher in education.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge of legislative framework in relevant professional area.
  • Experience at senior leadership level within an education setting, preferably in the roles of Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher. Ofsted training is desirable.
  • Deep understanding gained through significant experience in developing solutions to improve standards within Early Years, schools, and other educational providers.
  • Exemplar leadership and behavioural skills with the ability to focus on results, forging a strong workforce team from diverse backgrounds to achieve strategic objectives.