Principal Education Adviser

We have two exciting Principal Education Adviser opportunities for Education and Skills in our Children and Young People's Service.

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North Yorkshire is a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work.

Our passion for education continues to drive us. Most children and young people in North Yorkshire already receive a high quality education. The majority of our schools and settings are good or outstanding. Many pupils do well at school, obtain good qualifications, and succeed in life after school. But this is not true of all children or all parts of the county. 

As an authority, we are highly ambitious in the outcomes we seek for all children and young people. As we say in “Young and Yorkshire 2”, we want life chances increasingly to be in their own hands and not determined by geography or family circumstances. We also want to be an inclusive authority with high quality education provision and support which works well together across the spectrum of need, whilst meeting the reality of public sector funding. We have positive and highly valued partnerships with professional associations, members, partners and schools that robustly deliver mutually beneficial outcomes for children and young people. 

We are now seeking Principal Advisers to help us drive change and continuous improvement across our school improvement services.

We believe the role of Principal Adviser is a career enhancing opportunity for someone with the passion, ability and drive to address key education challenges across schools and settings. Your track record in school improvement and education leadership enables you to identify problems and solutions, this drives your service delivery, your impact and your reputation.

The school improvement function has been recently redesigned transitioning from a historically traditional approach to a more facilitative, collaborative, commercial and targeted model underpinned by consistency, quality assurance and robust service delivery. What an exciting time to join us! You will work across a school improvement portfolio, including leading a committed, well respected team of advisors and professionals with a clear strategic focus on enhancing outcomes for all children and young people. 

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your career; we are an authority with a strong track record, relentless focus on delivery and performance, with strong leadership, talented teams and well-developed partnerships, but there is much more to do, that is where you come in. 

Whilst the education world is going through a period of unprecedented challenge, our commitment to a great education for all is unshakeable. Education is the most important gift we can give to our children. Young and Yorkshire 2 rightly recognises education as our greatest liberator. It makes the greatest difference to outcomes for individuals and communities. We do have significant challenges: there is a recognised need to have a differentiated approach to educational attainment in our rural and coastal communities, raising ambition and aspirations for the young people of those particular communities; the gap between those on free school meals and the rest is also wider than we would wish to see and we have significant numbers of small primary and secondary schools in rural locations. We are committed to working in partnership to reduce exclusions and have a holistic, inclusive approach to education. 

We have to find ways of improving excellence for every child and to do this we need two Principal Advisers with the vision, leadership, commercialism and the drive to meet these challenges head on. We need people who can work successfully with key stakeholders to realise our collective aims.

This position’s primary remit is better outcomes for children through the delivery of excellent school improvement services to schools across North Yorkshire. This includes our core and traded services where we have more to do to reach our ambition to be the leading supplier of education service in the north over the next five years, driving solution focussed, proactive, agile and innovative services. 

The post holders will be members of education and skills leadership team and we are looking for people who will be strong corporate players, who will look beyond specific professional areas of education and skills for the good of the Council and its communities as a whole.

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate a strong track in school improvement, evidenced though leadership of your own school and through wider school improvement interventions across other schools. Your experience of senior leadership within a school or education context demonstrates your ability to identify and understand challenges and solutions.

We are looking to appoint two people to cover the following portfolios:

  • Secondary and Post-16
  • Early Years and Primary

As the newly appointed Assistant Director of the Education and Skills service for North Yorkshire County Council, I am excited about the prospect of appointing to these pivotal positions. Together we will lead and continue to shape a newly redesigned service to further develop and improve the outcomes for children and young people across this great county. 

I look forward to receiving your application.

Amanda Newbold, Assistant Director - Education and Skills, North Yorkshire County Council

Role: Principal Education Advisor (two posts)
Salary: Soulbury 26 to 28 + 3 SPA
Contract: Permanent (secondments considered)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Primarily based at North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton with county-wide travel

We are looking for strategic, inclusive and performance-focused leaders to join us as Principal Advisers to drive improvement, proactively solve key education challenges and promote high standards in schools and settings.

These are pivotal leadership roles in the Education and Skills Service and an exciting opportunity to work with schools and settings across North Yorkshire, from towns to rural communities to schools on coast. Principal Advisers will work with schools, both primary and secondary, early years settings including nursery schools, Special Schools and PRUs. The size and geography of North Yorkshire will also enable the post holders to work with a wide variety of different types of schools and settings including maintained schools, academies and small schools some of which are facing challenges with budgets and pupil numbers. The role is demanding, challenging but hugely rewarding, making a real impact on children's lives, driving tangible schools improvement improving outcomes for all children.

The post holders will manage a team of Education Advisers who are responsible for school improvement and work directly to the Assistant Director for Education and Skills.

To be successful in this role you will have a strong track record in school improvement and senior leadership in education; your experience enables you to identify the key challenges and deliver solution focussed services that successfully drives improved outcomes for all children.

The post holders will also work across a variety of service areas including inclusion, the opportunity area and liaise with colleagues in the Children and Families Service. You will deputise for the Assistant Director and become involved with leading professional development days, working with school leadership teams and the teaching school alliances, school reviews and North Yorkshire data analysis developing a strategic approach to tackle challenges, development needs and new innovations.

In addition to leading a portfolio of school improvement services through your teams, you will be the strategic lead for key themes across the service.  A pivotal role in the School Improvement Service leadership team you will develop and lead the service’s strategic direction, be a key influencer with the newly formed locality boards and wider strategic partnerships. 

You will be a corporate player, developing partnerships across services collectively using professional strengths to drive impact.

We welcome application on both a permanent basis and would consider secondment arrangements for the right candidate. 

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your career; we are an authority with a strong track record, relentless focus on delivery and performance you will be welcomed by talented colleagues and well-developed partnerships. 

We understand the importance of workforce development and you will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge, to effectively deliver and improve service. As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, including using modern technologies to support agile ways of working. 

Key documents

These key documents provide further information about our service and the wider council.

Key dates

  • Closing date: 17 September 2020
  • Shortlisting date: 18 September 2020
  • Interview date: 29 September 2020

We welcome individuals looking to relocate, for further information see our  Relocation Policy (pdf / 180 KB).

An Enhanced DBS is required for this post.

We are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies. 

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity.

A recent Local Government Association peer challenge found that North Yorkshire County Council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce, who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression, allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. 

"Working for North Yorkshire County Council comes with numerous benefits. It’s really refreshing to work for an employer that invests support and trust in your work allowing flexibility with a focus on work outcomes.”

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including flexible working hours, pension scheme, family friendly leave, salary sacrifice, learning and development packages, employee discount benefits, opportunities for career progression working across a diverse client base and access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.

This role will be based at County Hall in Northallerton, as a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, which will include working from other bases across the county as well as working from home.

You can find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer here.

How to apply

Please make a note when applying which specialist portfolio is your preference in the supporting evidence section:

  • Monitoring - Early Years and Primary
  • Monitoring - Secondary and Post-16

Key dates

  • Closing date: 17 September 2020
  • Shortlisting date: 18 September 2020
  • Interview date: 29 September 2020


This vacancy is now closed.

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Amanda Newbold via Mandy Lambert (Leadership Support Officer to Assistant Director, Education and Skills) on 01609 532843 (ext 2843).