Director of Assurance and Improvement

Salary: up to £60k per annum

Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 8 December 2021

Interview date:  Wednesday 15 December 2021

 

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Introduction

We Transform Lives!

At Barnsley College we encourage all of our students and staff to dream big and we are proud to say that studying at Barnsley College helps to inspire our learners and transforms their lives.

Our new Director of Assurance and Improvement will bring their expertise in quality management to develop and implement the college’s quality assurance framework whilst ensuring our systems and processes for improvement are effectively embedded to support the delivery of outstanding education and training.

We have retained the services of FE Associates to support us with this important appointment. Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are encouraged to arrange an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Amanda.Hart@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role and schedule a first-stage interview via Teams to take place before the closing date. 

About Us - Welcome

November 2021

Dear Colleague

We are extremely proud of our College and what we and our students have achieved in recent years. We are a hugely ambitious organisation with very high expectations and we are now looking for a new Director of Assurance and Improvement to work with colleagues across the College to develop and implement a strategy to support the delivery of the College’s balanced scorecard and achievement of Outstanding.

Barnsley College is a large tertiary college serving the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough and surrounding areas in South Yorkshire. The College is the main provider of post-16 education in the borough and plays a vital role within the Yorkshire and Humber region. The College achieved outstanding at its last Ofsted inspection (November 2010) and continues to deliver outstanding teaching and learning and very strong outcomes for learners. At the end of 2018, we piloted Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework and received very positive feedback.

We have a very buoyant offer for young people with around 4,300 full-time students enrolled at the College - 800 of these learners are enrolled on A Level programmes in our sixth form; 3,300 on vocational programmes; and just over 200 enrolled on other provision.

Adult provision is relatively small compared to other colleges with around 1,300 adults on college-based courses. However, we do have a successful HE provision which enrols around 650 students, and we have clear ambitions to grow this to over 1,000. Our apprenticeship provision is strong and we work with around 2,500 apprentices achieving success rates consistently amongst the best in the country.

We occupy a very important position in the local community and our presence in the town centre has been strengthened over the past eight years due to the heavy level of investment we have made including our £48m main building completed in 2011; the new theatre completed in 2012; and the STEM Centre where extensive refurbishments were completed in 2015. Our Honeywell site, which is 400 metres from the main College building, was completed in 2008 and extended in 2014, and delivers an excellent Sports Academy which has an excellent national reputation. Also on the Honeywell site is the ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’ completed in 2012 and a large new Construction Centre which opened in 2016. Our estate also includes Wigfield Farm, a working farm and visitor centre set in Worsbrough Country Park and our new £17m Barnsley Sixth Form College building completed in January 2016.

We have excellent relationships with local schools and we currently provide courses to around 400 school pupils aged 14 to 16. A small, recent addition to the College work has been full time provision for previously ‘Elective Home Educated’ 14 to 16 year old students directly funded via the ESFA. The College is also the main sponsor of the Wellspring Academy Trust, established in 2012.

The College works closely with a range of strategic partners including Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and both the Sheffield City Region and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnerships. The College also has strong relationships with large, local, private sector employers developing flexible programmes to meet their business needs. We are also increasingly working directly with local employers to ensure that our full-time students are able to progress into employment.

Our vision is to transform lives and our purpose is to ensure that all our students have a great time, achieve their aims and progress onto work or higher education. We operate in the context of our values; Aspirational, Supportive, Caring, Respectful and Genuine.

Our new Director of Assurance and Improvement will bring their expertise in quality management to develop and implement the College’s quality assurance framework whilst ensuring our systems and processes for improvement are effectively embedded so they support the delivery of outstanding education and training for all of our learners. In this role, you will work collaboratively, and with autonomy, to drive high performance in line with our plans and targets.

We have appointed FE Associates to support us with this important appointment.  Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are encouraged to arrange an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Amanda.Hart@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role and schedule a first-stage interview via Teams which will take place before the closing date.

I very much hope you are as excited by this opportunity as I am, and if you feel you have the ambition, expectations, leadership skills and experiences that we require, then I look forward to receiving an application from you.

With best wishes

Yiannis Koursis
Principal and Chief Executive

How to Apply

If you have the very special qualities and the passion to make a real a difference to the future of our students and business, then we would like to hear from you.

Please complete the registration form below to access the candidate information pack, application form and the equality and diversity form.

NB:  Please ensure you complete all fields and click on both the Terms and Conditions check box as well as the Consent check box to enable access to the documents.

We have appointed FE Associates to help us find the right person.  Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are encouraged to have an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Amanda.Hart@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role and schedule a first-stage interview via Teams which will take place before the closing date.

Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 8 December 2021

Interview date:  Wednesday 15 December 2021

Stage 1 of 2: Complete the form below

    How to Apply

    Thank you for registering your interest. You can now download the following information relating to the Director of Assurance and Improvement role at Barnsley College.

    Stage 2 of 2: Submitting Your Application

    Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are encouraged to arrange an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Amanda.Hart@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role and schedule a first-stage interview via Teams which will take place before the closing date.

    Once you have obtained the full information and had an initial discussion with Amanda Hart, you must email your application to recruitment@fea.co.uk by the closing date deadline. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

    Please read the 'How to Apply' Section in the Candidate Information Pack for full instructions on how to submit your application.

    Your application must include the following 2 documents:

    1. A fully completed Application Form (located above). Please do not include your CV as part of, or substitute for, the application form.
    2. The Equality and Diversity Form (located below the Application Form above).

    Key Dates for Submitting Your Application:

    Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 8 December 2021

    Interview date:  Wednesday 15 December 2021