Deputy Director, Data and Insight

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Closing date: 23 Oct 2017

Reference number



£88,000 per annum


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area

COO Directorate – Data and Insight

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern



Full time

Number of posts



The post may be based in London or Bristol, but if London there will be an expectation that the post holder will frequently work from the Bristol office where most of the Data and Insight team is based.

About the job

Job description

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Every week, we carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online. We also report on standards across the country and are accountable directly to Parliament. Ofsted’s inspections are independent and impartial.

The Chief Operating Officer's Directorate is responsible for the provision of support services to assist the effective and efficient delivery of inspection, improvement and regulation of education, learning and skills, social care and early years. The directorate is made up of People and Operations and Strategy and Digital group.

The Strategy and Digital group consists of Technology, Data and Insight and Digital Change.

This post leads the Data and Insight team, which is responsible for analysing Ofsted’s data and other available information in order to:

- report publicly through official statistics, management information and other releases on Ofsted’s work and findings;

- inform inspection planning and activity through risk assessment and pre-inspection briefing;

- inform policy development and research activity internally and externally by providing insight into Ofsted data and other available information.

Overall purpose

The Deputy Director, Data and Insight will lead and manage the work of the Data and Insight team, ensuring high quality data and information is accessible internally and externally and analysed to inform and influence Ofsted and those involved with the sectors it inspects and regulates.

For more information about the role please refer to the application pack.


Degree level qualification in a numerate discipline or equivalent relevant knowledge and experience or professional qualification. (Essential)

RSS ordinary certificate in statistics or equivalent or higher qualification incorporating statistics. (Desirable)


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • For further information about the requirements of the role please refer to the application pack.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Ofsted is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities and counselling and advisory services for you and your family.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process please contact Tejal Chitania on 0300 013 0933 or by emailing

Sift/interview dates and location

All applications will be considered by the selection panel. The panel will consider the relevant skills, knowledge and experience demonstrated in the application form. We will inform you whether or not you were successful at each stage.

The most suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview and assessment on Thursday 9 November at Aviation House, London.

The selection and interview panel will consist of: Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector; Neil Greenwood, Director, Digital and Information; Christopher Russell, Regional Director, South East and Stuart Perkins, Head of Talent and Resourcing.

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