The Shaw Education Trust, Stoke-On-Trent, ST7 4DL

This job expired on 5 December 2022

  • Job start date

    25 April 2023

  • Closing date

    5 December 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    8 November 2022

Job details

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


What skills and experience we're looking for

We are keen to appoint a dynamic, innovative, and outstanding leader to the position of Trust National Director of Primary Education within Shaw Education Trust. This role will suit an exceptional individual who has the skills, knowledge, and expertise to lead and support our primary schools to deliver awesome outcomes for pupils.

You will lead strategies which promote, maintain, and improve standards of education in all primary settings including leading sector curriculum and pedagogical innovation. You will work closely with primary Headteachers across the Trust, supporting and challenging them and their teams to deliver a world-class education for pupils and be responsible for tracking standards, triggering interventions, and celebrating their success.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record of school improvement and experience of leading a good/outstanding primary school. In addition, you will have high expectations for what all of our pupils can achieve, be ambitious for our staff and be able to demonstrate the values of the Shaw Education Trust through your leadership.

The role provides an exciting opportunity to work closely with our fantastic primary Headteachers and to join our outstanding Trust central team. You will have access to a wide-ranging support network to enable our colleagues and our schools to flourish. In addition, through our talent management programme, there are opportunities for training, development and qualification routes to enable you to be highly successful in this role.

What the school offers its staff

Our vision is for a society in which everyone has the opportunity to excel, gain employment and sustain independence; a society where aspiration is the norm and high achievement the only acceptable standard. Barriers to success will be removed by high quality educational and training experiences. Our mission We believe every young person can achieve great things, whatever their ability and whatever their background. We will facilitate excellence by all and for all: with no exceptions. We will deliver ‘best in class’ tailored learning to ensure that every young person attending one of our academies has the opportunity and support required to achieve their potential. High quality intervention and targeted leadership development will be the foundation stone of our Trust. We will accelerate improvement in all our academies from their individual starting points. Schools facing challenge will be intensively supported to ‘get to good’ within two years. Leaders will be celebrated, encouraged to excel, think innovatively and be incredible. We pledge an unswerving commitment to improve the life chances of all the young people in our academies. We will focus on bridging the gap between school and the outside world to give young people the best chances to progress to high quality further/higher education, employment or training. We will create a self-sustaining family of schools who will support each other’s success and promote consistently high standards across the Trust.

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About The Shaw Education Trust

Multi-academy trust

Shaw Education Trust is a growing multi academy trust sponsored by Shaw Trust. We lead and manage academies in all phases, all sectors and in all communities. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to be successful whatever their starting point. We pledge an unswerving commitment to improve, accelerate and enable ambitious life goals amongst all young people in our academies. We don't believe in prescribing a curriculum; instead we support our academies to offer a curriculum that deepens knowledge, develops skills and fires the curiosity of students. We also expect each Academy to offer a range of support that addresses life after school, develops students' independence and helps them to prepare for university and the world of work. Senior leaders at each Academy have the support of a core team and commissioned experts to provide high quality teacher training and development to staff to ensure they are continually developing their good practice. We also encourage collaboration within and between our academies to create a community of professionals with a wide range of valuable experience and specialist knowledge to share. Integrity and transparency underpin our accountability approach. We believe in earned autonomy for our academies, with the Trust Board providing the appropriate level of challenge and support - as well as oversight - to each. Local accountability is supported through a system of Academy Councils, with representatives of the whole school community in membership.

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