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Director of Quality Improvement Leicester College

Drive the quality improvement agenda for Leicester College, building on their reputation as the leading provider of further education in Leicester and Leicestershire.

  • Location: Leicester
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

About the role

With a long and proud history of serving the local community of Leicester and Leicestershire, Leicester College has an opening for an exceptional individual to drive forward the quality improvement agenda for the college. We are looking for a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective in all that we do in relation to quality improvement and supporting a diverse and inclusive curriculum and student body. With an Ofsted inspection expected and planned for in the not-too-distant future, this role will be integral in ensuring that we are more than prepared and ready to welcome the team into our college, our classrooms and our community.

You will also play a big part in our drive and ambition to provide an inclusive environment for each and every one of our students. With a high proportion of our students joining us no matter what their age with varying attainment levels and aspirations, we work hard to deliver the right offer, curriculum, support and opportunities that enable them to progress towards ambitious futures regardless of starting point.

Who we are looking for

You will need to be an expert in your area with a strong track-record of delivering high-quality teaching, learning and assessment across a similar-sized organisation. You will lead and develop the College’s quality strategy, creating and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement, focused on high expectations and achievement.

As an experienced senior leader of FE curriculum, you will recognise the circumstances unique to our college. You will apply your ability to adapt your portfolio of achievements to meet the priorities, demands and needs of our college, as we continue to work towards achieving consistent improvements to the quality of our offer. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute significantly to the future of our College’s 16-18, adult, apprenticeship and HE provisions. You will support the wider team in ensuring our curriculum and learning offer meets the needs of all our learners, local employers and stakeholders and the wider community. This role will see you create and communicate a supportive yet performance-led vision that will drive forward a college-wide quality improvement strategy and deliver continued positive outcomes.

With an inspiring style of leadership and collaborative ethos, you will be capable of building and maintaining strong relationships internally and externally. With a strategic approach rooted in operational knowledge, you will inspire staff working at all levels to be a part of this transformative journey.

This position will make you a part of our dynamic and collegiate group of FE leaders, who share in the positive culture of the college. This provides great prospects to not only share expertise but to learn new techniques from peers, whilst driving forward the collective growth and success of the college as a whole. Through these close relationships, we will then continue to create improved outcomes for all our students and our local communities.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sarah Atkins-Boal

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Welcome from the Principal & CEO

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the Director of Quality Improvement role, which has become available due to the current post-holder leaving after a long and successful tenure here at Leicester College.

Our vibrant and diverse general further education college has three campuses located within Leicester city centre. We are proud of our work with employers and how we are meeting local skills needs and fulfilling our mission of Developing Skills, Supporting Businesses, Engaging Communities and Changing Lives.

The College is currently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and we ensure our 16 to 18-year-old students have the best possible transition from school to college and onward into universities or careers, including apprenticeships. We are also the largest provider of adult education, training and apprenticeships in Leicestershire, providing a wide range of support for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

We are looking for someone who shares our values of Respect, Inclusion, Sustainability, Equality and Excellence and wishes to join a friendly and dedicated college senior leadership team helping to shape the strategic direction of the College.

Working with your colleagues, you will share your passion and rigorous drive to continuously improve teaching and learning through innovation and high expectations whilst preparing the College for inspection.

If you would like an informal discussion with me about the role, please contact Sarah Atkins-Boal or Dan Baxter.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Verity Hancock

Principal & CEO


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

About Leicester College

Leicester College is an exciting and diverse place to study and many students of all ages and backgrounds join us every year. We have the broadest range of courses, and some of the best technical and specialist training facilities in the East Midlands.

Leicester College is Leicester – and Leicestershire’s – leading provider of further education, with four main campuses: Abbey Park Campus and Engineering Technology Centre; Freemen’s Park Campus; St Margaret’s Campus; and City Skills Centre. We offer a comprehensive range of further education courses and post-16 training, in support of technical, vocational and higher education qualifications across a broad range of subject areas, including ESOL, post-16 entry to university level.

