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School Development Partner
  • Employer: Northwest Academies
  • Reference: OTH/21/169722
  • Published: Thu 21/10/2021, 13:55 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 22/11/2021, 9:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time, Term Time
  • Hours: 3 days per week, term time only
  • Salary: TBC
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: North West Academies Trust, Cheshire

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School Development Partner

NWAT: Job Title: School Development Partner

Reporting to: NWAT CEO

Salary: Competitive

Term: Full time/3 days a week, two-year contract, or secondment from current position for right candidate

The North West Academies Trust is looking for an outstanding, enthusiastic and passionate School Development Partner who is keen to work with us to support the continued improvement of education across the trust. Highly motivated and resilient, you will have a genuine desire to improve the outcomes of all of our pupils at every stage of their educational journey. We happy to consider candidates who are looking for career development or via a secondment from their current post.

As a Trust our core purpose is to ensure that Headteachers can lead their schools effectively and get the best outcomes for all their pupils. We operate a bottom-up structure of mutual support that enables our schools to thrive. As a member of the central team you will need to have great interpersonal skills and be able to both challenge and support Headteachers whose schools all serve very different communities.

Great education is all about first-hand experience and empowering children to lead rich lives. Your experience will need to reflect this and you will need to be able to work collaboratively with Headteachers to enable them to deliver the curriculum the pupils deserve.

The successful candidate will be smart and intelligent, a quick thinker who is not afraid of taking risks and most importantly someone who can inspire. If this sounds like you and you would like to discuss how you experience can be applied across our ten schools, please get in touch Claire Booth – HR Officer  in the first instance or contact our CEO Steve Docking .

Strategic Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with senior leaders and staff to maintain and support the quality of education in the Trust’s schools. Work in a more direct and supervisory manner with senior staff where schools have been identified as requiring
  • Support the CEO and Headteachers in the development of the Trust’s schools at all phases, work with schools on curriculum design and sequencing so that students are well prepared for their next steps in
  • Lead, contribute to and participate in Trust professional development to improve the quality of education, target setting and action
  • Provide consistent, motivational leadership and support to senior leaders and support all of our schools to be the best they can be and be role models for
  • Support senior staff to ensure accurate, timely and effective self-assessment and school improvement plans are completed. Ensure that all schools continually improve the quality of education for the young people in their care, taking appropriate actions where more rapid improvement is
  • When requested, and following discussion with, the Trust CEO and the relevant headteacher’s, work with local partner schools to support curriculum delivery and the quality of education for
  • Critically evaluate and report on each school’s performance and ensure all performance targets are
  • Ensure regular, open communication with the CEO, working to enable the Trust Board to meet its strategic objective

Teaching and Learning

  • Support schools to engage learners through creating effective, interesting and relevant teaching and learning with a broad, balanced and well-sequenced curriculum which builds students’ ‘powerful knowledge’.
  • Identify highly effective practice within the Trust schools, and create partnership with schools where this practice can be used to good effect.
  • Secure and sustain effective, high quality teaching and learning by developing and embedding efficient strategies for monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and standards of students’ achievement and progress, using benchmarks and setting targets for rapid
  • Support headteachers in developing an inclusive and supportive approach so that each school is a place where all students and the wider community feel welcome, with particular reference to the pupils who need the most support in our schools
  • Understand the importance of reading in unlocking the world and ensure that all primaries have the highest aspirations possible to develop reading in their schools

Systems and Processes

  • Support the CEO to secure robust Trust self-evaluation and quality assurance
  • Work with the headteachers to support the CEO and Trust Board to assess individual school
  • Working with the Trust’s headteacher’s and CEO, advise the Trust Board on school improvement issues and their overall impact on outcomes.
  • Develop a culture of personal responsibility that recognises excellence and supports appropriate strategies to deal with under-performance in accordance with the Trust’s appraisal and capability policies and procedures.
  • Have an overview of safeguarding and ensuring effective procedures are in place across the Trust

General Responsibilities

  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to safeguarding, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of and support diversity to help ensure everyone has equal access to the Trust’s services and feels valued, respecting their social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic background.
  • Undertake personal development through training and other learning activities including performance management as required.
  • At all times uphold the high standards of the Trust and never miss an opportunity to spread the good news of the work we do!
  • Other reasonably similar duties may be allocated from time to time commensurate with the general character of the post. The person appointed will be expected to work flexibly and the exact nature of the duties described above is subject to periodic review and is liable to

Person Specification Criteria


  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Ofsted experience or Ofsted trained
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Appropriate academic or professional qualification at degree or higher degree level
  • Full driving license

Skills and Knowledge

  • Good understanding of the key issues affecting the curriculum
  • Understanding of current developments in education, and of relevant qualification frameworks
  • Ability to write coherent reports and speak in public effectively
  • Ability to promote the Trust in the wider community
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Being available and approachable to staff at all levels and with varied knowledge
  • Skilled in understanding how to embed a culture of outstanding performance and student support improvements in standards, in teaching and learning and in behavior
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to prioritise, work efficiently and accurately, particularly under pressure, to deadlines and using own initiative E


  • Substantial successful record of teaching, achieving   outstanding results and having personal impact
  • Significant experience of a senior management roles
  • Experience of working across a group of institutions
  • Experience of working with governors/trustees
  • Significant impact on standards of attainment
  • Outstanding classroom practitioner with evidence of excellent examination results
  • Proven ability to develop teaching staff
  • Experience of professionally developing staff including coaching and mentoring

Personal Qualities

  • An unwavering commitment to the vision, mission and  values of the Trust
  • A resilient, determined, positive and creative approach
  • Sound judgement, integrity and consistency, particularly under pressure
  • Empathy, affability and positivity – ‘can do attitude’
  • Confidence, able to influence and gravitas
  • Resilience and high degree of motivation – a self-starter
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Interpersonal and communication skills of a high standard, applicable and able read a range of audiences
  • Concern for the individual and team needs and the ability to cater for both
  • High degree of emotional intelligence
  • Flexible approach


  • To teaching and learning as the first priority
  • To valuing the individual and boosting self-worth and self-belief of all young people
  • To outstanding student progress and attainment
  • To high standards and expectations for both pupils and staff
  • To promoting equality of opportunity

North West Academies Trust (NWAT)

NWAT believes an aspirational and inspirational education is the right of every child. Our success is driven by a commitment to improve standards and outcomes for all pupils. As specialists in high-quality education, we are passionate about supporting schools within their communities and helping ensure outstanding learning opportunities for every child. The schools in our Trust provide excellent teaching and strong leadership in a creative, supportive and aspirational environment. We have the necessary experience of driving up standards in education in order to provide a learning environment in which all children and young adults can achieve their full potential. We are an organisation built on strong foundations, enabling us to expand and welcome new schools with ease while still retaining focus on our core commitment to excellence in education. We have the experience, ambition and aspiration to bring about excellence and inspire children to succeed. Whatever the challenges are, our goal remains the same: to provide children with opportunities to aspire and succeed, and open their eyes to the wonderful world of possibility.