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Head of School Programmes

National Literacy Trust
£50000 - £55000 per annum
Closing date
20 Jun 2022

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Head of School Programmes
£50,000 to £55,000 per year
Full-time, 35 hours per week
Permanent contract
Based in London SW8 / flexible and home working

We are on a mission to give children and young people from disadvantaged communities the literacy skills to succeed in life. You could join us as Head of School Programmes.

What you’ll be doing

This is a great opportunity to take on the strategic leadership of literacy programmes for primary and secondary children and young people, working alongside other members of our extended leadership team. You will have a particular focus on our whole school reading programmes, which include the largest funded primary school library programme in the UK, our award-winning Young Readers Programme and programmes funded by the Department for Education, Arts Council England and Penguin Random House.

You will lead programme teams, helping them navigate the challenges of complex partnership working and delivery, and ensure our programmes are impactful, evidence-based and targeted to need. You will also lead evidence-based professional development for teachers and thought-leadership activity, including our conferences and membership activities.

What we’re looking for

You will be a qualified teacher with considerable recent teaching experience, including Key Stage 1 and 2, and senior leadership experience in a school, MAT or local authority.

You will need experience working in an advisory or consultancy capacity with senior stakeholders, and delivering professional development for teachers and school leaders, as well as experience of leading teams to deliver successfully against KPIs within tight timescales. 

You will join our team as an expert voice on primary literacy education so you will also need excellent communication skills including public speaking and knowledge of the research and evidence base of what works in literacy teaching. Experience working in a setting with higher than average proportion of pupils receiving FSM and understanding of place-based working and collective impact would be an advantage.

Why our work is so vital

Poor literacy and resulting inequality is not inevitable. The National Literacy Trust improves the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success.

We make society fairer. Poor literacy creates social and economic inequality. The one in six adults in the UK with poor literacy earn less, are less likely to vote and more likely to experience health inequalities.

We enable social mobility. A child without literacy skills can’t succeed at school, and as an adult they will be locked out of the job market. The pattern is intergenerational and starts at birth.

Our work is targeted at communities with the highest levels of disadvantage and the lowest levels of literacy. We support thousands of schools and early years settings, bringing in wonderful partners like the Premier League and the nation’s best publishers who bring literacy alive. We campaign to make literacy a priority for our nation’s leaders. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions.

What we offer you

As well as a competitive salary, we offer benefits including a generous leave allowance totalling 39 days (including bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year), pension contributions of 8% of annual salary, a cycle to work scheme, employee assistance programme and other health and wellbeing benefits.

We support flexible working and promote a workplace where you can be yourself and contribute to our success, whoever you are.

Application details

Our people are our most important asset and we value and respect diversity in all its forms (seen and unseen). We particularly welcome applications from those from Black and Asian backgrounds, as well as candidates with disabilities and from the communities in which we work. We would like to increase representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.

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Closing date: 10am, Monday 20 June 2022

Please note we do not accept CVs. No agencies or recruitment sites. Registered charity no. 1116260 (England and Wales) and SC042944 (Scotland).

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.


We are dedicated to raising literacy levels across the UK.

We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities, where one in three people have low levels of literacy.

Our research shows that during the initial school closures in 2020, 3 in 5 children and young people said that reading made them feel better. 3 in 10 said that reading helped them when they feel sad because they cannot see their family and friends.

Because low literacy is intergenerational, we focus our work on families, young people and children.

Find Us
020 7587 1842
68 S Lambeth Rd
United Kingdom
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