Assistant Director of School Improvement Role

Recruitment Information for Assistant Director of School Improvement based at Birmingham Education Partnership

Job role

To support the Director of Continuous School Improvement (DCSI) in the delivery of the School Improvement Contract, for and on behalf of the Local Authority and of other City-Wide Projects

Key responsibilities

  • To provide school improvement support to Priority Schools enabling them to improve

    • Develop and maintain a detailed knowledge of priority schools and ensure effective support and monitoring.
    • To support the building of capacity for school to school support across the City by identifying where the best practice exists and to ensure effective, first time brokerage of support.
    • To work alongside the Priority Partners to ensure appropriate support is provided to Schools and ensure that under performance in schools is challenged and addressed.
    • This will entail working across all areas of the city

    To form and deliver new city-wide projects that will improve core standards and performance  

    • To lead on the development of costed proposals for the delivery of city-wide projects and initiatives at both Primary and Secondary level
    • To lead on the delivery of selected city-wide projects, building on the learning from the SSIF projects
    • To support the city-wide projects where others are leading
    • To quality assure and evaluate all projects

    To provide support to the Director of Continuous School Improvement (DCSI) in the identification of schools in crisis and their immediate needs

    • To provide direct and personal support to the school(s) in crisis
    • This may include direct work within a school for a designated period of time
    • Brokering intensive, bespoke support for schools in crisis

Other duties

To ensure that BEP has the evidence of achievement against the contract KPIs to enable robust and effective reporting against the contract

To communicate effectively with all Stakeholders

The post holder may be required to lead or support other projects as required by the organisation.

To undertake any other duty as required by the organisation, commensurate with pay grade, skills and experience.

To work with BEP colleagues to:

  • Develop a shared knowledge of BEP projects and products and create opportunities for mutually beneficial linkages between them.
  • Provide mutual support to the development, marketing and delivery of all BEP projects and projects.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience 

  • Essential:

    • NLE
    • First degree
    • Qualified teacher status
    • Serving Head teacher with latest Ofsted indicating outstanding or likely to be at the next inspection
    • Significant experience of transforming schools
    • Proven track record of effective school to school support


    • Current serving Ofsted inspector

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Essential:

    • Knowledge of system led school improvement to include:
      • Models of effective system-led leadership
      • Strategic planning processes, tools and techniques
      • Ways of achieving stakeholder engagement
      • Leading change, creativity and innovation
    • Think strategically, analytically and creativity
    • Build capacity across the schools and achieve sustainability
    • Deal with complexity and uncertainty
    • Build a vision and communicate clear purpose and sense of direction
    • Anticipate lead and manage change
    • Use research to support and challenge practice
    • Inspire, challenge, motivate and empower others to attain challenging outcomes
    • Celebrate achievement and acknowledge success
    • Knowledge and understanding of leading people to include:
      • Significance of interpersonal relationships especially building effective relationships with colleague Headteachers
      • The importance of gravitas when working across schools at different stages of development
      • How to engage all schools at all stages of school improvement.
    • Listen reflect and communicate effectively
    • Foster an open, fair and equitable culture
    • Motivate, empower and sustain individual schools and groups of schools
    • High standards of personal and professional conduct
    • Recognise the importance of acting with integrity


    • Knowledge of system led school improvement to include:
      • Developments in education at local, national and global levels
      • Demonstrate political acumen
    • Knowledge and understanding of leading people to include:
      • Support and development systems for individual and groups of schools
      • Brokering and commissioning support
      • Strengths, capabilities and areas of need across all schools in the City
    • Negotiate and manage conflict providing appropriate support

Personal Qualities

  • Flexible
  • Energetic
  • Empathetic
  • Resilient
  • Drive and determination
  • Positivity

Key Objectives

  • Key Objectives

    • BEP has a deep understanding of the needs of Priority Schools
    • The performance of Priority Schools has improved
    • The Schools in need of support have received a timely response
    • The academic performance across the city improves to in line with national averages

    BCC Contract Key Performance Measures

    • Birmingham children are increasingly attending good or outstanding schools – achieving incremental improvement year on year relative to the core cities, statistical neighbours and national averages.


    • Improve performance relative to the core cities, statistical neighbours and national average each year at key stage 4 for the duration of the contract.


    • Schools regard BEP as the “Go to organisation” for support in a crisis.


    • BEP provides effective, timely, affordable support to schools in a crisis.


    The organisation reserves the right to make reasonable changes to this job description in consultation with the employee.

    Improve performance at key stages 1 and 2 relative to the core cities, statistical neighbours and national average each year.

To apply please forward details of your education/career history and referees, using either a CV or existing teacher application form, to  Please also enclose a covering letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) indicating your suitability for the role against the job description and person specification.

Deadline for applicationsSunday 27th January 2019

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