Brighter Futures for Children
Full-time, Permanent post
Brighter Futures for Children is an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services to children and families in Reading.
We work closely with partners in the local community and key organisations including Reading Borough Council, policy, public health and voluntary groups. We are responsible for the delivery of children’s social care, early help & prevention, education services (including SEND). This also includes fostering and adoption, the Youth Offending Service and traded services with schools.
Our main aim is to protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading. We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy and successful lives.
About the role
To evaluate and advise on school effectiveness and work in partnership with head teachers, school governors, academy sponsors and other stakeholders to support the drive for high educational standards for all children and young people in Reading, particularly those vulnerable to educational under-achievement
- To work in partnership with head teachers, school governors, academy sponsors and other stakeholders to support the drive for high educational standards for all children and young people, particularly for children vulnerable to educational under achievement
- To evaluate school effectiveness and provide assurance to Service Managers, School Governors and Headteachers
- To implement, in conjunction with the service managers, interventions in maintained schools, using the LA’s statutory powers under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998 and the Education and Inspections Act, 2016.
- To contribute to professional reports to a wide variety of external and internal audiences and contribute to BFFC bids for financial resources relating to school standards.
- To lead on strategic projects as directed by Service Managers
- Provide visible and effective educational leadership to schools.
- Advise the service managers on the development, implementation, and continual review of school curriculums, policies, and strategies for raising standards, achievement, and expectations.
- Ensure that the needs and priorities of children and young people are at the centre of school effectiveness service strategic planning and service delivery.
Previous management experience and knowledge of the Education Framework for schools is required. This is a highly rewarding role where you’ll have the opportunity and autonomy to really make a difference.
- Recent experience of headship
- Knowledge of the Education Inspection Framework for Schools
- Up to date knowledge and understanding of recent educational research
- Successful track record of achievement as a manager in a large, complex, multi-disciplinary organisation.
- A proven track record in the initiation and management of effective change.
- A thorough understanding of the use of strategies and data to improve pupil achievement and progress, and to improve achievement for under performing groups.
- An in-depth knowledge of schools, teaching, learning, curriculum, leadership, management, and governance.
- Proven experience of providing excellent leadership to schools, building, and maintaining strong, productive relationships.
- Up to date knowledge and understanding of relevant national and regional policies.
- Understanding of and commitment to valuing diversity, including knowledge of how to reduce inequalities in educational achievement.
- Successful record of leading and managing staff, within a performance management framework to achieve outcomes.
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition are strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- 25 days holiday plus public holidays (rising to 32 after 10 years’ service)
- Discounted Child Care (on site nursery)
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loans
- A range of local discounts
For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Mo Galway on Mo.Galway@brighterfuturesforchildren.org or Alice Boon on Alice.Boon@brighterfuturesforchildren.org
Closing date: 2nd October 2022
Interview date: To be confirmed
We look forward to hearing from you!