Chief Executive Officer of Partners in Learning

Full Time

Website Doncaster City Council

Reports to: Chair of the Partners in Learning Trust Board

Location: Doncaster

Hours: 37 hours per week (this is a senior position; flexibility and occasional additional or unsocial hours are a requisite of the role)
  • Applications from candidates that wish to take a less than full time role will be considered.
Key Relationships: Chair of the Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees, Strategic Advisory Group, Senior Leadership Team, School Leaders, and key governmental departments and stakeholders across strategic areas of work

Start Date September 2021 (or as soon as possible)
Partners in Learning strongly believe that we should operate to the highest standards of governance and transparency. We recognise the positive value of diversity and promote equality. As part of this commitment, we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, alongside those that wish to consider a less than full time role.
Partners in Learning, in conjunction with Doncaster Research School, is a highly successful Doncaster based school improvement company and charity with an extensive reach and exceptional reputation. As organisations, we lead the way together in the use of evidence informed practice by bringing research closer to schools. Through our existing networks, we work with and alongside leaders and teachers to promote and share what we know about putting research into practice, supporting schools to make better use of evidence to inform teaching and learning, leading to better outcomes for pupils. We are committed to strengthening and embedding partnership working to ensure strategic approaches and enable schools to access wider expertise and opportunities.
We aim to:

Inspire: Encourage all leaders to take collective responsibility for outcomes for all children in the school led system.

Invest: In the development of highly effective teaching which results in good or better progress for all learners.

Develop: High quality professional development opportunities which are underpinned by robust evidence of what works best.

Promote: Doncaster schools as employers of choice through recruitment and retention.
Respond: To the challenge of social mobility by ensuring that all children have equal entitlement and access to opportunities that will improve their life choices.
We do this by forming positive relationships with all stakeholders within Doncaster and other providers regionally, nationally and globally. We ensure our work and learning is informed by evidence and research and we evaluate and refine the quality, effectiveness and impact of our work.

To provide inspirational leadership for Partners in Learning, supporting schools and developing strategic ambitions that increase the organisations reach, reputation and impact.

Strategic responsibility for the Charity’s financial and business growth, ensuring sustainability and diversity of income streams, through strengthening and embedding effective partnership working, that will enable schools to access wider expertise and opportunities.

The Board are looking for a high calibre CEO with a proven track record of achievement and credibility. The successful candidate will be values driven, with the ability to make Partners in Learning an ethical and great charitable organisation to work for, leading the way together for every child, in every school, every day.

You will be an outstanding leader with the skillset to provide ambitious strategic direction for the organisation, able to articulate its vision, values and ethos and inspire and empower others to share in achieving them.
We are looking for a CEO with credibility, influence, and gravitas, with a proven track record of achievement in the education, charity, or business sector. Agility, resilience, and an adaptable attitude towards work, with the capacity to be creative, innovative, and continually motivate and inspire those around you is essential.
You will have highly developed networking, partnership, advocacy and negotiating skills, to nurture and influence successful two-way relationships with key stakeholders and commercial partners, that will enable member schools to improve, through access to wider expertise and opportunities.
We would particularly like to hear from those with demonstrable commercial acumen with a proven track record of developing diverse income streams and an understanding of how organisations can contribute towards school improvement and help to raise the aspirations of local communities.

To apply, you should submit the following to Sara Harle, Director of Business & Operations:

A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, details of your current salary and benefits (in confidence) and preferred contact details

A supporting statement (or covering letter) of no more than two pages, which fully addresses the criteria in the job description and person specification

Details of two referees who can speak authoritatively about you together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent

It is essential that your CV and supporting statement/covering letter highlight all the relevant experience that the selection panel will be looking for in the sift process. Please forward applications to:

To view the Candidate brief Click Here
Details including a Candidate Brief and Job Description are available at

If you have an enquiry on any aspect of the appointment process or if you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, in confidence, then please contact Jim Lord to arrange a call back at

The Campaign Timeline

Role Advertised w/c 10th May 2021

Closing Date 7th June 2021 at 12pm noon

Shortlist 8/9th June 2021
If you have not heard back by 15th June, please assume that unfortunately your application has not been successful.


Stage One w/c 21st June 2021

Stage Two w/c 5th July 2021

Stage Three TBC

Announcement Prior to 20th July 2021
The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure & Barring check in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and the Police Act Regulations.
Equality Statement

Partners in Learning is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regards to pregnancy or maternity.
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