Director of Standards and Continous Improvement (DoSCI) - Maiden Erlegh Trust Maiden Erlegh School, Reading, Berkshire

Job description

Maiden Erlegh Trust wishes to appoint a Director of Standards and Continuous Improvement (DoSCI). This is a new and exciting opportunity for an experienced senior colleague to work with our CEO and the wider School Improvement Team to support schools and their leaders throughout the organisation.

The successful candidate will ensure the implementation of our Continuous Improvement and Standards Strategies. They will also play a pivotal role in providing advice and support for school leaders, and wider staff, and work with them to ensure that practice is of the highest standard and is consistent across the Trust.

You will be a strong leader with a track record of success at a senior level in a raising standards and/or quality of teaching role in a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ school. You will be experienced in transformational leadership, designing and delivering strategic policies and strategies to embed best practice, and you will have a commitment to your own profession reading and development. You will also be an excellent classroom practitioner in your own right.

Being an excellent communicator and be able to sustain effective working arrangements with a wide range of senior stakeholders is a prerequisite.

If you would like to speak to us informally, or to arrange a visit prior to submitting your application, please contact us at

Closing date: Monday 24 February 2020 by 4pm
Shortlisting: Tuesday 25 February 2020
Interview dates: Week commencing 2 March 2020

Maiden Erlegh Trust is an Ethical Leadership Pathfinder organisation and we are committed to safeguarding, equality and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We are also committed to having the highest expectations of pupil/students and staff, and supporting everyone to reach their full potential. All employees of the school and Trust are expected to share these commitments. All posts require satisfactory employment checks and references and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. All Leadership roles will require a Section 128 check.

Essential educational requirements

• QTS with at least, two years’ evidence of highly effective impact as a Senior Leader in a standards and/or quality of teaching role in a “good” or “outstanding” schools.
• Evidence of highly effective leadership and management.
• Experience as a raising standards leader and/or of undertaking quality assurance across a range of subjects.
• Experience of rigorous improvement and action planning incorporating systematic and accurate impact evaluations.
• Evidence of highly effective support for, and development of school leaders.
• Strong track record of good or outstanding classroom practice and student outcomes.
• Experience of communicating in different formats and with different stakeholders (including governors).
• Strong track record of working within organisations and regulatory frameworks or processes.
• Strong track record of galvanising staff around the aims and culture of an organisation.
• Strong track record of working within prescribed budgets.

Essential qualifications

QTS with at least, two years’ evidence of highly effective impact as a Senior Leader in a standards and/or quality of teaching role in a “good” or “outstanding” schools.

Essential skills and experience

• Ability to prioritise and delegate appropriately, to handle pressure and to work to deadlines
• Ability to follow direction and work in collaboration with others’.
• Decisive and innovative when needed but mindful of organisational expectations and lines of communication.
• Ability to work constructively with a range of colleagues, including school and Trust leaders, in a spirit of support and challenge.
• Ability to prepare clear guidance documents which are coherent with Trust and school policy and practice.
• Strong analytical, planning and organisational skills
• Ability to communicate clearly, proactively and sensitively, both orally and in writing, with staff, governors and other stakeholders.
• Work effectively as a member of a team and to manage independent projects.
• Creative thinking skills eg: to be able to anticipate, identify and solve problems.
• Ability to supervise the work of others and hold them to account.

Employee benefits

Leadership Scale L22-L30 (Director Scale) – Salary negotiable dependent on experience

About Maiden Erlegh School

Secondary School & Sixth Form

Silverdale Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 7HS
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