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Director of Education | Inspire Partnership Academy Trust

This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional Director of Education to join the renowned Inspire Partnership. With nine primary schools across South London and Medway we have established a reputation for highly innovative and collaborative practice that significantly improves educational provision and is focused on equality and diversity. This strategic role requires senior leadership experience and management across a number of schools combined with a proven track record of successful school improvement.

  • Location: South London and Medway
  • Salary: £112,000 - £123,000

About the role

The Director of Education (DOE) is accountable for ensuring the educational success of our schools within the overall framework of the Trust Development Plan, as well as individual schools’ strategic plans to ensure the Inspire Partnership remains a leading Trust delivering highly innovative practice which offers the best possible learning experiences for all pupils.

The DOE will work jointly to develop the education vision for the organisation. This will mean ensuring the organisation reflects the lived values and ethos set by the Board of Trustees and delivery of the strategic goals of the Trust. The DOE will therefore be committed to delivering our mission and values across all aspects of the curriculum with inclusion, well-being and diversity at the heart of all that we do.

The DOE will play a key role as part of the Trust Executive Team. This will involve working closely between the Chief Executive (CEO), the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and schools to ensure the Inspire Partnership embeds its mission to transform the lives of children through partnership and collaboration. The DOE will use their exceptional data analysis skills to present robust performance reports to enable the Trust Executive, Trust Board and Governing Bodies to set challenging targets and take strategic and informed decisions.

The DOE will typically work one day a week in the Central Trust Office in East London with the other days being on site working directly with the leadership teams in our schools to ensure high standards and levels of aspiration across the Inspire Partnership.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking an outstanding Director of Education who can demonstrate a track record of working across multiple schools and who has led school turnaround and improvement whilst sustaining high performance in good and outstanding schools. Ideally you will hold NPQH status and have worked as an Executive Head or Senior Leader in schools in challenging circumstances. You will be knowledgeable on the workings of a multi-academy trust and its core operations and demonstrate current understanding of national policy, the role of the Regional Schools Commissioner, Ofsted and related assessment and statutory requirements.

Entrepreneurial in approach, you will have adopted and implemented innovative and creative practice, and you will certainly be excited by our exemplary curriculum.

It will be both your capability to lead on its implementation in schools with varying contexts, combined with your ability to encourage others to partner and collaborate effectively, that will underpin your success in the role. We know that our curriculum, values and approach to improvement works; it is your role to support others to adopt and implement new strategies and practice successfully. We want our DOE to use their networks to further promote our accredited curriculum and working practices for the benefit of other organisations so that we can reach as many children as possible.

Your ability to ensure that our schools can make the most of their unique differences whilst embracing the benefits of working together through collaboration and partnership is critical. This requires strong leadership skills to bring together all staff to secure high performance and quality of leaching and learning for every pupil.

Our main focus is on school improvement and supporting better outcomes for our 4,400 children. At the same time, we need somebody with an outward focus who can bring wider awareness of initiatives in education to help ongoing innovation and to further raise our profile in the sector that will benefit us when we seek future growth.

At Inspire we are proud of what we have achieved and our genuinely collaborative approach – we look forward to welcoming a dynamic Director of Education who is enthused by our curriculum model and committed to high standards, inclusion, equality and diversity.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants:

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 15th March 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sally Lawson-Ritchie

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Welcome from the Chair, Karen Giles

Dear Candidate,

It is with pleasure that we recruit to this pivotal role within the Inspire Partnership Academy Trust.

I am proud to represent our Members, Trustees and Governing Boards in the selection process. Our Trust is ambitious in transforming the lives of children by working in collaboration and in partnership to serve the communities of South London and Medway.

Although we are experiencing the peak of a pandemic, we are still driven to seek the best candidate to join our team and continue to grow. Within the climate of reciprocity, I can assure you that working with IPAT will be an enriching experience where you will grow and flourish, both personally and professionally.

As a genuinely values driven organisation we are looking for the person who is fully aligned with our vision. Equity and inclusivity are prevalent in our work and embedded in our recruitment practices.

Thank you for your interest in becoming our Director of Education.

We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you

Kind regards,

Karen Giles
IPAT Board of Trustees

Welcome from the CEO, Rob Carpenter

Dear Candidate,

Many thanks for expressing an interest in the role of Director of Education with the Inspire Partnership. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a truly values driven multi academy trust, serving children in partnership to fulfil our core mission to transform children’s lives through partnership and collaboration.

We are now nine schools working between South London and Medway. Our schools are continuously and rapidly improving, making a difference for over 4,400 pupils. Our curriculum and innovative approaches to school improvement have received national recognition, based on our themes of global learning and citizenship. The appointment of a new Director of Education will enable us to build on this success, providing even more opportunities for us to be the difference we know our communities strive for.

The Director of Education will work closely with the CEO and COO to develop and guide the education strategy across all nine schools in the Partnership. You will work within a collaborative environment alongside school leaders and staff to provide outstanding support and challenge across the Partnership. You will also work closely with Trustees and governors to ensure we fulfil our strategic aim to enhance the education experiences for all pupils.

We can offer the successful candidate a working environment which is enabling, supportive and values led. Our schools have good transport links are easily accessible and located within reasonable travel time of each other. Recently, we have moved our central team functions to an office based close to the Tower Hill tube station, where you will be expected to work for part of your time.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours sincerely

Rob Carpenter

About Inspire Partnership Academy Trust

The Inspire Partnership became a multi-academy trust in 2017 and is formed of nine primary schools serving communities in South London and Medway. Our aim is to transform the lives of children and we believe the best way to achieve this is through relationships and collaboration. We celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our schools but believe together, we are stronger. Our staff and children place no limits on learning, and our schools are inspiring places to learn!

In 2013, the partnership was formed from three primary schools in Greenwich. We established a common curriculum framework, a suite of professional development training and networks of excellence shared between our staff. This included policies, planning materials and school improvement tools.

Within two years, all three schools had improved provision and outcomes for pupils and were judged to be good or outstanding by Ofsted and Challenge Partners. The partnership had established a mature framework for school-to-school support programmes, delivered both locally and across the country.

The Inspire Partnership became a multi academy trust in 2017, one of four partnerships granted permission to create a charitable Trust in Greenwich.

In 2017, we were invited by Medway to support Maundene and then Elaine primary schools, both underperforming with declining standards and pupil outcomes way below national expectations. Within a year, each school had joined the Trust having demonstrated rapid improvement.

In 2021, we are now at the point of starting a new journey with four schools having joined the Trust. Delce Academy joined us in March 2020, followed in April 2020 by Forest Academy, West Thornton Academy and Woodside Primary School – all from Croydon.

Now a family of nine schools, we are writing a new chapter, serving new communities, and bringing our schools together as one family across three regional hubs.

Our mission to transform children’s lives through partnership and collaboration comes from a desire to create a coalition for change in all of our schools, building a legacy where pupils are able to fulfil their true potential as learners.

At the Trust’s inception, we recognised each of our founding schools required an alternative approach to improvement which focused more on relationships, connectedness, and inter-disciplinary approaches to learning. This is why collaboration is central to our mission. It binds schools together as communities, reminding us that we exist in the People Age. The emphasis on transformation exists because our schools have all required rapid systemic improvement in practice.

Partnership and collaboration apply both to how students learn best but also how school communities become stronger. For example, when children are taught how to work together collaboratively, success is measured through interaction, engagement, and relationships.

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