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Chair of Standards & Performance Committee – East Midlands Academy Trust

East Midlands Academy Trust

We're looking for people with previous Chair experience who have a background in and passion for education to support East Midlands Academy Trust as Chair of Standards & Performance Committee

  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: Unremunerated
East Midlands Academy Trust - FE recruitment

About the role

After six successful years the Chair of the Standards and Performance committee of the Trust Board is stepping down. The Trust now seeking to engage a high-calibre individual to build on the predecessors achievements, lead the group and work with the stakeholders to drive performance and standards forward into the next phase of the strategic journey. The Chair will share the Trusts vision and values and will be committed to the objectives of the Trust.

The Trust are particularly seeking interest from candidates who are ambitious for every child and have a commitment to education, alongside being able to demonstrate the following:

  • A proven track record in strategic leadership,
  • Experience of ensuring all children, including those with SEND or who are disadvantaged, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum,
  • Excellent analytic skills in interpreting and analysing pupil and staff data against key targets and benchmarks,
  • A background in Education and Education management,
  • Commitment to entrepreneurial values with a passion for the development of leadership in schools,
  • Effective and efficient Chairing, bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision making processes.

Prospective candidates will also be required to evidence the following:

  • An understanding of and commitment to, the values of accountability, probity and openness.
  • An ability to process detail and get to the heart of the issue.
  • Confident and effective communication skills with a range of audiences and the ability to act as an ambassador for the organisation.
  • A willingness to devote the time and effort required to effectively discharge the duties of this role.

Who we're looking for

We are looking to engage a new Chair of the Standards & Performance Committee who will support the Trust with the next phase of their strategic journey, by leading the committee and working with the stakeholders to drive performance and standards across the Trust.

Ideally, prospective candidates will have:

  • held a previous strategic leadership role;
  • a background in and passion for education;
  • previous Chair experience, bringing impartiality and objectivity;
  • analytical skills to interpret, challenge and scrutinise pupil and staff data.
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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to read the pack and hopefully consider applying to join us at East Midlands Academy Trust. It is an amazing time to join our vibrant and dynamic community of schools.

As you will have already seen, we have a clear strategy for school improvement that has been shown to be credible, inclusive and sustainable.

We are a community based Multi Academy Trust and care about the impact we have in the areas our schools live. The vitality and diversity of the people we encounter within each school means we cannot just drop a template of ‘how to run a successful school’ onto the seven schools in our MAT.

We have to work with the community accessing the school as well as our internal community of staff to understand any barriers or local nuances and then overlay that with the national curriculum and regulatory requirements. We then combine these two, often-conflicting aspects, to inspire our “community” to help children to become confident, independent thinkers.

I welcome any applicant to come and see what we do and I would be happy to talk prior to making a formal application.

We all make thousands of choices every day but few are as important as where you go to  share your knowledge, passion, tenacity and integrity. If you believe in and have what it takes to make our vision a reality, “every child deserves to be the best they can be…” I look forward to your application.

Joshua Coleman
Chief Executive
East Midlands Academy Trust

East Midlands Academy Trust was incorporated in September 2012 as a Multi Academy Trust based in the centre of Northampton. Since incorporation, the Multi Academy Trust now includes five primary academies, one secondary academy and one all-through 4-19 Free School.

What makes East Midlands Academy Trust unique is their strong moral purpose, commitment to high expectations and aspirations, and strategic partnership with HR and Legal experts.

East Midlands Academy Trust are driven by a strong moral purpose that every child has the right to outstanding teaching and leadership.  It is their mission to work with the children, their parents and carers and our staff to create excellent schools.  They set high expectations for their leaders and teachers to support and stretch every child.  They ensure that the children make excellent progress and build the skills, knowledge and attributes that will prepare them well for secondary school and beyond.

Their vision is to:

  • rapidly become a world class academy trust with a national and international voice;
  • establish world class academies and schools that are centres of excellence for leadership, teaching and learning and are flagships and centres of learning for other academies and schools;
  • be driven by a moral purpose to transform opportunities and change life chances of children and young people who live in challenging times as well as challenging places; and
  • work in partnership with learners, their families, communities and businesses, to raise aspirations, foster great expectations and achieve ambitious goals.

Key elements of their vision:

  • strong leadership that transforms culture;
  • the pursuit of excellence is demonstrated by an uncompromising and successful drive for the improvement in the leadership and management of teaching, learning and progression;
  • recognising the role of teachers and developing them;
  • excellent governance that challenges, supports and holds to account;
  • outstanding teaching and pedagogical knowledge;
  • confident independent learners; and
  • a broad balanced curriculum that has expert knowledge and individual needs at its core.

The Trust’s ambition is to create excellent academies and sponsor additional academies within their geographical cluster, hopefully developing two further geographical clusters over the next three years.

Read more about East Midlands Academy Trust:
Financial statement 2018
Scheme of delegation and Terms of Reference
Safeguarding Policy 2018/19
Governance structure

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh | 07739 364033 | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk

Sarah Szulczewski | 07841 017043 |  sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification, giving examples. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying within your supporting statement.

Please use the subject: “Chair, EMAT” and send your documents to: response@peridotpartners.co.uk.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 14th October 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: by 5pm, Monday 21st October 2019
Final interviews: w/c Monday 28th October 2019

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