Jobs / Vacancies

  • Interim Primary Headteacher - East

    We are currently seeking an interim Primary Headteacher with extensive school improvement experience to lead a primary school on its improvement journey to good. In the first instance the role is for the autumn term.

    For more information about this unique opportunity call Jo Fish or Rachel Singer on 0113 287 8445/ 0203 637 5007 or email your CV to

  • Interim Secondary Principal - West Midlands

    West Midlands

    Working with a well-established multi academy trust, we are supporting the recruitment of an interim secondary Principal. We are looking for a candidate with a strong track record in school improvement, ideally with experience of working within schools serving diverse communities.

    To find out more about the role, please contact Jo Fish or Rachel Singer on 0113 287 8445/ 0203 637 5007 or send your CV to

  • Interim Secondary Headteacher, West Midlands

    West Midlands

    A highly diverse school in the West Midlands is in need of an experienced headteacher who can ideally start in the new term.  There may be opportunity for the successful candidate to remain in post for longer than the initial term. Governors are seeking an experienced leader with a strong background in improving teaching and learning through CPD and performance management.

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Jo Fish or Rachel Singer on 0113 287 8445/ 0203 637 5007.  You can also send your CV to


  • Interim Finance Associate

    West Yorkshire/North West/London

    An exciting opportunity for an experienced finance professional to support a newly formed multi academy trust to assist with the setting up of the financial model and to project manage the implementation of the new financial system across the Trust. Experience of Multi Academy Trust finance is essential.

    For an informal discussion, please contact Tracy Jackson, Jo Fish or Rachel Singer on 0113 287 8445/ 0203 637 5007 or send a copy of your CV to

  • Interim Headteachers


    We are working with a number of new schools to provide a range of support which includes interim leadership. Currently we are looking for experienced headteachers who have experience of rapid improvement, ideally in a cross phase setting, to give short term capacity and leadership.  These are complex roles managing multiple stakeholders but have the potential to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people at a crucial point in their education.

    If you are interested in these or similar opportunities, please contact Jo Fish or Rachel Singer on 0113 287 8445/ 0203 637 5007.

  • Academy Development – HR and Finance expertise

    Navigate supports multi academy trusts and individual academies to plan and grow sustainably.  We deploy expert teams in a variety of disciplines – adding capacity where and when it is needed the most. Our flexible model means that trusts can create bespoke packages of support that align to wherever they are in their growth journey.

    So, if you bring specialist expertise in academy development – in either HR, Finance, leadership or other school improvement specialism, we’d like to hear from you.

    Please call Tracy Jackson or Jo Fish to find out more – 0113 287 8445 or 0203 637 5007.

  • Business Director - St. Bartholomew’s School, Newbury


    This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic leader with a successful track record in educational business management to join an exceptional 11-18 school.

    St Bartholomew’s has engaged students, a talented staff and an ambitious governing body. It has a place at the heart of the community, vibrant traditions and modern facilities.  Founded in 1466 in Newbury, it has 1780 students on roll, including an ‘open’ sixth form of 500.

    As part of our plans for growth, we are now seeking to appoint a Business Director who shares our commitment to making a real difference to children’s lives by improving education outcomes. You will become part of a forward-thinking and energetic team.

    Applications are invited from individuals with a strong track record in business management, in the education sector, who have the vision to create and deliver an ambitious and sustainable business strategy that will enable the school to achieve its goals. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the education sector.

    A key member of the Leadership Team, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to shape this important role and make a huge impact for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Additionally, he or she will lead the support services team, ensuring it operates at the highest level.

    To learn more about this exciting opportunity and our school, please visit

    For an informal and confidential conversation or to arrange a visit to the school, please call Tracy Jackson or Helen Stevenson at Navigate on 0113 287 8445.

  • Head of School Strategy and Performance, Wakefield Council


    On the back of recent improvements in outcomes and a positive Ofsted school improvement inspection, Wakefield is keen to maintain and extend positive progress across all aspects of education provision to ensure continually improved outcomes for all learners.   We’ve been developing new and exciting ways to deliver school support functions to respond to the on-going changes in the sector.

    We are now seeking an ambitious, determined, and highly effective senior leader to join our team as Head of School Strategy and Performance.  You will lead:

    • a team to deliver challenge and support to schools and settings to increase the proportion of children and young people attending good or better schools in Wakefield,
    • key services including school improvement, governor services, school organisation, 14-19, early years and traded services, and
    • the development and implementation of a Wakefield “umbrella” organisation for all 143 schools and academies, enabling us to create a strong and positive culture of partnership and achievement.

    We are looking for a leader with senior experience in education; drawn from work with schools, Local Authorities or Multi Academy Trusts, someone with a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the sector, as well as a strong background in partnership and multi-agency working.

    You will need a good understanding of the statutory and regulatory frameworks for education and Local Authorities and the ability to develop and maintain credibility with elected Members, Headteachers, Principals, Chief Executives of Multi-Academy Trusts, senior managers across the Council, and other partner agencies, while supporting and enabling the improvement of educational standards for all Wakefield’s learners. In return, you will be part of a diverse, dynamic, and high performing Senior Leadership Team and will lead initiatives and services which have a real and direct impact upon the life chances of the children and young people of Wakefield.

