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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. However, 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 our Being Young in North Yorkshire Plan, 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. 

Due to the growth of our service, we are now seeking Senior Education Advisers, Safeguarding Advisors, Principal Advisors and Head of School Improvement to help us drive change and continuous improvement across our school improvement services.

We believe these roles are career-enhancing opportunities 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 and targeted model underpinned by consistency, quality assurance and robust service delivery. What an exciting time to join us! 

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. Being Young in North Yorkshire 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 have a range of roles available 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.

The primary remit of these roles 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. 

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 our communities as a whole.

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

As the 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

Find out more about the roles and apply

Role summary

Job title: Senior Education Adviser
Salary: Soulbury 13-16 + 3 SPA
Contract: Permanent (secondments considered)
Hours: 37 hours per week (0.6 and 0.8 part time posts considered)
Location: Primarily based at North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton - with some home working and county-wide travel expected

Role details

Do you have a strong, successful track record in education?

We are looking to appoint to our school improvement team. These are key roles in the council’s School Improvement Service and an exciting opportunity to work with a range of schools and settings across North Yorkshire, from towns to rural communities to schools on coast. You will work with a wide variety of different types of schools and settings including maintained schools and academies.

The post holder will support North Yorkshire County Council’s school improvement strategy, which centres on developing a self-improving school system, raising achievement and diminishing differences between vulnerable groups.  You will currently be a respected serving practitioner with strong leadership experience and a successful track record in school improvement or in a relevant role within a Local Authority or MAT. You will have the skills, credibility, passion and experience to:

  • influence, inspire and support others so that children and young people can achieve their best
  • build on the success of early years settings and schools in North Yorkshire
  • challenge underperformance where it exists, and secure plans for improvement
  • develop collaboration and partnerships between settings, schools, stakeholders and partners

If you are interested in this post and would like to become a part of an authority with a strong track record, relentless focus on delivery and performance, we would welcome your application. If appointed, you will work in partnership with headteachers, school leaders, advisers from North Yorkshire school improvement service.

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

Key dates

  • Closing date: Monday 4 April 2022
  • Interviews: week commencing 25 April 2022

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Rebekah Taylor (Head of School Improvement) by emailing Rebekah.Taylor@northyorks.gov.uk

Apply

Apply - Senior Education Adviser

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.

References will be obtained prior to interview.

Thank you and we look forward to exploring your interest further.

Role summary

Job title: Safeguarding Adviser (Schools)
Salary: Soulbury 10-13 + 3 SPA
Contract: Permanent (secondments considered)
Hours: 37 hours per week (0.6 and 0.8 part time posts considered)
Location: Primarily based at North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton - with some home working and county-wide travel expected

Role details

Do you have a strong, successful track record in leading safeguarding in an education environment?

We are looking to appoint to new posts in our school improvement team. These safeguarding advisor roles are key to meeting the priorities in the council’s School Improvement Strategy that puts safeguarding at the forefront of the team’s work to improve schools. This is an exciting opportunity to work across a range of schools and settings across North Yorkshire, from towns to rural communities to schools on coast. You will work with a wide variety of different types of schools and settings including maintained schools and academies who support children from early years to post 16. Your role will include auditing, advising and delivery of development activity to schools and settings that require an enhanced support package for safeguarding.

You will currently be a respected serving school-based practitioner with DSL experience or in a relevant role within a Local Authority or MAT. You will have the skills, credibility, passion and experience to:

  • influence, inspire and support others so that the safeguarding and welfare of children is at the forefront
  • recognise and share best practice already evident in settings and schools in North Yorkshire
  • effectively challenge settings where the culture is not effective and secure rapid and sustainable plans for improvement
  • develop collaboration and partnerships between settings, schools, stakeholders and partners
  • understand local risks and provide timely expertise, guidance and signposting to schools and settings

If you are interested in this post and would like to become a part of an authority with a strong track record, relentless focus on delivery and performance, we would welcome your application. If appointed, you will be expected to work in partnership with headteachers, school leaders, EY managers and advisers from North Yorkshire school improvement service. You will build connections to the safeguarding partnership and other education and inclusion services. Your role will be traded to schools and settings so you will be expected to regularly visit schools across different areas of the county. The council’s travel policy applies - more information is available if requested.

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

Key dates

  • Closing date: Monday 4 April 2022
  • Interviews: week commencing 25 April 2022

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Louise Wilson (Principal Adviser) by emailing Louise.Wilson@northyorks.gov.uk

Apply

Apply - Safeguarding Adviser (Schools)

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.

References will be obtained prior to interview.

Thank you and we look forward to exploring your interest further.

