School Improvement Deputy Lead

Posting Date: 12 February 2018

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire, GB, Worcester

Company: Babcock

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School Improvement Deputy 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 to recruit an individual to monitor and support educational provision and promote improved educational outcomes for all children aged 5-19 with schools of Worcestershire.


Person Specification


Key Technical Skills

  • Refined skills in analysing and presenting data about subject and key pupil group performance
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • High level communication skills
  • Credible technical and leadership skills
  • Business planning
  • Performance management
  • Consultancy skills - understand current and future school needs and able to create products and courses to meet these


    Key Behavioural Competencies

  • Ability to identify key strategies for addressing systemic performance issues at a system level, especially in relation to schools causing concern
  • Commitment to high quality education and outcomes for all children and young people
  • Particular knowledge and understanding in relation to special educational needs and children looked after and high quality school provision in this regard
  • Commitment to the safeguarding of and promotion of welfare  for children and young people
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Resilience


Job Description


Key Tasks and Activities:                                              

  1. Supporting schools at risk of requiring improvement to retain / get to good within twelve months; through a small caseload of schools
  2. Manage a specialist team of School Improvement Advisers; for example, those who work with ‘at risk’ Focus schools embedding Aiming for Outstanding, our strategy and in particular, a Focus Schools Improvement Initiative, to include quality assurance and impact evaluation.
  3. Oversee impact evaluation of Aiming for Outstanding modules through a robust programme of SIA monitoring visits
  4. Ensure early referral to School Improvement Team Lead in relation to schools not making sufficient progress; enacting intervention.
  5. Co-lead on developing partnerships with headteachers across districts in support of initiatives to raise standards
  6. Co-lead on inspection management; risk assessment, support for and follow-up.
  7. Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people in relation to the tasks of this role.
  8. Support the Team Lead in overseeing performance management and planning professional development opportunities for the team and each individual within it.


    Additional Key Accountabilities:

  • Partnership working with Teaching Schools and other system leaders


Key Outputs/Deliverables:


  • High quality school improvement traded strategy delivered across schools in Worcestershire and beyond
  • Revenue from traded work increases


  • Contributing to meeting contract KPIs


    Describe with whom the role regularly interfaces:



    Senior LA officers

    School leadership teams

    School Governing Bodies

    External agencies such as Ofsted and the DFE



    Head of Quality and Improvement

    Regional Manager, Prime

    Area Manager

    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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