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Primary Director Full Time

at Inspiration Trust Norwich in Norwich (Published at 22-03-2021)

Job title Primary Director

Salary Scale L24 - L28 plus performance related bonus

Reporting To Deputy Chief Executive Officer

As a member of the Executive Senior Leadership team, the Primary Director will lead the strategic
development and academy improvement strategy of our primary academies across Norfolk and north
Suffolk to ensure the aspirations of the Trust are achieved.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer the Primary Director will build upon the capacity of
principals through mentoring, coaching, professional development and performance management to
ensure our pupils receive an exceptional teaching experience at all times.

Ensuring a high level of visibility in academies, the role will be based in Norwich with travel required
between academies on a regular basis.


1. Overall
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction in regards to primary education to

achieve the Trust?s mission of transforming education in East Anglia.
  • Ensure our educational provision supports all children in being able to

reach their full potential.
  • Ensure budgetary compliance in all areas.
  • Develop exceptional leaders within primary academies, who are

empowered to transform children?s education.
  • Deliver outstanding results for all pupils at our academies irrespective of

their start point with us.
  • Be a prominent public figure for external relationships and communications.
  • To be accountable for the overall standards, high outcomes, ambitious

targets and excellent pupil experience in our primary academies.

2. Strategic Provide inspirational leadership and direction to primary academies.
  • In conjunction with the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) develop a

primary academy strategy that aligns to the vision of the Trust.
  • Support principals to develop and maintain strategies for how

academies will achieve their set vision.
  • In conjunction with the Deputy CEO proactively support initiatives for

primary sector growth at a progressive and sustainable rate.
  • Widely promote the Trust to appropriate primaries to support and

encourage growth within the Trust, specifically targeting primaries which
will act as feeder schools to trust secondaries.

  • Implement the Trust?s strategy, ensuring rigour of delivery at every level

so that ambitious goals are achieved.
  • Support the business planning process for the Trust.
  • Support the Deputy CEO in strategic decision-making about the Trust?s

strategy and approach to strategic questions or challenges in regards to
primary education.

  • Ensure academies have in place robust and appropriate risk mitigation

and management which aligns to the Trust?s overall objectives.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key

partners/stakeholders: the Regional School Commissioner (RSC),
Department for Education (DfE), Education Funding Agency (EFA), the
Local Authorities, Trade Unions, local teaching schools, Trust Directors,
school leaders and the Academy Committees.
  • Influence the future direction of the Trust, by seeking and analysing

opportunities to grow our impact in the primary sector.
  • Lead strategic projects of importance to the Trust.
  • Tracking external educational, policy and market developments, applying

insights gained to advising on strategic decision-making relevant to primary

3. Leadership Be a visible and inspiring leader to rally the education staff to achieve
and ambitious goals for our children.
Management Identify and develop high-potential staff to become the future leaders of

the Trust.
  • Monitor the implementation of the Trust?s strategy and policies to ensure

that the desired progress is being made throughout primary academies.
  • Communicate effectively across the academies and support a culture

which empowers employees, increases their commitment and sense of
belonging; resulting in employees who are proud to be a part of the
Inspiration Trust.

  • Ensure a supportive and inclusive working environment, high

performance, prioritisation and sequencing of workloads, and a culture of
continuous improvement.
  • To provide regular challenge to principals through focused line

management to secure improvement.
  • Ensure the self evaluation process drives performance to the highest

  • Ensure that academy improvement and development plans are

ambitious, sharp and focused on strategic priorities.
  • To foster innovative and collaborative ways of working.
  • To identify best practice from within or beyond the trust and ensure that this

is shared and embedded across the trust.
  • To undertake interim or executive leadership roles where critical

intervention strategies may be required.

4. Quality of
Education / Ensure primaries have an outstanding curriculum, in line with agreed
Academy trust curricula.
Improvement Ensure delivery of teaching and curriculum implementation is of the highest

possible standard.
  • Continue to raise standards in the Trust?s primary academies, including

end of key stage results.
  • Lead areas of responsibility in such a way that all children are able to

share in educational success, and that no child is disadvantaged
because of their background or additional needs.

  • Intervene swiftly and decisively when necessary to raise standards in

any area where children are not receiving an education of the quality
they deserve.
  • To ensure high standards of inclusion in our primary academies, within

trust inclusion frameworks.
  • Keep abreast of statutory expectations around education, including SEND,

pupil premium, attendance and safeguarding (in liaison with trust inclusion
teams), and ensure primary academies are compliant and records are
orderly and well kept.
  • Maintain appropriate records of work undertaken and report orally and in

writing in a manner which ensures high levels of accountability to the
Deputy CEO, the CEO, Trustees, and Academy committees.
  • Develop and maintain respect across all stakeholders, inspiring

individuals to contribute positively to shared ideas and plans for the
  • Lead staff development where appropriate.

5. Finance and
resources Allocate resources in a strategic way such that all areas of responsibilityare able to make their contribution to achieving its vision.

