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School Adviser - Expression of Interest

Every church school is supported by one of our team of Advisers. As well as pastoral care and school improvement support, our team supports schools in exceptional circumstances. They support the appointment of headteachers, offer conferences, training courses and written resources and are the practical link between school and diocese. Each also can also a ‘specialism’ across the whole team. All advisers have been senior school leaders with many decades of experience between them.

We wish to appoint a new full-time School Adviser to start in September 2020. We envisage that as well as directly supporting over 40 schools, up to 20% of the role will be used to work with others to develop links between schools and churches, not just among church schools. This is part of the national ‘Growing Faith’ initiative.

Suitably qualified people are invited to offer an Expression of Interest by email to the Director of Education. The deadline for this is noon on April 15. The Expression of Interest should include a brief career synopsis, the reasons for your interest and what you would hope to bring to the role and our team. Also include information about your availability from September. 

You should note, there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement of being a practising Christian conversant with the Church of England and committed to its Vision for Education for this role. 

Once these are considered, we will inform you of the more formal appointment process and its timetable.

An open advertisement will be published in due course on the diocesan website and you will be informed of its publication date and deadline (which could be quite tight in the event we need to conclude the process by April 30), should you wish to submit a formal application.

Please note that submitting an Expression of Interest does not obligate you to apply for the position when it is formally advertised, nor would you be disqualified from submitting a formal application once the brief window is open if you do not submit an Expression of Interest.

The purpose of this preliminary stage is to gauge interest and assist us in planning the formal process and its timing.

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Closing Date: 15 April 2020 Noon


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