HEO School Curriculum Policy Advisers job in Coventry at Department For Education

HEO School curriculum policy advisers

Company: Department for Education

Location: Coventry UK

Date Posted:Feb 22, 2018

We are recruiting to a number of exciting posts across the Curriculum Policy Division. The Curriculum Policy Division is responsible for policy about the knowledge and skills children are taught in state-funded schools in England, for policy on improving the teaching of curriculum subjects, and for supporting the delivery of these programmes. Our policy areas are fast-paced, high profile and of deep interest to the general public, the education sector, parliamentarians and the media, and are often featured in the news. These jobs provide significant opportunity to develop policy and implement programmes that have a direct impact on what children are taught in schools. Our teams are friendly places to work where we value the contribution and views of all staff and work flexibly to meet priorities as they arise. No experience in particular subjects is required for these posts. We are recruiting to the following roles: 1. HEO English Policy Adviser (x1 role) Improving reading and writing is central to our social mobility and school improvement priorities. The HEO will work on English policy development, including the development of a national network of English Hubs announced by the SoS in the recent Social Mobility Action Plan, Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential. Key responsibilities will include: • Working with key internal and external stakeholders to procure a national centre for literacy, and to appoint a national network of English hubs. • Developing policy to support the English Hubs programme, from Early Years through to the end of Key Stage 1. Developing further policy to support the teaching of English throughout all key stages. 2. HEO Maths Policy Adviser (x1 role) This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the improvement of mathematics teaching in schools, which will make a lasting difference to the educational outcomes of students across the country. We have introduced a world class new maths curriculum and new GCSE and A level qualifications. To support this we have are continuing to increase the investment in support for schools, building our network of maths hubs and are expanding our Teaching for Mastery programme, investing £74m. Post-16 the government is committed to taking forward the recommendations of the Smith Review and increasing participation in advanced mathematics qualifications (A level, AS level and level 3 core maths. The HEO will be expected to work flexibly across the maths and wider STEM team, taking on high priority projects as the need arises. Key responsibilities could include: • Implementing the recommendations of the Smith review that relate to improving the take-up of A level and core maths qualifications, and develop and agree broader policy options to increase take-up. • Addressing policy challenges in the delivery of the Maths Hubs and Teaching for Mastery programmes. • Supporting the effective implementation of communications on post-16 maths take-up, including engaging with HE, providers, pupils and others to support a culture change on post-16 maths and encourage providers to take-up the incentive. 3. HEO Computer Science Policy Adviser (x1 role) Improving the teaching of computer science in schools to prepare all pupils for the needs of our future workforce is a key government priority and has significant interest from OGDs. The Chancellor announced a new £84m programme in Budget which aims to: upskill up to 8,000 computer science teachers; create a new National Centre for Computing Education; a programme to provide resources for A level students, and improve the gender balance in computing. We also announced plans to work with key industry players (e.g. Microsoft/Apple) to provide a more comprehensive package of support to schools. The HEO will be responsible for supporting the policy development on this new programme and computing education. Key responsibilities will include: • Developing policy on key aspects of the new programme (for example leading work to identify which schools should become computing Hubs and agreeing this with the Minister). • Developing and leading on other key pieces of policy related to computing education in schools – including leading the relationship with the DCMS on cyber-security in schools, responding to policy issues raised by the stakeholders and OGDs (for example the Royal Society’s report on computing), and providing briefing on computing. • Developing and implementing a stakeholder handling plan for computing education. 4. HEO Curriculum Fund Adviser (x1 role) Ensuring all pupils have access to a knowledge-rich curriculum is a top priority for the department and a 2017 manifesto commitment. The HEO will be responsible for developing policy to support the delivery of the manifesto commitment to introduce a curriculum fund. Key responsibilities will include: • Developing policy on how we can maximize the quality and accessibility of high-quality, knowledge-rich curriculum materials (such as textbooks and other teaching resources) • Developing policy to ensure all pupils can access a knowledge-rich curriculum, with a particular focus on disadvantaged pupils • Working with school improvement policy leads and delivery partners to identify and address curriculum challenges 5. HEO Curriculum Support Team (x1 role) Working closely with each policy team within the Curriculum Policy Division, the team is responsible for most of our business of state, i.e. correspondence, parliamentary questions/debates and briefing. They also take on a wide range of ad-hoc work which either doesn’t sit with a particular team or where additional support is required. Key responsibilities include: • Management of two EA Apprentices and two EOs. • Monitoring the workflow and workload of team members, ensuring that the workload of each team member is adequately challenging yet achievable. • Monitoring quality of work produced by the team and ensuring deadlines are met. • Working with policy leads within Curriculum Policy Division to ensure the team is working in an efficient way that meets the needs of the division. • Working with Ministerial and Public Correspondence Division and parliamentary team to ensure the team is supporting wider departmental needs. • Continuous improvement of our systems to improve efficiency and quality and reduce workload.  View full job description
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