We support around 15,000 students per year whilst working closely with local employers and business networks, and endeavour to support our local communities to ensure a successful future for the college at the people we serve.

Our student population is around 50% non-white with over 100 nationalities represented. We value diversity and recognise that people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture. It is this difference that brings strength and energy to our college.

We are privileged to be serving a city with such a diverse population and with a thriving and growing entrepreneurial base. There are over 40,000 businesses in the wider Leicestershire area, 13,000 of which are based in Leicester, including a significant proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises. There is also a strong public sector which includes some of the largest employers, in the city.

Leicester has very specific education and training needs for both adults and young people and experiences pockets of serious economic as well as educational deprivation and inequality. There are still high numbers of young people who perform poorly up to Key Stage 2 and achievement in Leicester remains below the national average.

This means that many young people come to further education, and specifically to Leicester College, with significant educational gaps. Nevertheless, many flourish in vocational and technical fields and go on to perform highly in the setting which we provide, progressing to further study or employment and developing highly successful career paths.

Over a quarter of Leicester’s adult population have no qualifications. Leicester ranks lowest of its local authority peer comparators on this measure and has fewer adults with higher level qualifications at level 4 and above. We continue to be the largest provider of the adult provision in the city, delivering over 40% of all adult courses.

This clearly demonstrates the important role we continue to play in enabling all members of our local communities to develop the skills they need to progress and develop both their career and personal aspirations. As a college, we believe it is a privilege to support our local communities, delivering education and training to ensure that opportunities for personal growth and development for all.

Our Mission – “Developing skills, supporting businesses, engaging communities, changing lives.”

Our Mission and Values are rooted in the needs of the local community – We want to cement our reputation as the region’s leading further education college, delivering relevant technical and vocational education to equip students with the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will support them in work and life and will enable local businesses to flourish and compete locally, nationally and internationally.

Our programmes will focus on career-led pathways and progression routes specifically designed to meet the sector demand. They will enable the development of skills, improve employability, enhance social mobility and promote digital engagement. We will set high expectations and have high aspirations for all our students and apprentices. We will enable them to acquire the valuable social capital and personal skills and behaviours that will go with them throughout their lives.

Our curriculum offers our support and facilities for students who need to be culturally inclusive, anti-racist, accessible and relevant for all groups. Everyone must be able to get the most out of their college experience, excel in their studies and progress to their intended career or next educational destination.

We are committed to providing an outstanding apprenticeship offer for both employers and apprentices, including the most disadvantaged. In working with employers as partners, we need to ensure that our curriculum offer is well-understood, relevant, valued and adaptable to the changing economic and business environment.

By 2025, Leicester College will have fully aligned itself with national policy around higher technical and professional education and training. The college will continue to be seen as a highly credible and responsive provider of level 4+ awards that deliver positive student progression outcomes, aligned to the LLEP’s higher-level skills strategy. Flexible approaches to learning will attract and engage a wide range of students and the student journey will maintain a clear line of sight to the world of work and foster graduate attributes.

Our customers and stakeholders should expect a high-quality teaching and learning experience, in modern facilities equipped for the world of work, and with courses that are designed to have positive impacts on the local economy.

Our Values – The core values which run throughout our work are:

  • Respect
  • Inclusion
  • Sustainability
  • Equality
  • Excellence

Our Vision – We intend to make sure that the young people, adults and businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire are able to recover from this, to be resilient, confident and with a sense of purpose and optimism about their futures; we want them to be ambitious and positive about what they can do and how they can shape their own, and the local area’s future.

An inclusive and welcoming place to study, Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the country with a local population that has a non-white majority. We want what we do, what we teach and how we behave to make everyone feel included and able to contribute to the college community.

We intend to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment in which to learn and work free from any form of discrimination, bullying or harassment. We also intend to provide a working environment in which all our staff and the wider college community are respected, appreciated and valued for the contribution they make to the organisation.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

    Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 31st July 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 4th August 2023
    Interviews: Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th August 2023


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