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Executive Officer

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Suffolk Primary Headteachers' Association
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22 October 2020 01:00 PM
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16 hpw, term time only. Hours can be worked flexibly. 

Fixed term until 31 August 2022. 

Home based.

SPHA is the voice of Suffolk primary school leaders and has a central role influencing strategy, policy and planning school improvement in Suffolk.

SPHA works closely with Suffolk Association of Secondary Headteachers (SASH) and Suffolk’s Chief Executive Officer Network (CEON), together we support the strategic development of system leadership, school-led school improvement, teacher development and training, SLIN and several other local and national initiatives


Representing the views of SPHA to policy makers, senior officers and officials of relevant organisations.

  • Representing SPHA at key, strategic meetings including Suffolk Learning & Improvement Network (SLIN), School to School Support Partnership, Raising the Bar Awards Judging Panel, Schools Co-ordination Group, Suffolk Safeguarding Board, Festival of Learning, Families of Schools data and other groups as required.  Other key Local Authority, DfE, Regional Commissioners meetings, as required, to support the work of the Executive Committee.
  • Maintaining and developing positive relationships with Suffolk L.A., other headteacher organisations, including SASH, CEON and the area’s Regional Commissioner.
  • Supporting the development of networks that will benefit the work of secondary Headteachers e.g. across the Local Authorities in the Eastern Region.
  • Encouraging and securing new and returning SPHA members, through induction events and conferences.
  • Keeping up to date with national developments by following, for example, the DFE, Ofsted, Ofqual, ASCL and NCTL and then disseminating information directly to Heads.
  • Leading CPD for Heads and senior leaders that provides timely, accessible information on current and pending matters of importance.
  • Maintaining and developing excellent communication with Heads by use of the SPHA newsletters and social media.
  • Planning termly SPHA Conferences taking into consideration the annual priorities and member’s needs.  Sourcing relevant high-quality speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.
  • Other activities as required by the Executive Committee.
  • Being a point of support for school leaders and being able to provide confidential advice on matters of concern in including Ofsted, LA & DfE interventions

You will work closely with the SPHA Executive Committee, SPHA Executive Assistant Support and SPHA Treasurer and the wider SPHA community.  The Executive Officer organises and attends all termly meetings of the SPHA Executive Committee.

Skills and Experience

  • Commitment to the aims and ethos of SPHA as an organisation that represents all primary school leaders in schools across Suffolk.
  • An established track record as a successful, primary school leader.
  • Strong inter-personal skills that will enable the development of positive relationships including with school leaders requiring support and advice.
  • A clear understanding of issues that face primary school leaders nationally and locally.
  • Confident knowledge of key areas such as curriculum, statutory testing and assessment, finance.
  • Ability to develop sound professional relationships with external agencies e.g. the Local Authority, whilst critically holding the LA and its Officers to account on behalf of SPHA Members.
  • An ability to research, manage and interpret data and documentation in various forms.
  • Ability to use ICT in various forms including as a means of communication.
  • Experience of leading CPD both within school and, preferably, to a wider audience.
  • Efficiency in personal time management, meeting deadlines, responding to communications etc. and the ability to work without secretarial support.

*Travel expenses will be paid.

If you would like to discuss this role in detail, please contact the current Executive Officer Jacqui Frost on 07879491093.

If you would like to apply, please submit a covering letter detailing how you meet the skills and experience required (no more than two pages ) and your CV to: admin@spha.org.uk

Interview date: 20 November 2020.

 We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

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