Graduate Intern - Academies Delivery Advisor

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Are you looking for an exciting career in the Civil Service, working for the Department of Education in a fast-paced environment where you will be supported and encouraged to stretch early in your new role

Are you looking for an exciting career in the Civil Service, working for the Department of Education in a fast-paced environment where you will be supported and encouraged to stretch early in your new role?
In the West Midlands Academies Regional Delivery Group, our team are making a real difference to the education of pupils across the region, focusing upon delivering the Secretary of State's primary goal - more good and outstanding school places.

We currently need two EOs to join us..

These roles are based in one of our nine teams that each has a specific focus including:

??? ensuring that Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) in our region have the capacity to grow and to support more schools to take advantage from the benefits that membership of a MAT brings;

??? ensuring that the legal requirements of conversion, voluntarily or as required by law, are fully met in appropriate timescales;

??? developing MAT leadership across the region;

??? using data and evidence to support real improvement within all our academies; and

??? intervening in schools, where this is the only way to achieve the required improvements.

Working with us with give you a real opportunity to make a tangible difference to the region's educational landscape and to the lives of thousands of children and young people, whilst gaining skills, knowledge and experience to set you on the right course for a career in the Civil Service.

Who We Are

Our Department is responsible for education, children's social services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter your background or family circumstances.

Academies Regional Delivery Group - West Midlands (ARDG WM)
Led by Christine Quinn, the West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), our division is responsible for all academies in the region, which spans from Warwickshire in the South up to Cheshire in the North, and from Herefordshire in the West to Staffordshire in the East.

Our principal focus is ensuring the continual improvement of education in our academies by holding MATs to account - and where there is poor performance we have the power to intervene. We also have the power to convert Local Authority Maintained Schools who have been judge 'Inadequate' by Ofsted. We work closely with a range of partners including MATs, Teaching School Alliances and Local Authorities.

The divisions is around fifty strong. We are organised into 3 units within which are a total of nine teams, each around 5 or 6 people and led by a Team Leader (Grade 7). Our principal base being Coventry but have staff situated in our London and Sheffield offices.
In addition to the RSC, we have two Deputy Directors and three Assistant Directors, to whom the Team Leaders report.

The Role

The role will provide variety and challenge. It will require you to liaise with our stakeholders, in writing, on the telephone and on occasion face-to-face. You will support senior staff to deliver complex tasks and cases, for example matching sponsor MATs / academies to inadequate LA maintained schools, re-brokering a failing academy to a new MAT to ensure rapid improvements for pupils and families, or challenging a MAT to improve their governance or school improvement plans. You will also have the opportunity to lead on less complex cases.

You will write reports and briefings for senior colleagues, and may present cases to our Head Teacher Board - a group of eight school system leaders from around the WM who advise our RSC. You will also respond to correspondence from schools, MATs and other stakeholders, and draft responses to questions and briefing requests from Ministers, MPs and our National Core - the strategic and operational functions, which support the eight RSCs around the country and is led by the National Schools Commissioner.

About You

??? You can write well and speak clearly. You can explain difficult concepts to anyone who wants to know, and are comfortable communicating in writing or by phone.

??? You enjoy problem solving, and seeing your recommendations put into action.

??? You pay attention to detail - you are focused and keep your eye on the prize - in this case our performance indicators and objectives.

??? You think on your feet where you need to, but can also sit back and see the bigger picture.

??? You will make your most of the time you spend with us - and truly make a difference.

??? You are motivated and driven. You volunteer for new challenges without waiting to be given them.

??? You are honest about yourself and your development. You proactively look for ways to improve and broaden your knowledge.

To join us

To join us you need to have a genuine interest in improving the education experience of children and young people and a strong desire to make a difference. It is also essential for you to be able to work collaboratively and have the flexibility and willingness to partner with key stakeholders from all areas of government and outside of it. You will also need to be able to demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills, as well as a personal drive to make the most out of your role.


Must either have in the last 2 years (2016 or 2017) or expect to be awarded a first degree or foundation degree awarded from a UK university this year (2017).

Please include in the application form dates of attendance at university and the date your degree was awarded / you expect it to be awarded as appropriate.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace
  • Changing and improving

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.



Flexible working

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

An initial sift based on competency 1 (managing a quality service) may be held if a large number of applications are received.

The personal statement will be used in the interview process rather than the sift process. As well as the competency-based questions, the panel will refer to the candidate's personal statement and ask questions appropriately. Within the statement, the panel would like the candidates to explain why they are interested in the role and what they think they can bring to the role.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Department for Education
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08/11/2017 21:27:00
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