Early Years Lead

Posting Date: 12 February 2018

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire, GB, Worcester

Company: Babcock

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Job Title: Early Years Lead

Permanent, Full-time

Location: Worcester


Babcock International Group is a FTSE 250 business and is the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation.

Our Skills & Learning business is one of the UK’s largest private sector providers of vocational and skills training. We work in partnership major employers across the Service and Engineering sectors to help develop their people.

We have ambitious growth plans in 2018 and are looking for the best talent to join the team.

We are seeking an individual to lead an improvement programme that will promote improved educational outcomes for Worcestershire children, especially the most vulnerable.

Person Specification


Key Technical Skills

  • Ability to help create and oversee delivery of an improvement strategy
  • Team leadership
  • Effective use of IT systems
  • High level communication skills
  • Credible technical and leadership skills
  • Business planning
  • Performance management

    Key Behavioural Competencies

  • Three key foci –quality, diminishing differences for vulnerable pupils and ensuring safeguarding
  • Results driven
  • Commitment to high quality education and outcomes for all children and young people
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Resilience
  • High integrity and trustworthiness
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people in relation to the tasks of this role

    Key Analytical Skills and Challenges/competencies:


    Ability to gather and synthesis a range of data and information and use this to prioritise  strategic and

Job Description


Key Tasks and Activities –to lead on:

  1. Developing a data dashboard of early years setting/ school performance / capacity and its analysis
  2. Co-ordinating our strategy for raising outcomes for Early Years children in settings  / schools
  3. Identifying maintained school-based Nurseries and Reception classes requiring additional attention and county-wide improvement themes and programmes
  4. Implementing agreed strategy on monitoring, challenge, support and intervention
  5. Act as a Lead Practitioner in schools / settings, modelling policy and practice and coaching colleagues to transition into revised team roles where needed
  6. Promote strategies to raise outcomes for vulnerable pupils, and check their impact.
  7. Ensuring that robust quality assurance and appropriate levels of support and challenge are provided to all schools
  8. Developing an innovative and responsive programme of traded programmes, products and services
  9. Providing strategic leadership for EY but within broader quality improvement work across key stages and settings


  1. Working with WCC commissioners to ensure that work streams are targeted at improvement pupil outcomes and closing the attainment gap right across the EYFS


  2. Overseeing all EY eligibility and funding processes




Key Outputs/Deliverables:


High quality improvement strategy delivered across early years settings and schools in Worcestershire

LA education improvement targets and contractual KPIs in relation to Early Years are met

Revenue from traded work increases


Achievement of traded targets



Describe with whom the role regularly interfaces:



Senior LA officers

LA councillors

School leadership teams

School Governing Bodies

External agencies such as Ofsted and the DFE



Head of Quality and Improvement

Regional Manager, Prime

Early Years Team Managers

Early Years Teams

School Improvement Advisers

Training and conferencing team

Sales and marketing team



Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements.


Company Information

Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.



If this is a role you feel is right for you please apply on this website or visit the Babcock website to apply directly.


Please include a detailed CV with a full work history. Please also ensure you provide an explanation for any gaps in employment.


Due to the high level of response we normally receive, if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


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