  • Take personal responsibility for the propriety and regularity of public

finances in the Trust?s charge.
  • Be accountable for large scale asset management and capital projects.

6. Safeguarding
and Ensure that all primary academies within the Trust meet their

Compliance safeguarding responsibilities in line with current legislation. Promote a culture of prioritising and embedding safeguarding
  • Ensure that all primary academies meet their legislative and statutory

requirements, including Health and Safety and those required by
Companies House, the Charity Commissioners, Data Protection, and the
master and supplementary Funding Agreements.

  • Embed across the Trust clear quality assurance systems that drive

consistency and improvement in performance.
  • Ensuring academies are well prepared for external review or inspection

from regulators and being up to date on the latest regulatory
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion at all times.

Performance Management

Participating in the Trust?s arrangements for performance management, professional
development and the Trust?s arrangements for quality assurance and internal


All staff are part of the whole Trust team. Each individual is required to support the
values and ethos of the Trust and Trust priorities as defined in the Trust Strategic Plan.
This will mean focusing on the needs of colleagues, parents and pupils and being
flexible in a demanding environment.


To undertake any further tasks which could be reasonably expected by the Trust.

The Data Protection Act 2018 renders an individual liable for prosecution in the event
of an unauthorised disclosure of information. This post is one that carries responsibility
for the wellbeing and welfare of children and the post holder should be aware of this
and the need to act accordingly.

The Trust will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job
and work environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job
applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling

It is a requirement of the post holder to make positive efforts to maintain his/her
personal safety and that of others by taking reasonable care, carrying out requirements
of the law and following recognised codes of practice. The post holder is also required
to be aware of and comply with policies on health and safety.

This is an Equal Opportunities post and is in accordance with the Trust?s Equality and
Diversity Policy.

This job description can be altered, with the agreement of the post holder and will be
reviewed on an annual basis. It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and
tasks, but sets out the main expectations of the Trust in relation to the post holder?s
professional responsibilities and duties.

The Inspiration Trust is committed to protecting the welfare of children and

young people. Due to the nature of this role, it will be necessary for the
appropriate level of DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) to be undertaken. It is
essential that you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions,
bind-overs or cautions and if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt
from the provisions of Section 4, (2), of the Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974
(exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986. Therefore, you are not entitled to
withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ?spent?
under the provisions of the Act. Any failure to disclose such convictions will
result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Trust.

Person Specifications

Essential Desirable

Qualified Teacher Status Evidence of
continuous learning

  • Degree and commitment to

further professional
  • Evidence of continuous learning development
  • Achieved NPQH

Successful strategic leadership of a peer Successfully led
group to achieve agreed outcomes within significant
the education sector organisational change

A track record of leading organisational Demonstrable
change and improvement in a success in achieving
comparable setting rapid and sustained

school improvement
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a

primary school to achieve excellent Experience of
outcomes for pupils successful working

with governing
  • Successful experience of curriculum bodies or boards

  • Evidence of

  • Experience of senior leadership and strategic planning

management at principal level and budgetary

  • Experience of managing more than

one site and giving school to school Experienced in
support and improvement more than one

  • Experience in the analysis of

performance data for the purposes of
target setting and evaluation

  • Experience of monitoring and

improving quality of education
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • In depth experience of all primary

phases including EYFS

Understanding of
and Demonstrable passion for continuous issues specifically
understanding learning and development; with evidence of relating to Academies,always seeking opportunities for and Free Schools.

improvement for self and others to drive
business performance and outcomes

  • Proactive management, communication and

relationship building with all stakeholders
  • Building effective teams through people

management skills such as: leadership,
vision, communication, motivation,
constructive challenge and delegation
  • Able to work at pace in an agile manner,

with ability to flex and adapt leadership style
whilst providing certainty, security and clear
  • Up to date knowledge in subject, national

policy, pedagogy, classroom management
strategies, inspection frameworks and
statutory requirements
  • Clear understanding of the current

education landscape
  • Proven experience of good working

relationships with stakeholders
  • Proven ability to lead an organisation

successfully through a period of change
  • Demonstrate personal and professional

integrity, including modelling values and

Committed to safeguarding and Current Driving licence
promoting the welfare of children and access to a vehicle

  • Willingness to work flexible hours,

including evenings and weekends
when necessary

Belief in and commitment to the
Qualities overarching values of the Trust and ability

to articulate vision to a wide range of

  • Highly effective and credible leader, who

inspires the respect and support of others
and has an open and approachable
interpersonal style
  • Commitment to the highest of standards

in all areas of school life
  • The ability to be able to build a positive

organisational culture, encourage
reflection, delegate responsibility, build
teams, strive for continuous
improvements and inspire staff.
  • Excellent relationship management, able

to build effective working relationships at
all levels, reinforcing partnerships
  • A strategic thinker who can establish

and develop systems and processes
to grow and mature the Trust
  • Ability to develop a high profile and be a

strong visible presence for the Trust
  • Well-developed interpersonal and

communication skills

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