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Director of Registry Services National Institute of Teaching (NIoT)

Join the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) at the beginning of our journey and help us to build dynamic registry services that enable the development of an exceptional student experience, from application through to award, as our first Director of Registry Services.

  • Location: National (with regular travel to campuses in London, Birmingham, Doncaster, Redcar, Bristol or Blackburn)
  • Salary: Up to £85,000

Who we are

Rooted in schools; improving outcomes.

At the National Institute of Teaching, our comprehensive approach to education improvement involves three key pillars: research, professional development, and knowledge dissemination. Each of these components plays a vital role in our mission to elevate the quality of teaching in schools and school leadership.

Our vision extends far beyond our organisation. We aim high, not just for ourselves but for the entire landscape of English education. By 2028, we aim to positively influence every teacher and leader in England, either directly or indirectly, as a new and innovative higher education provider with degree-awarding powers.

We were founded by the School-Led Development Trust – a coalition of four prominent multi-academy trusts in England: The Harris Federation, Oasis Community Learning, Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and Star Academies. Within the NIoT, each of these four founding trusts assumes responsibility for a specific region, and their CEOs hold positions on our board of directors.

We are founded on an ambitious strategy that seeks to revolutionise teacher training and school-based leadership development across the country. With an expectation that we scale up at pace and enrol more than 1,000 students by the end of 2024, it is essential we have systems and processes in place to manage both the process of scaling up whilst enabling the delivery of exceptional student and academic services as a national higher education provider.

Our commitment to professional development extends beyond initial teacher training. We offer a wide range of programmes, including the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for teachers and leaders. These programmes cover diverse areas such as leadership, literacy, behaviour and culture, early years leadership, and more. We aim to support educators at every stage of their careers, helping them become skilled, pupil-focused educators and leaders.

Our programmes are designed by educators for educators. We understand the joys and pressures of school life, and our programmes are tailored to address the unique needs and challenges faced by teachers and leaders.

By 2025, over a thousand trainee teachers will be learning their vocation through us, with many more teachers accessing their professional development through our programmes. Each student of the NIoT, regardless of what stage in their career they are at, must have access to highly effective and user-friendly student-facing services and support, information and guidance, and systems, to enable them to have a smooth transition throughout their student journey with us.

We firmly believe that knowledge should be shared for the greater good of the education community. Therefore, knowledge dissemination is a key aspect of our work. We make it a priority to share our research findings, best practices, and programme outcomes with the broader education sector.


About the role

A unique opportunity exists with the National Institute of Teaching, to work with executive leaders and senior colleagues to build a highly effective and student-centred registry function.

As our organisation continues to scale at a significant pace, from our start-up phase through to our ambition of awarding our own degrees as a registered provider of higher education, we look forward to appointing our first Director of Registry Services.

As the NIoT’s lead expert of higher education information systems, reporting, and regulatory compliance, you will be required to design and implement a clearly defined student lifecycle mapped to a new student information system, sector-based regulatory requirements, and our strategic plan.

Energy, proficiency, and significant sector knowledge is required in order for the post-holder to be successful in building a Registry that successfully delivers the following services across the NIoT:

  • Enquiries
  • Admissions
  • Student Records
  • Data and Business Intelligence
  • Student Experience
  • Student Support and Wellbeing
  • Timetabling
  • Policy, Compliance and Reporting
  • Quality Assurance
  • Governance
  • Awards

As you might imagine, this role will provide the post-holder with an opportunity to work in a dynamic and high-energy working environment. You will be afforded a great deal of autonomy within the construct of a supportive senior leadership team all working collaboratively together towards a common goal.

Your focus on providing exceptional and highly regarded student services will be welcomed, as will your ability to think strategically and act decisively as you grow Registry Services from concept through to delivery, including all aspects of policy, systems, services and staffing.

Whilst the pace of innovation happening here might be new to you, we hope you are attracted to this opportunity exactly because of that; and the opportunity to create something new and different to what already exists in the higher education sector.

Who we are looking for

For the post-holder to be successful, we recognise the importance of our first Director of Registry Services bringing a significant amount of experience gained in multiple areas of our intended Registry Services function.

You will likely be an aspiring strategic leader, currently working at a senior and influential level, with a huge amount of potential and capacity for growth and development and currently be working within a higher education institution. We welcome interest from candidates from both the traditional HE sectors and also those from smaller and independent institutions — whilst also happy to consider specialists with HE regulatory and reporting experience gained in a further education college with a substantial HE student population. Put simply, you will be accountable for ensuring we are robustly compliant with regulatory requirements, and able to design information systems that are both accessible and meet the demands of external partners and agencies.

We have an ambition to be a national provider of higher education and professional leadership development, developing and delivering programmes of learning from our existing campuses in the different English regions. With this in mind, you will need to be able to work collaboratively with colleagues based across the country as you define and develop what Registry Services will look like at the National Institute of Teaching, as well as skilled in recruiting, developing and leading Registry colleagues over the next 12-24 months.

Recognising that the National Institute of Teaching is both evolving and changing at any given point in time, you should be comfortable with the benefits and challenges of working in an environment like ours, with prior experience gained of successful change management and project leadership.

The ideal candidate for this role is a dynamic and visionary Registry Services leader with a strong passion for excellence and innovation. Whilst we would hope you are already engaged with sector-based professional bodies, we are happy to support your own professional development whilst in the role.

We have a commitment to ensuring our staff have the opportunity to grow and flourish. Coming with a successful track record in effectively supporting the development of teams and individuals in a growing organisation is desirable.

It is important that our first Director of Registry Services has excellent communication skills and can represent plans and reports internally – to our board of directors, and also externally – to organisations including but not limited to the OfS, QAA, Ofsted, OIAHE and Student Finance England.

We also seek a leader who can demonstrate a proficiency in problem-solving, both operationally and strategically, with a pragmatic and commercially sound approach.

As our team grows, we need someone with demonstrable leadership and coaching skills to drive development and support staff growth. A deep commitment to the mission of the National Institute of Teaching, with a focus on improving schools and communities is also vital.

Peridot Partners and NIoT are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

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

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

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


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Sophie Carney

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th January 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 2nd February 2024
    First stage interviews (remote): Thursday 8th February 2024
    Final stage interviews: Friday 16th February 2024

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