We are at an important stage of our development and we have set out our strategic priorities for the coming years in order to support our vision for every school in our network to become an excellent school. We are therefore seeking to appoint a Principal Consultant to join our team. This is a role which will be part of the central VNET team, working closely with school leaders to maximise the benefit of their membership and improve their schools.
You will be an exceptional Primary Phase leader who has a proven track record of successful school improvement at headteacher/principal level – ideally in at least two Primary schools. A key part of the role will be to work closely with our member primary schools, our subject specialist associates and leadership consultants. You will therefore be someone who is able to build relationships quickly across and within schools. Experience as a Primary Phase system leader is essential.
You will be someone who has successful experience in all areas of school improvement. Most importantly, you will be someone who can support our vision and ethos but challenge us in our thinking as we embark on the next stage of our journey.
You will be joining a small and highly professional team. Each member of the team works to support the member schools in delivering their strategic objectives.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a progressive school improvement network where you will be a key leader on the strategies to support member schools in their school improvement. In conjunction with the directors and other associates, you will contribute to educational improvement by supporting, advising and challenging schools and partners to achieve the highest standards.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
We can offer you:
We are prepared to consider a secondment for a practising headteacher for a period of up to two years or permanent appointments.
VNET is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and we warmly welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates. We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age. All applications will be considered solely on merit and we would consider full-time/flexible/part time working as part of our aim to be an employer of choice.
VNET is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.
For an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity please contact VNET’s Director of Education, Sonia Innes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send completed CV and letter of application to: email@example.com
Full Time / Part Time, Permanent
Norfolk with options for home working as well as visits to member schools.
Variable hours up to 40 hours/week; occasional weekend working to support conferences or other events.
The employee is entitled to the following paid holiday:
All Bank and other Public Holidays, and unlimited holidays above statutory minimum provided such periods are agreed with the employee’s manager. The nature of the company’s business means that the employee should plan most holidays to be taken during school holiday periods.
The Company will contribute an employer contribution of 3% of basic salary to an approved pension scheme for the employee under the auto-enrolment duty. The employee is required to contribute a minimum of 5% of basic salary to the approved pension scheme.
Not suitable for newly qualified teachers (NQT)
Friday 16 April 2021
Wednesday 24 March 2021
Interviews to be held:
Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April 2021
Principal Consultant – Person Specification
Qualified Teacher Status
Evidence of continuous learning and commitment to future professional development
Coaching Qualification and/or experience
Demonstrable and successful strategic leadership within a school or school improvement organisation as a headteacher or principal to achieve excellent outcomes for pupils
Experience of monitoring and improving quality of education
In-depth experience of all primary phases including EYFS
Successful experience of curriculum design
Demonstrable experience as a System Leader of school-to-school support and improvement
Experience of designing and delivering training for a variety of stakeholders
Experience of designing and delivering training for other organisations
Experience of headship in more than one school
Experience of headship in more than one Local Authority or MAT
Experience as an inspector for Ofsted or equivalent training
Experience of serving in a governance capacity
Experience of working in the corporate education or charity/non-profit sector
Knowledge and understanding
Up-to-date knowledge in subject, national policy, pedagogy, classroom management strategies, inspection frameworks and statutory requirements
Clear understanding of the current education landscape
An understanding of how to build strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders
Proven ability to effectively use school performance data, intelligence and evidence to accurately identify trends, create meaningful insight, recommendations and to inform decision making
Strong and detailed knowledge and understanding of strategies to enhance school improvement
Proven experience of good working relationships with stakeholders
Involvement in influential local and national education organisations
Successful implementation and wide ranging knowledge of digital learning platforms and pedagogies
Belief in and commitment to the overarching values of VNET and ability to articulate the vision to a wide range of audiences
Personal determination, drive, energy and ambition to support schools in delivering excellent outcomes for children using a strength-based approach
Demonstrates an open and approachable interpersonal style
Excellent organisational skills including: time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving and multitasking
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
Excellent team working and relationship management; able to build effective working relationships at all levels, reinforcing partnerships
Able to use a range of digital hardware or software to support your work effectively i.e. Microsoft or Google software
Able to work flexibly and independently with limited management oversight
Highly effective and credible leader, who inspires the respect and support of others and has an open and approachable interpersonal style
Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
Current driving licence and access to a vehicle
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