Director of Education


London or home-based with travel

  • Location

    London or home-based with travel

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    22 August 2019

  • Client

    I CAN

Ref: GSe55924

I CAN is the leading children’s communication charity in the UK.  At a pivotal moment in our development, we are looking for an experienced educationalist to lead our two outstanding schools, located in Surrey and the East Midlands.

This is a truly exciting time to join I CAN as we embark on developing a new three-year plan, growing our speech and language and educational advisory work and investing further in our support services. We have succeeded in outperforming our overall organisational income target in 2018/19 by over £1m, so there is much to build on and we have aspirations to grow.

Working collaboratively with our senior management team and our two schools, you will demonstrate significant school leadership experience, an in-depth knowledge of Ofsted requirements, a proven track record of achievement and a real passion for children and young people being able to achieve the most they possibly can.  A collaborative leader, you will engender a ‘one organisation’ culture ensuring that our schools and our wider directorates work closely  together to fulfil our mission that no child should be left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding. You will be driven by outcomes, and exhibit leadership ability across curriculum management, parent support and continuous improvement and will use a coaching leadership style to get the best from our dedicated staff.

The role can be either home-based, or London-based, with regular travel to our schools and can be undertaken on either a four or five day week, pro-rated.

Closing Date10am - Friday 23rd August 2019
Longlist meeting w/c 2nd September 2019
Preliminary Interviews with Gatenbysanderson w/c 9th September 2019
Shortlist Meeting w/c 16th September 2019
Final Panel Interviews 10th October 2019
How to apply

The Director of Education will be selected on the basis of a combination of a written application and interview. To apply for the role, please provide the following:

  • an up to date CV (maximum 3 pages);
  • a supporting statement that addresses all of the bulleted criteria set out in the Person Specification and tells us why you are interested in this role;
  • the names and contact details of two referees who we may contact after the shortlisting stage (please note that we will not take up these references without advising you first).

Please ensure that you complete the equalities monitoring questionnaire that automatically appears on the GatenbySanderson website as you complete your application with us online. This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.

Applications should be submitted via the GatenbySanderson website Please contact the GatenbySanderson team on 0207 426 3982 if you experience any difficulties when uploading your application.

If you would like an informal, confidential discussion about the appointment, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Joanna Thornton, Victoria Wakerley on 020 7426 3977 or Rebecca O’Connor (0207 426 3373).

We are committed to supporting the principle that everyone should have the same opportunities for employment, development and progression. This should be based on their ability, competence and suitability for the role. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
If you have a disability, please indicate in your application whether you need any specific assistance or adjustments to enable you to be interviewed.

Contact details
Victoria Wakerley: 020 7426 3977