Professional Lead for New Schools – DNEAT


Posted on: Thursday 2 December 2021 | Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Easton House / Diocesan House, 107 / 109 Dereham Road, Easton, Norwich, NR9 5ES (To ensure the best service to the needs of the MAT, your base may be moved within the Diocese.)

We are looking for a highly motivated, positive, and enthusiastic individual to lead the educational success of the academies new to the MAT and also work with and improve schools who are preparing to join the MAT.

Core Purpose

The Professional Lead for New Schools is accountable for ensuring the educational success of the academies new to the MAT and also for working with and improving schools who are preparing to join the MAT. For schools new to the MAT this may include line management responsibilities for the Headteachers.

The Professional Lead for new schools will:

  • Identify the key strengths and areas for development in those schools seeking to join the MAT and also for those recently joined
  • Support associate member schools who may be on a journey towards fully joining the MAT
  • Be involved in the Due Diligence process and support the schools in their subsequent action plans.
  • Be responsible for the school improvement in Open Academy, DNEATs current only secondary school
  • Provide additional academy improvement capacity in other academies of high challenge, working with other school improvement professionals from the MAT
  • Have significant understanding and experience of the inspection process across all phases
  • Be responsible for improving outcomes in the academies that they work with as well as securing rapid improvements against the identified areas for improvement.
  • Report to the Trust CEO but receive day to day direction from the Academies Improvement Director (DNEAT)

School Improvement

  • Leading by example, provide dynamic, consistent and motivational leadership, ensuring the successful delivery of the vision, ethos, aims and objectives of the schools and the Trust.
  • Ensure strategic plans in the academies you lead identify targets for ensuring that pupils achieve high standards and make progress, increasing teachers’ effectiveness and securing rapid school improvement.
  • Critically evaluate new school’s performance and ensure performance targets are achieved including those in vulnerable groups.
  • Secure and sustain effective, high quality teaching and learning in the academies that you work with by ensuring each Headteacher / Head of School has in place sound strategies for monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and standards of pupils’ achievement, using benchmarks and setting targets for rapid improvement of all children including those in vulnerable groups.
  • Through robust and effective monitoring and evaluation, identify and act on areas of improvement in relation to the curriculum and assessment.
  • Contribute to the Termly Reviews and contributing to the MAT Academy Improvement Strategy demonstrating a commitment to collaboration and reflective practice.
  • Ensure the Diocesan quality standards and Christian distinctiveness, as articulated in the prospectus, are embedded across all schools.
  • Work with MAT and school staff to develop a positive learning culture across the Trust and its schools.
  • Support the DNEAT Data Lead in the use of data reporting, ensuring all staff maximise its use.
  • Work with appropriate external partners to support excellent practice and high standards.
  • Prepare schools to be Ofsted and SIAMS ready.
  • Ensure work is quality assured
  • Develop a collaborative approach to School Improvement within the Trust’s schools and with other appropriate external partners, including Diocesan VA/VC schools.
  • Respond swiftly should a school be under performing or in other difficulty and lead the deployment of resources.

Succession planning and staff development

  • Motivate and enable all staff to carry out their respective roles to the highest standard, through high quality continuing professional development based on assessment of needs and identified through the appraisal process.
  • Contribute to middle leader development programmes working with appropriate partners where possible.
  • Contribute to aspiring leadership programmes which demonstrate clear career progression opportunities within the Trust.
  • Contribute to the development of and delivery of a programme including leadership development.

Effective governance

  • As requested, deliver appropriate training for governors

Culture and ethos

  • Proactively promote and demonstrate the Trust’s Christian vision and values in all aspects of work.
  • Challenge, motivate and empower others to set high aspirations and attain ambitious outcomes.
  • Treat everyone as a valued individual who is loved by God.
  • Promote and demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement which includes keeping abreast of educational developments and best management practice.
  • Follow the Trust’s policies and procedures at all times.
  • Work collaboratively developing the concept of family across the Diocese, the Trust and its academies.
  • Ensure regular open and honest communication in all professional duties.
  • Recognise the importance of serving the wider community and promoting inclusivity.


The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.


The Trust has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the Trust meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation.

This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and some evening and weekend work.

This job description is not an exhaustive document. It is a reflection of the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing needs of DNEAT and the St Benet’s MAT.

Salary Scale                £73,556 to £84,064 per annum

Benefits                       Contributory pension scheme

Hours of Duty             Full Time

Holiday                       32 days holiday per annum (including statutory public and Bank                                            Holidays and discretionary holiday over the Christmas and New Year period).

Responsible to           Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

How to apply

Please see below for an application form and A Desirable Person Specification;

Person Specification-Lead

Application form-Lead

Please do not hesitate to contact Jo leach(Details below) for more information.

Jo Leach, Human Resources Manager

Direct-dial Telephone: 07888 184 964




Please send completed application forms to the email address above.

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