HEO, Regional Delivery, East of England and North East London

Department for Education
14 Apr 2018
02 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

This is an excellent opportunity to work with a dedicated and enthusiastic team in delivering school improvement support to where it is most needed.

Operating on eight regional sites (co-located and working alongside the complimentary priorities of the Regional Schools Commissioners' offices) the Regional Delivery Division will deliver regional and sub-regional priorities around teacher sufficiency and teacher development, and join up work on school improvement with the Strategic School Improvement Fund. The division aims to ensure that programmes available to, and delivered in, a region are right for that area, and ultimately help to improve teaching and hence the outcomes of the children and young people who live there.

In this HEO role you will work to support more senior members of the team (at SEO and/or Grade 7 level) who are driving school improvement on a sub-regional basis. This region is split into five sub-regions: Norfolk; Suffolk; Cambridgeshire/Peterborough; Greater Essex; North East London. You will demonstrate excellence through:

• Interpreting and simplifying internal guidance and 'tracking' documents; prioritising and organising required actions

• Co-ordinating work and helping to ensure consistency across the five areas, including in external communications

• Taking initiative to seek out opportunities to create effective change to help the team work in 'smarter', more focused ways.

• Delivering events or helping to manage other key external engagements

• Supporting project work on teacher sufficiency and school improvement where they are resourcing 'pinch points' in any of the five areas.

You will also need to:

• Collate and analyse data; write timely, concise and high-quality briefings, reports, correspondence and minutes to communicate key messages to internal and external audiences

• Work closely with wider DfE teams, and staying abreast of educational developments and contributing to corporate activities to help shape the culture of the division and establish the systems and processes that support our work.

The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for education, children's 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 what their background or family circumstances.

To achieve this vision we prioritise our work around three system goals:

• Safety and wellbeing - all children and young people are protected from harm and vulnerable children are supported to succeed with opportunities as good as those for any other child

• Educational Excellence Everywhere - every child and young person can access high-quality provision, achieving to the best of his or her ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background

• Prepared for adult life - all 19 year-olds complete school, college or an apprenticeship with the skills and character to contribute to the UK's society and economy, and are able to access high quality work or study options.


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

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


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

If you have applied for a HEO vacancy in this team before and were unsuccessful, please improve your application before re-applying.

An initial sift based on competency 1 "Making Effective Decisions" may be held if a large number of applications are received

If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered.
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.

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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.

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