National Primary Advisor

Location: Flexible

Salary: L11-L15

Status: Full-time, permanent

Closing date: 21 May 2020, 12:00 pm

Interview date(s): 27 May 2020

Start date: September 2020

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is seeking to appoint an exceptional primary practitioner with a proven track record of excellence in teaching and leading for school improvement. The post holder will support the Director of Primary and SEND in modelling and leading improvements in pedagogy, developing the primary curriculum to raise pupil achievement and delivering on-going training and support to academies to ensure that standards continue to improve. Working across our seven primary academies, you will also contribute to primary growth and the development of regional hubs within the overall framework of the OAT Strategic Plan.

You will be an existing senior leader, ideally with experience in at least two key stages at the primary level. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to inspire, challenge and empower teams and individuals to achieve their very best. Ideally centrally located, you must be prepared to travel to all primary locations, particularly the East of England where OAT currently has four primary academies. This is a new and exciting post which would suit a confident, highly motivated individual who, with support from the Director of Primary and SEND, is able to set their own work schedule to deliver a strong programme of support for primary leaders and academy staff.  

Job description

Core purpose

  • Raise standards of pupil attainment and achievement across all primary academies
  • Develop and raise standards of teaching and learning across all primary academies
  • Use curriculum development and initiatives at a national and international level to inform and agree an aligned primary curriculum
  • Ensure the successful implementation of the agreed curriculum ensuring appropriate access and support for vulnerable pupils
  • Support, challenge and motivate academy staff through a programme of continuing professional development informed by best practice in education
  • Devise and develop mechanisms to share ideas and strategies across the primary academies that enable pupils to achieve more and make better progress
  • Contribute to decision making and policy across the primary academies
  • Work with the Director of primary and SEND to develop and monitor standards of teaching and learning across all primary academies

Strategic leadership

  • Work with the Director of Primary and SEND to create and implement an annual strategic plan which identifies priorities and targets for ensuring that pupils achieve high standards and make progress, improves teaching and secures rapid school improvement where needed
  • Support all primary academies in self-evaluation and improvement planning  
  • Ensure all primary academies are compliant with OAT’s safeguarding policies and practices and website requirements
  • Support the Director of Primary and SEND in the development and administration of the Primary Principal Group (PPG), which meets six times a year
  • When appropriate, liaise with local authorities and other multi-academy trusts to develop strategic partnerships that will further support the work and effectiveness of the primary academies
  • Support primary growth and the promotion of new OAT primary academies in line with the OAT Strategic Plan

Teaching and learning

  • Work with the Director of Primary and SEND and primary principals to agree an aligned core and foundation primary curriculum
  • Devise, develop and maintain online subject curriculum toolkits and resources
  • Liaise with OAT’s secondary Regional Lead Practitioner’s to develop a Y6/7 curriculum transition programme
  • Promote excellence in teaching and learning and work with academy staff to ensure the curriculum, delivery model and assessments being used are of the highest quality
  • Provide support, guidance and training on agreed best practice in teaching and learning
  • Work with academy staff to provide a model of outstanding teaching
  • Ensure that the primary assessment timetable is fully implemented and contribute to data collection and analysis using the OAT primary data dashboard
  • Ensure that data analysis is used to set appropriate targets
  • Take part in monitoring and review work as requested by the Director of Primary and SEND
  • Contribute to a positive culture of challenge, support and high expectations
  • Support OAT enrichment activities within OAT primaries

Staff development

  • Identify, organise and lead training opportunities across all primary academies
  • Work closely with all staff to encourage collaboration, cooperation and teamwork
  • Develop the capacity (through coaching, mentoring or other means) of academy’s leadership and management teams
  • Keep abreast of current research and development in education and use and disseminate information as appropriate 

This job description outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the post. The post holder will also be expected to comply with any reasonable request from OAT senior leaders to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified above.

Further information

This role reports into our Director of Primary and SEND, Jane Nolan who is extremely happy to talk through any questions prospective candidates might have.  Please contact her at [email protected] to arrange an informal discussion about the post.

How to apply

Completed applications together with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in and suitable for the role, should be submitted by Thursday 21 May at 12 noon, using the OAT application form which can be found in the attachments below, to [email protected]. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications in other formats but please contact us if you require an accessible application pack.

In the current challenging circumstances we intend to conduct an online assessment/interview process for this role on 27 May 2020. This decision will be reviewed should the lockdown situation change. 


OAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and the expectation is that all staff will share this commitment. Therefore, the successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check with barred list check (child) via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


National Primary Advisor Applicant information pack

Teacher application form