About the job
About the Department for Education
The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for education, children’s services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.
To achieve this vision we prioritise our work around three system goals:
• Safety and wellbeing - all children and young people are protected from harm and vulnerable children are supported to succeed with opportunities as good as those for any other child
• Educational Excellence Everywhere - every child and young person can access high-quality provision, achieving to the best of his or her ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background
• Prepared for adult life - all 19 year-olds complete school, college or an apprenticeship with the skills and character to contribute to the UK's society and economy, and are able to access high quality work or study options
About the Regional Delivery Division
Operating on eight regional sites (co-located and working alongside the complimentary priorities of the Regional Schools Commissioners’ offices) the Regional Delivery Division will deliver regional and sub-regional priorities around teacher sufficiency and teacher development, and join up work on school improvement with the Strategic School Improvement Fund. The roles are centred on engaging directly with schools and others to support the implementation of programmes and feedback into national policy.
In doing so, the division aims to ensure that the programmes available to, and delivered in the region are right for that area, and ultimately help to improve teaching and hence the outcomes of the children and young people who live there.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity to help support the recruitment and retention of teachers, the development of teachers and leaders, and prioritise the investment of school improvement funding in the South East South London (SESL) region.
You will be responsible for supporting senior leaders in the SESL team by:
• Collating and analysing data to support decision-making
• Developing and maintaining risk registers, trackers, plans, process charts and maps to monitor progress
• Writing timely, concise and high-quality briefings, reports, correspondence and minutes to communicate key messages to internal and external audiences
• Organising meetings and events on a range of issues
• Maintaining regular contact with colleagues across the division and wider DfE teams, and staying abreast of educational developments
• Contributing to corporate activities to help shape the culture of the division and establish the systems and processes that support our work
You will be proactive, enthusiastic, have good judgement and excellent organisational skills. You will need a flexible approach to dealing with a challenging and varied workload and the ability to work at pace. You will have the ability to manage a quality service, understanding the importance of setting priorities, creating clear plans and managing your work to meet the needs of the business. Finally, you will be a team player, with excellent communication skills and a commitment to working collaboratively with all colleagues.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Making effective decisions
- Delivering at pace
- Managing a quality service
Civil Service Competency Framework
Things you need to know
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration
requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to tell us what you would bring to this role (see ‘About the role’ and ‘About you’).
An initial sift based on competency 1: ‘Making Effective Decisions’ may be held if a large number of applications are received.
If your application progresses to a full sift, all competencies will then be considered.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
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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.
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Contact point for applicants
Sift/interview dates and location
Sifts will take place in the week beginning 4th September.
Interviews will take place in the week beginning 18th September in Central London.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
The Department for Education’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the Civil Service Commissioner’s Recruitment Principles, which outlines that selection for appointment is made on merit based on fair and open competition.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the values in the Civil Service Code and/or if you feel the recruitment has been conducted in such a way that conflicts with the Civil Service Commissioner’s Recruitment Principles, you may make a complaint, by contacting the Central Recruitment Team at the following address CentralRecruitment.Operations@education.gov.uk
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint you have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• approach the point of contact in the job advert as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional