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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    3 October 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    13 September 2022


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No, visa sponsorship not available

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Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

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Contract type


Pay scale

L27 to L31 (£79,959 - £88,188)

Primary Improvement Director job summary


Post: Primary Improvement Director

Pay Scale: L27 to L31 (£79,959 - £88,188)

Contract: 1.0 FTE, Full-time

Start date: Easter 2023 (or sooner if possible)

Are you already a successful Primary Headteacher, a Senior LA or Trust Improvement Leader or Ofsted Inspector, looking for the next career step? Do you:

  • Want to work in a coherent 2-18+ Multi Academy Trust with a shared mission underpinned by a culture of integrity and excellence?
  • Believe in the power of education to transform lives, particularly for the most vulnerable children?
  • Understand that keeping children happy and safe is the most important thing we do?
  • Accept that context matters but understand the common characteristics of great schools?
  • Value partnership and believe this can help schools further improve?
  • Want to spread your expertise and influence across different schools, to more staff and more children?
  • Know how to secure a culture of continuous improvement across a complex and expanding organisation?
  • Want to be central to our plans for future partnership and growth?

If so, then this may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Mercia Learning Trust is a 2-18+, successful, coherent, and growing partnership of currently six schools, serving approximately 4500 children and differing communities in the south and south-west of Sheffield. Our three primary schools feed into our three secondaries, and we are committed to a locality-based approach to future partnership and growth.

We have a reputation for leading very effective and sector leading schools (including transforming standards in previously under-performing schools and establishing an exceptional free school). This work is underpinned by the right balance of school autonomy, a culture of high challenge and support, sharing best practice and alignment, the support of excellent central teams and strong leadership and governance.

The Trust is about to embark on an exciting new phase. As such we wish to appoint a Primary Improvement Director to:

1. Enhance our offer of exceptional support and challenge to existing schools so that they continue to improve.

2. Work with trust and school leaders to promote our vision and realise all aspects of our strategy for growth.

3. Provide strategic and operational support to new partner primary schools as we expand, so they experience the benefits of working with or in our trust.

Application and interview Process

Prior to applying, we advise candidates to read the recruitment pack in detail and explore the Trust and School websites. We also encourage candidates to speak to the CEO about the role and if possible, arrange to visit our schools and trust. Details of how to book an appointment can be found in the ‘Application Process’ section of this pack.

Following application, successful candidates will be invited to assessment and interview.

How to apply

Visit the Mercia Learning Trust website www.merciatrust.co.uk to access the recruitment pack and how to complete the application process. The deadline for an application is Monday 3rd October 2022 (12.00 noon) with interviews (over 2 days) taking place during the week commencing Monday 10th October 2022.

Commitment to safeguarding

Mercia Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. If you are shortlisted, your suitability to work with children will be explored, and this will include disclosing convictions. The information you disclose may be discussed with you during the interview.
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About Mercia Learning Trust

Multi-academy trust

Welcome from the Chief Executive Officer and Trust Chair
Thank you for your interest in this key leadership role.
Mercia Learning Trust is a 2-18+, successful and coherent partnership of currently six (three primary and three secondary) schools, serving children and different communities in the south and south-west of Sheffield. Several of our schools are sector leading, we have successfully transformed standards in those that were previously under-performing, and established an exceptional secondary free school in 2018.

Our mission is clear and unashamedly ambitious. Working as individual schools, and in partnership, our singular intention is to ensure every child, whatever their background, will attend an exceptional school. We understand the life-changing impact of great schools on children and are especially committed to our most vulnerable.

Our Trust strives to operate in a partnership ‘sweet spot’ which we call aligned autonomy.
We share the same mission, but understand each school is different with a unique identity. However, we relentlessly focus support and challenge on the common features of exceptional schools. Use the power of partnership to further drive improvement and back our schools with excellent central functions. Together this means school leaders can always focus upon what really matters and we have a culture of continuous improvement.

Our current effectiveness is recognised by the LA and DFE, and nationally. Indeed, we are one of only nine trusts across the country who have been invited to undertake inaugural World Class multi-academy trust accreditation through the organisation World Class Schools.

After careful consideration of the recent Government White Paper. Trustees have agreed to embark upon a period of growth with schools who share our mission. It is very likely that new primary schools will join the trust during 2022-23 and in the future.

This new role is central to our strategic aims:
1. Support our existing primary schools get even better so that our mission is realised for every child.
2. Further develop our partnership culture to support and drive school improvement.
3. Support our strategy to grow with other local schools and support them secure improvement.
Alongside our children, our staff are our greatest asset. We are committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and caring for our exceptionally talented staff teams.

We hope you will want to join our great team and make a difference to the children and communities we serve.

Please visit our website www.merciatrust.co.uk for more insight and arrange to speak to us about the role as required.

Chris French Phil Smith
Chief Executive Officer Trust Chair

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