Assistant Director School & Setting Improvement

Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridge with travel across the two councils

  • Location

    Cambridge with travel across the two councils

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Education, Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £94,333 to £105,783

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    10 June 2019

  • Client

    Cambridgeshire County Council

Ref: GSe54527

Welcome message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in our organisation and in joining us as the Assistant Director for Schools & Setting Improvement across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This joint venture started in December 2017 and I have been working as Director for Education since February 2018. I have previously worked in both Peterborough and Cambridgeshire but I was attracted to this joint post because it gives me, and I hope you, the remit to have a significant impact on the lives of children across a diverse and challenging landscape. I believe there is a unique opportunity here and now to build a legacy for our communities and schools.

I have been really impressed by the enthusiasm and passion across both authorities from front line staff to politicians in developing the initial joint ways of working and am confident you will enjoy the opportunities this role brings.

An excellent education and skills offer is critical to the delivery of our corporate ambition outlined in the CCC/PCC Joint Service Plan. As an Assistant Director in Education you will be part of an established departmental leadership team working closely and seamlessly with the Assistant Director for SEND, the Assistant Director for School Place Planning and Education Capital and other key stakeholders across People & Communities to build a service which supports schools, keeping them accountable, and develops a strategy for long-term sustainable school improvement outcomes.  As part of the leadership team you will benefit from the support of other Assistant Directors and work in a genuinely collegiate and collaborative way. Our members are hugely supportive and committed to the changes the service needs to make. You will be heading up talented teams across both authorities working to you.

Our formal relationships with our education and skills partners have improved in the last 12 months and we are working in a much more focused way to define the problems we are trying to solve and systematically develop solutions to those problems. We have a number of agreed plans in place to improve and develop our education provision and the successful candidate will pick these up and follow them through to completion. We have rapidly improved our key stage 1 and 2 results and we need to continue that progress. We need to engage all schools to work collaboratively to drive success.  The postholder will play a key role in this vision.

Jonathan Lewis, the Director for Education



Cambridgeshire County Council & Peterborough City Council have made a commitment to invest in education and help all local children to fulfil their potential. We have begun an innovative programme of work to identify and realise opportunities to share and integrate education services across Cambridgeshire County Council & Peterborough City Council. We are looking for a strategic collaborative leader who will act as our shared Assistant Director for School & Setting Improvement. You’ll play a pivotal role in working with schools to raise standards, improve school effectiveness and deliver excellent education across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

For this brand new role, we’re looking for an ambitious leader with an excellent track record in delivering sustained school improvement. Reporting to the Director for Education, you will work in the interests of both authorities to ensure continuous improvement and high standards in schools and settings in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, effectively supporting the school-led improvement system in the area.

You will have relevant and extensive leadership experience within an education context, and a strong understanding of the role of data in improving educational outcomes. Your role will be to galvanise the team focussed upon fostering positive, collaborative relationships with schools and partners, while managing the best interests of a wide range of senior stakeholders and ensure we deliver improved education outcomes for all.

You’ll have high levels of political awareness and sensitivity, to allow you to shape and lead services in the interests of two local authorities and make a success of our ongoing shared services programme, which will deliver better, more sustainable education services that will ultimately improve educational outcomes for the children of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious education professional who is eager to broaden their experience and grow their leadership skills and expertise. For further information of this unique opportunity please login to access the job description and further information about this unique opportunity. 

*Please note this is a shared post working on behalf of both Cambridgeshire County Council & Peterborough City Council*

Closing date10am Monday 10th June 2019
Short listing (candidates do not attend)w/c 10th June 2019
Interviews and AssessmentsMonday 24th June 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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Contact details
Gary Evans: 0113 205 6080

Marcia Williams: 07807 621 337