The Department for Education (DfE) is inviting applications from CEO principals of further education establishments in England to help cover costs associated with the National Leaders of Further Education role.
National Leaders of Further Education (NLFEs) are serving college leaders who have a strong track record of delivering improvement – both at their own colleges and in working with others. They provide strategic mentoring and support to other colleges that need to improve.
NLFEs work to support colleges which have been judged as “Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate” at their most recent Ofsted inspection, and need to improve significantly in one or more areas.
An NLFE might, for example:
work with the principal and leadership team of the supported college to identify improvement needs, and potential sources of support
provide strategic mentoring to the college leadership; or
work alongside key members of the leadership team on the delivery of specific improvement programmes
Each year, an NLFE (including their team) is expected to commit a minimum of 10 days to their role, and to undertake at least one major improvement project partnering with another college. The time commitment involved in delivery of a major project varies significantly according to the nature of the improvement activities involved, and the NLFE’s role.
Funding for work as an NLFE comes from two sources:
An annual bursary
DfE provides the NLFE’s home institution with an annual bursary of £10,000 per annum that can be used to cover costs associated with the NLFE role. The costs covered through the bursary can include, for example:
travel for meetings, NLFE training and network events
travel to an initial meeting with a college to discuss a potential need
the cost of staff cover in relation to those activities
professional development for the NLFE’s college team which is related to the NLFE role; and
other non-recoverable costs incurred as part of the NLFE role.
The supported college
For major projects, and other support activity where the costs incurred by the NLFE exceed the amount provided for in the annual bursary, the NLFE’s costs need to be recovered from the supported college.
NLFEs will be appointed for up to 3 years. At the end of their period of appointment, they may apply for re-appointment.
To be eligible, applicants must:
be a serving CEO Principal of a general or specialist further education college or sixth-form college in England
have been a substantive CEO Principal for approximately 5 years or more (at point of application), in which time they have been legally responsible for the management of a college and accountable to the governing body
either be named as CEO Principal in the most recent Ofsted inspection report for their current college where ‘overall effectiveness’, ‘leadership and management’ and ‘teaching, learning and assessment’ have been judged as at least ‘good’
or be named in the most recent Ofsted inspection for your previous college with the same grading (where the most recent Ofsted inspection for your current college pre-dates the point at which they became CEO Principal, or where their current college is treated by Ofsted as a new provider and does not yet have an Ofsted inspection grade).
Applicants must download the NLFE application form (MS Word Document) and return it to [email protected].
The closing date for applications is 11pm on 29 October 2019.
Interviews and assessments will take place on 22 November 2019 and 2 December 2019.
Further information can be found on GOV.UK.
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