Role summary

Job title: Principal Adviser
Salary: Soulbury 26 to 28 + 3 SPA
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Primarily based at North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall - with some home working and county-wide travel expected

Role details

Do you have a strong, successful track record in education and leadership?

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

This is a pivotal leadership role in the School Improvement team and an exciting opportunity to work with schools and settings across North Yorkshire, from towns to rural communities to schools on coast. As Principal Adviser the role could see you specialising in early years, primary, secondary, special schools and PRUs. The size and geography of North Yorkshire will also enable the post holders to work with a wide variety of schools and settings including maintained schools and academies. Through your team, you will have clear oversight of a large group of maintained schools and will be linked to a set of academy trusts. The role is demanding, challenging but hugely rewarding, making a real impact on children's lives, driving tangible school improvement and impacting on outcomes for all children.

The post holder will manage a team of Education Advisers who are responsible for school improvement, each with an allocated set of schools, and you will work directly to the Head of School Improvement. To be successful in this role you will have a proven track record in delivering school improvement in your own school and across other schools; your experience enables you to identify the key challenges and plan solution-focussed services that successfully drive improved outcomes for all children.

The post holder will work alongside a variety of service areas including children and families, inclusion, finance, strategic planning and HR. You will deputise for the Head of School Improvement and become involved with leading professional development workshops for school leaders and for SI colleagues and you will develop strong partnerships with teaching school alliances. You will shape the model for whole school or focussed reviews and you will use North Yorkshire’s performance information to develop the team’s strategic approach to working with schools in the county.

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. You will develop and lead the service’s strategic direction and be a key influencer across wider strategic partnerships. 

You will be a corporate player, building on collaborative working across services and collectively using professional strengths to achieve shared targets.

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your career; you will be given opportunity to develop your skills in working across a large and complex organisation.

We understand the importance of workforce development and you will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge, to effectively deliver and improve the 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

Key dates

  • Closing date: Monday 4 April 2022
  • Interviews: week commencing 25 April 2022

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Rebekah Taylor (Head of School Improvement) by emailing Rebekah.Taylor@northyorks.gov.uk

Apply

Apply - Principal Adviser

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.

References will be obtained prior to interview.

Thank you and we look forward to exploring your interest further.

Role summary

Job title: Head of School Improvement
Salary: Soulbury 32 to 35 + 3 SPA
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Primarily based at North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton - with some home working and county-wide travel expected

Role details

Do you have a strong, successful track record in leading school improvement?

We are looking for a passionate, successful and inclusive leader to join us as Head of School Improvement to take a strategic lead for this important and highly valued team. 

The role is central to the ambition for schools and settings across the county. In North Yorkshire, we want all children to be safe, happy, healthy, and to achieve well. The School Improvement team supports and promotes these aims and the head of service role provides a challenging yet exciting opportunity to make a real difference to children, schools and settings across North Yorkshire. As head of the service you will lead on improvements for education settings for children from pre-school age to post 16. Your team will include specialists across early years, primary, secondary, special schools and PRUs.

North Yorkshire has over 360 schools and over 500 early education and childcare settings. Through your team, you will have clear understanding of the strengths and needs of the 200+ maintained schools and you will develop and maintain strong relationships with leaders of academy trusts. The role is vast and complex but hugely rewarding. Your leadership will make a real impact on children's lives.

The post holder will manage a team of Principal Advisers who share responsibility for a large group of schools and for an education phase. Within the service, a team of education advisers are allocated to a set of schools and the team offers other specialists including governor support, clerking and early years. To be successful in this role you will need the expertise to manage multiple teams across a large organisation, working in an ever-changing landscape.

The post holder will be expected to lead projects that require collaboration with a range of school-related council services such as inclusion, finance, strategic planning and HR. As the strategic lead of school improvement, your influence will stretch across internal and external stakeholders. You will liaise closely with Teaching School Hubs and other partners in the school improvement arena.

You will be a corporate player, building on collaborative working across services and collectively using professional strengths to achieve shared targets.

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your career; you will be given opportunity to develop your skills in working across a large and complex organisation.

We understand the importance of workforce development and you will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge, to effectively deliver and improve the 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

Key dates

  • Closing date: Monday 4 April 2022
  • Interviews: week commencing 25 April 2022

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Amanda Newbold (Assistant Director, Education and Skills) by emailing Amanda.Newbold@northyorks.gov.uk

Apply

Apply - Head of School Improvement

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.

References will be obtained prior to interview.

Thank you and we look forward to exploring your interest further.

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.

These roles 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.

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Rebekah Taylor at rebekah.taylor@northyorks.gov.uk 

Thank you and we look forward to exploring your interest further.

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