Regional Director, Education Learning and Skills
Grade: SCS pay band 1
Section 1: Job description
Ofsted believes that all children and young people deserve the best. Across the
whole range of education, learning and skills inspections, our new frameworks are
raising expectations and raising the bar. We’re determined to make a greater
difference: to raise standards and improve lives.
Under the leadership of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, we are
challenging those we inspect to improve faster. To do this we are radically changing
the way we work, so that inspection can be an even more powerful lever for
improvement. At the heart of this transformation will be our new network of regional
directors, leading our work on the ground and ensuring that schools, colleges and
the other bodies we inspect improve.
The Regional Director (RD) is central to our plans to improve the quality of
education, learning and skills in England. We have split England into eight regions:
North East, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East,
London and South West. Each RD is responsible for Ofsted’s performance in their
region, measured by their ability to drive improvement in those schools, colleges and
other learning and skil s providers which are less than good. By doing so, you’ll help
to transform the lives and opportunities of millions of children and young people.
The RD will lead a team of highly skilled inspectors, analyse data and understand
how best to support improvement through inspection. You will be an ambassador for
and a highly visible face of Ofsted in the region, but you will also be a crucial
member of the national team.
Collaborating with colleagues in the other regions, you will understand what really
drives improvement, and will share ground-breaking best practice so that education,
learning and skills providers across the country can improve rapidly.
The RD reports to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, helping him to transform the life
chances of young people and learners in England.
As well as being a senior strategic leader of education, learning and skills (ELS)
inspection and improvement work, each RD will be expected to take a full corporate
The key accountabilities of the role are outlined below. However, this is an overview
of the role and is not exhaustive. Ofsted reserves the right to assign other duties
commensurate with the SCS pay band 1 grade as required.
To work with Directors and other Regional Directors in leading the effective
delivery of ELS inspections to agreed targets and deadlines ensuring national
To take a leading national role on specific areas of ELS as required.
To report to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector on standards in a region,
challenging responsible authorities where improvement in ELS is faltering or is
not rapid enough.
To generate and support initiatives to generate improvement in ELS provision
and provide policy advice to Ofsted decision making bodies as required.
To engage with Directors of Children’s Services and senior leaders and officials
within Local Authorities within the region providing challenge and support
where there is insufficient improvement in ELS services.
To manage the day to day effectiveness of inspection provider contracts and
monitor the performance of these contractors as required.
To provide effective leadership and direction for teams of Senior HMI and
HMI, undertaking and promoting coaching, talent management and robust
performance management to ensure continuous improvement and
development of inspection activity.
To create a positive, user-focused, performance improvement culture ensuring
excellent performance management, quality assurance, consistency and cost
effectiveness within the teams you manage.
To play a full part in Ofsted’s strategic, corporate and team planning
processes, and contribute to the overall impact of Ofsted through determining
challenging performance targets which are regularly monitored and delivered,
making timely interventions to remedy any slippage.
To generate and support ideas which provide better ways of working and
improve the quality of services raising capability of own team and providers
through disseminating good practice.
To contribute to the development and delivery of Ofsted’s corporate standards
and values, of valuing people’s differences and actively pursuing the
objectives of Ofsted’s equality schemes and equalities action plans.
To provide and utilise full and accurate information on performance
monitoring, using this internally and externally to contribute to raising
To build a positive reputation for Ofsted, and ensure users are at the forefront
of all Ofsted’s work through effective internal and external communications,
stakeholder engagement and through providing an effective leadership role
model internally and externally.
To deal with correspondence on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and
handle press queries as required, in accordance with agreed policies.
To manage financial and other resources and risks effectively and in
accordance with Ofsted’s procedures.
To demonstrate high standards of personal integrity, probity and
professionalism at all times, behaving fairly and impartially in all activities with
others to build and maintain trust, respect and credibility.
At all times the post holder will be expected to operate in accordance with Ofsted’s
policies, procedures and values and be positive about safeguarding children, valuing
diversity, respecting differences and promoting equal opportunities.
Additional requirements of the role
The role will require significant travel and include overnight stays.
Section 2: Person specification
Knowledge, skills and experience
Degree level qualification or equivalent experience.
Higher degree or post graduate qualification, in a
Knowledge and experience
A minimum of five years’ experience of leadership at a
senior level in ELS including direct management and
development of senior professional staff and a track
record of successful human and financial management.
A track record in driving improvements in ELS and
achieving significant results.
Experience of developing complex external relationships
and encouraging a culture of imaginative thinking, which
genuinely listens to ideas from employees and
Experience of working as part of a corporate senior
leadership team, working collaboratively to achieve
Evidence of an understanding of the operational, legal,
financial and political workings of a large complex public
A minimum of five years’ experience of senior leadership
of high impact inspection activity and achieving
subsequent improvement of services and outcomes.
Highly developed communication skills, able to articulate
Ofsted’s role, aims, objectives, context and contributions
to improving standards in care, education and skills.
Able to inspire and robustly challenge others to engage
and see their role within it.
Highly developed analytical skills, able to identify issues
and create effective plans, systems and procedures to
manage change and respond promptly to critical events
and monitor success.
Ability to develop and implement strategies, policies and
performance management systems that deliver high
quality services focused on adding value to children and
learners which deliver real, lasting improvements.
Highly developed political awareness, able to analyse
requirements and steer a clear course taking into
account internal and external pressures and conflicting
Excellent people management skills, able to develop
teams to deliver to a high standard and deal robustly
with under performance.
An inspirational leader and effective ambassador for
Ofsted, able to command the respect and confidence of
colleagues direct reports and external stakeholders and
achieve a high level of credibility within the inspector
workforce and wider sectors.
A role model for Ofsted values; a corporate leader able
to act with integrity, and impartiality.
A resilient leader, able to act with confidence, conviction
and clarity in the face of tough negotiation or challenge.
An effective communicator, able to translate strategic
priorities into clear outcome-focused objectives for
managers and provide the energy and drive in
achievement of these objectives.
A commitment to the improvement of ELS services and
willing to “go the extra mile” to achieve results.