Hackney Education provides a range of services to support the education of children, young people and adults in our inner London borough. Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. Within our diverse borough we serve a wide range of children and young people. We have a particular focus on supporting less advantaged families: Hackney figures in the 10% most deprived boroughs in England on a number of measures.
Hackney Education’s key priority is to improve the life chances of every child, young person and learner: making Hackney the most forward looking education system in the UK, where schools, settings and partners provide an exciting environment which ensures inclusion and success for everyone. We see our borough as being one of the best places in the country for young people to grow, learn, develop and achieve – and one of the best places for colleagues to work and thrive in our education system.
Independent Chair - Hackney Schools Group
Education in Hackney is in a position of strength across all phases, from early years through to adult education. We are highly ambitious for Hackney’s children, young people and adult learners. A key element of our success has been the maintenance of a strong and lasting partnership between schools and the local authority.
The Hackney Schools Group Board was established in 2019 to continue to develop strong strategic partnerships between the Local Authority and Schools. The Board has been successful in engaging a broad range of voices and opinions in shaping improvement in education, and steering new and improved ways of working.
The Board’s remit will be to act as a challenge and system leader for the education system to make sure all Hackney children do as well as they possibly can throughout their journey through the education system and are well prepared for adult life.
As the Independent Chair of this board you will be expected to develop the Boards’ priorities in consultation with the Director of Education and Inclusion, Senior Leaders, and the Secretariat and drive the work of the HSGB panels.
To be successful in this role, you will have a strong track record of school improvement, a passion for equality, and experience of promoting children’s education through previous or current professional or voluntary activities. You will be a skilled listener to local communities, especially children and parents, and an excellent relationship builder with school leaders. You may have experience as a Non-Executive in a similar organisation, or in a senior Executive leadership role in an education environment, either fixed-term, permanent or in an advisory capacity; either way you must demonstrate knowledge and experience of education Board governance and chairing complex meetings at a senior level.
Other essential personal qualities include a visible passion for education, the ability to perform an ambassadorial role and a desire to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders.
This is a remunerated role with a maximum of two working days per month (approximately 20 days per year). HSG Board and Panel meetings are generally scheduled in the late afternoons.
Hackney Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. As this role involves regulated activity, the successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and additional pre-employment checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and people from a black and ethnic minority background as these groups are currently under represented in our workforce.