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Members of the Departmental primary and secondary headteacher reference groups are leading headteachers from a wide range of primary and secondary schools, including academies, maintained and special schools across England.
Members provide candid views about policy implications for schools, early warning of potential issues and advice on how policies can be improved. They observe the Chatham House rule to ensure frank and open discussion, and have two main objectives to:
Members of both groups are selected from across the country to represent a wide range of schools. We are seeking to appoint new members from May 2013 and would welcome applications from primary and secondary headteachers in England of:
Membership of the groups is limited to five years initially. Members are expected to attend four meetings per year at the Department’s headquarters in London, for which preparation time will be required. Members who miss three or more meetings during the school year (excluding exceptional circumstances – for example, Ofsted inspection) will be asked to step down.
In addition to attending meetings, members will be expected to provide high quality and relevant contributions to policy development in the Department by responding to commissions via email or participating in workshops or focus groups.
You should either be a serving headteacher of a good or outstanding school or have led one within the last three years.
Members of both groups will be expected to:
Good communication and influencing skills are essential, along with the enthusiasm and passion to make a difference.
This is an excellent opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the quality of education in England, to increase the effectiveness of new and existing initiatives, and to improve the job satisfaction and morale of those working in our schools.
Please note that group members are volunteers, however travel costs will be reimbursed after each meeting.
If you would like to apply to join either group, please upload a current CV and complete the application form which includes a statement of interest (maximum of 700 words), including the following:
If your application is successful you will be invited to an interview which is likely to take place between Monday 25 March and Friday 19 April 2013. Members will be appointed on merit and will be invited to attend meetings of the groups from May 2013.
Headteacher reference group
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