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Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality – West Nottinghamshire College

West Nottinghamshire College

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Join the newly established senior leadership team at West Nottinghamshire College as Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality and lead the development of a new curriculum strategy with students and the local community at the centre of it.

  • Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Salary: Competitive
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About the role

The College has recently undergone a significant refresh in the appointment of Senior Post Holders with the right cultural fit; people who are not afraid of a challenge and put staff and students at the heart of everything they do. Over the recent months, the College’s position has greatly improved, and we are now well positioned to appoint a Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality who can foster the similar leadership traits as other senior colleagues and lead improvements through an inspirational and welcoming style.

As someone who has a positive track record in a similar role elsewhere in the FE sector, and with substantial experience of employer and community led curriculum development and quality improvement, you will work collegiately to support the vision of the College and realise new strategic success through the design, implementation and review of a new curriculum for the College.

With accountability from the Board for a budget of c£30m and leadership of 320 staff members through five direct reports this is a big job for an experienced curriculum expert.

The Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality will be the strategic lead for:

  • Curriculum strategy and delivery
  • Quality improvement
  • Higher education
  • Apprenticeships
  • Sub-Contracted provision

This role will suit someone who thrives on challenge and cares deeply about providing high quality education and training to support social mobility.

For an initial discussion about the role, please contact:

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

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

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 28th October 2019

This role will require the post-holder to embody the College’s values; Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, High Expectations and Responsibility.

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Dear Candidate,

Sean Lyons, Chair of the Corporation Board, West Nottinghamshire College - FE recruitment

Thank you for considering the position of Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality at West Nottinghamshire College. We hope you find the information contained within this microsite helpful.

Having been Chair of the College Corporation for seven months now, I have been impressed with the commitment of staff at every level in addressing the challenges they faced and in creating a positive vision for our future. The College’s current position has greatly improved over those months and we are now well positioned to put our curriculum and the quality of education we provide at the heart of our thinking. This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to lead this exciting work.

Staff have worked hard on plans for the future and, with the support now agreed with external stakeholders, the College has a strong platform upon which to move forward. Whilst many challenges remain in the FE sector the College has positioned itself well to maximise opportunities and mitigate known risks.

The Board has undertaken a significant refresh and is well placed to steer the direction of the College and continue to give the appropriate level of support, challenge and scrutiny. Governors are keen to ensure the appointment of Senior Post Holders with the right cultural fit; people who are not afraid of a challenge and truly put staff and students at the heart of everything the College does.

We are a very open, friendly and welcoming organisation with a staff team who demonstrate a deep commitment to learners every day. Therefore, we need our new leadership team to be accessible, visible and committed to engaging with staff and students. Our Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality will draw on their substantial experience of employer and community led curriculum development and quality improvement to support the Principal and Chief Executive with stabilising the College and enabling it to deliver its vision.

We have appointed Peridot Partners as our professional advisers on this appointment and we recommend that interested parties have an initial discussion with them by contacting Drew Richardson-Walsh on 07739 364033 | drew@perdiotpartners.co.uk or Sarah Szulczewski on 07841 017043 | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk.

If you think you have the necessary attributes and feel that you are the right person to lead West Nottinghamshire College into the future, we look forward to receiving your application.

With best wishes,

Sean Lyons
Chair, West Nottinghamshire College

West Nottinghamshire College continues on a journey of organisational recovery and is making good progress

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The College appointed a permanent Principal & Chief Executive in May 2019 and soon thereafter new Directors of Finance and Human Resources & Organisational Development. With support being provided by the intervention agencies, there is a real feeling of optimism and opportunity as the College resizes, refocuses and starts to develop areas of quality provision.

The College provides education and training to full and part-time students aged 14 and above across all major industry sectors from pre-GCSE to university level. The provision also includes employer driven and community led courses, making the courses available fully inclusive and relevant to the local area. It primarily serves the needs of Mansfield, Ashfield and clusters of smaller towns and villages across the borders between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Committed to playing a central role in the prosperity of the local area

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The College is committed to playing a central role in the prosperity of the local area, and is grasping the challenge of operating within a community of relatively low aspirations and commitment to education. Participation levels and achievement rates across all groups of learners are key to economic and social regeneration.

In February 2017, the College retained its ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted with inspectors highlighting its role in the area’s cultural and economic regeneration and high standard of vocational training facilities which help students develop the skills for employment.

In October 2016, the College completed a £50m investment to create state-of-the-art facilities for learning. This included the creation of a £6.5m University Centre to improve access to higher education locally and plug the area’s skills gaps and productivity shortages.

A mission to provide skills to enable all students, employer partners and our community to thrive

The College owns bksb which provides online assessment tools and resources to help improve English and maths. bksb provides their innovative software solution to a high proportion of the colleges and educational providers within the sector and in addition to over 2,000 companies world-wide.

The College’s ethos is to embrace and encourage all those who are driven to better themselves, achieve their goals and reach new heights. Outstanding resources combined with exceptional tutors and student support means that the college has the ability to raise the aspirations of potential students to create a powerful ambition, and then to help them achieve it.

In the ever-changing landscape of education, the College is emerging from significant financial challenges. With the support of the FE Commissioner and Education Skills Funding Agency, organisational change has taken place and has delivered an affordable staff base. The College has developed a new strategic plan and a mission to provide skills to enable all students, employer partners and our community to thrive.

The College appointed a permanent Principal & Chief Executive in May 2019 and soon thereafter new Directors of Finance and Human Resources. The appointment of the Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality will final permanent appointment to the senior leadership team with the post-holder playing a key role in achieving the College’s new vision to be a force for raising aspirations across their communities, where high-performing staff encourage students to stretch the boundaries of their potential and, in partnership with employers, develop the workforce of the future.

For more information, please view the following links and attached documents:

West Nottinghamshire College website

Curriculum & Quality Structure

Strategic Plan 2019-2022

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Please download the Role Description and Person Specification and fill out WNC’s Confidential Monitoring Form and our Equality Monitoring Form

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

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

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

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Closing date for applications: 12pm, Monday 28th October 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: by 5pm, Friday 1st November 2019
Preliminary interviews: Friday 8th November 2019
Final interviews: Monday 11th November 2019

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