    For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Jo Fish or Rachel Singer at Navigate on 0113 287 8445. To find out more please visit

    Closing date 15th September 2017.

  • Headteacher - Workington Academy, Cumbria

    Headteacher, Workington Academy (part of Cumbria Education Trust)

    Start date: January 2018

    Closing date: Monday 18 September 2017

    Salary: Competitive to attract the best

    Workington Academy has achieved a great deal in the past few years, bringing together staff and students from two predecessor schools and ensuring the smooth transition to a brand new state of the art building in March 2017. However, as with a number of coastal schools, Workington has faced a number of challenges.

    With support from Cumbria Education Trust, Workington Academy is looking forward to the future and the opportunity to improve, develop and grow in the coming months and years.

    We are looking for a successful and passionate leader to take up this fantastic opportunity and become the new Headteacher of Workington Academy. We are looking for someone who can implement rigorous school improvement and take the academy to the next level of educational excellence, within a fast-changing educational landscape. Equally as importantly, we are looking for someone who understands and is committed to Workington and its local community.

    The new Headteacher will be a natural leader, with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at strategic level within the Trust, including Headteachers and senior leaders across other Trust academies to share best practice. In addition to this, it is crucial that you will have a sound understanding of the new progress measures and how to achieve success within these parameters. We are committed to providing our students with the means to achieve and experience success at all key stages, and this will be a strong focus for the new Headteacher.

    Whether you are a serving Headteacher or a successful senior leader looking for your first whole school leadership role, what is clear is that you will have an exceptional track record of success, specifically in relation to school improvement and positive outcomes for all students regardless of their background.

    To learn more about this opportunity and Workington Academy, please visit

    For an informal and confidential conversation, please call Helen Stevenson at Navigate on 0113 287 8445.

    The closing date for applications is Monday 18 September 2017.
    Final Panel interview will take place on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September 2017.

    Cumbria Education Trust is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people. An enhanced disclosure from the DBS will be required for this post.

  • Chair of the Board - Fulwood Academy Trust

    Fulwood Academy Trust is looking to appoint a Chair of the Board, to lead the Trust through the next stage in its development. Currently operating as a single academy trust with Fulwood Academy, following recent and sustained improvements, it is the Trust’s aim to create a multi-academy trust focusing on growth initially in the Preston area.

    This is a key strategic role, at the leading edge of the academies agenda. The successful candidate will not only play a pivotal role in the continued success of Fulwood Academy, but will influence and drive expansion across the trust.

    Being Fulwood Academy Trust’s vocal advocate and increasing the Trust’s profile locally, regionally and nationally, forging new and exciting links will be crucial to the future plans.

    Ideally, you will have a broad knowledge of law governing aspects of education, governance, health and safety legislation, charities and financial acumen, to offer oversight and accountability of the internal operation of the trust. This will be combined with excellent leadership qualities, communication and organisational skills.

    This is an ideal opportunity for someone operating at a senior level in the education sector, who wishes to offer their range of skills and experience to benefit the Trust and communities it serves.

    In return, you’ll find an organisation committed to improvements across the broader education sector, providing development opportunities for all stakeholders.

    To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit

    If you wish to have a confidential conversation about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Stevenson on 0113 287 8445 or email

    Closing date: 10am, Monday 14 August 2017.

    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

    This is a voluntary and unremunerated position. However, reasonable expenses incurred on business of Fulwood Academy Trust may be reimbursed.

  • Coming soon........


    Check out our website for details of exciting new roles coming soon, including:

    Secondary Headteacher – North West-based MAT
    Head of Service – Yorkshire-based LA
    Lead Adviser – Yorkshire-based LA

  • CEO, Plymouth CAST

    South West

    Plymouth CAST is seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead the Trust through the next crucial stage in its journey.

    The Directors/Trustees are looking for a new CEO who will use their exceptional knowledge of the education sector to support and challenge the contribution every school makes to the Trust, ensuring staff provide outstanding educational and spiritual guidance for all the children and adults within the network.

    As CEO and Chief Accounting Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that:

    • The organisation’s resources are managed effectively;
    • Directors/Trustees, Diocesan authorities and other stakeholders including the Regional Schools Commissioner are appropriately informed about all key areas of organisation;
    • The organisation’s governance framework is fit for purpose and supports the delivery of outstanding education for all; and
    • All ecclesial and statutory responsibilities are met.

    Trustees are seeking a candidate with:

    • clarity of vision and a drive for excellence that puts children first;
    • a track record of exceptional strategic leadership and people management in educational or similar settings; and
    • a deep understanding of the educational landscape and how to improve academies at pace.

    This is a high-profile role at the leading edge of the education sector. You will be an outstanding, innovative leader, a creative and forward thinker who can champion and lead the work of the Trust and its plans for the future. You will have the support of a dedicated and engaged Board of Directors/Trustees and a highly effective Executive Team.

    For more information about this unique role please see or contact Helen Stevenson or Jo Fish on 0113 287 8445.