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Senior Education Improvement Advisor - Secondary and 16 Plus

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£58,026 - £64,619 per annum. Incremental progression is subject to performance.
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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Senior Education Improvement Advisor – Secondary and 16 Plus

Hand H - £58,026 - £64619 per annum. Incremental progression is dependent on performance. 
 Hours: Full Time , 37 hours per week

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Education Improvement Advisor to join our School Improvement Team, working closely with Headteachers, school governors, a range of Local Authority services and Ofsted to ensure the best possible standards of education for our children and young people. 
 With successful senior leadership in a school and/or local authority experience behind you, you will be a Senior School Improvement Adviser for a group of secondary schools and take the lead on supporting the 16 plus offer across Solihull. A deep understanding of whole school strategies for raising achievement is essential. 

Solihull Council’s vision is to create an education system in Solihull that delivers the very highest standards for all children and young people; to continue to close the achievement gap and allow every child in a Solihull school to reach their full potential. The education improvement service supports school leaders in developing borough wide collaboration and school improvement.                                   

In Solihull we will ensure that our education system prepares all children and young people to become confident and responsible citizens. We aim for young people to be equipped with the skills they need for their own future prosperity.
 We are seeking to appoint a candidate who work with both schools and academies.
To be considered for this post, you will need to demonstrate:

  • A proven track record of school improvement as a leader in school.
  • Strong leadership skills and champion improving outcomes for pupils promote school-led leadership and work in partnership with leaders in allocated schools.
  • Excellent understanding of the context in which schools work and strategies to overcome underachievement.
  • Excellent understanding of how to use schools' data and other performance management information systems to support school improvement.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of stakeholders in an ever-changing and rapidly evolving educational landscape.
  • Be knowledgeable about Ofsted processes and may be undertaking inspections on behalf of Ofsted.

In return we can offer a varied and challenging role, with the potential to make a real difference to the quality of schools across the Solihull Borough. 

We also offer: 

  • Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year and agile working arrangements
  • The opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee benefits and a staff discount card

The post is based at the Council House in Solihull but involves travelling across Solihull and may require working outside of normal office hours to meet the needs of the schools. 
 Start date is negotiable, depending on the successful candidate’s availability. 

Closing Date –  30th June 2024

Interview Date –  10th July 2024

For further information contact Clair McNeill Head Of Service -Outcomes & Intervention:
 Please note we do not accept CVs. 
 An online search will be carried out for all shortlisted candidates.

This post will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check for regulated activity with children and adults.

You will be expected to travel around the Borough of Solihull supporting the children on your caseload.  

This is an essential car user post as the demands of the job make it operationally essential and there is a contractual requirement to make a suitable vehicle available to ensure the requirements of the job can be carried out effectively.

Applicants must be able to drive, have a driving licence and be a car owner/have access to a suitable vehicle, however for disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. 

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Council House
Manor Square
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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