Thank you for considering the opportunity to join Baker Dearing as its Director of Education.
University Technical Colleges (“UTCs”) are academies that operate under licence from Baker Dearing, which created the UTC programme in 2010 with UTCs opening regularly each year. Baker Dearing has actively promoted and supported them since then. The licence requires UTCs to offer high quality technical education to students studying KS4 and KS5 (also known as 14-19). Profound employer and university engagement is essential. Representatives of employers and universities control the governing body of every UTC and also inform the curriculum and its delivery through consistent engagement with UTCs, both at the school and in the work place. UTCs operate a normal business week. There are 49 UTCs open with a capacity of some 600 students each. There are 13,000 students on roll at present and, for the third year running, the destinations of our 18-year-old leavers have been outstanding, as you will see in the UTC Students – 2017 Destinations leaflet. A small number of new UTCs are expected to open over the coming years.
Baker Dearing is an independent registered charity which turns over about £1.4 million per year, of which 12% comes from the Department for Education (DfE) and 18% comes from the UTCs themselves in the form of licence fees. The remainder comes from grant making trusts and donations from educational charitable organisations. Baker Dearing has a staff of about 24 people, most of whom are part time, so about 13 full-time equivalents. Baker Dearing aims to use its influence to ensure that UTCs satisfy both the needs of the employers and universities which have created them and the teenagers who join them at the end of KS3. Baker Dearing also seeks to ensure that UTCs are good schools, as judged by the standard metrics of the educational system, that they fill up with a balanced cohort of students and can be financially viable.
The relationships between Baker Dearing, UTCs, the DfE and our funders are set out in the Flow of Resources – UTC’s and Baker Dearing chart.
Peter Wylie is retiring after a very successful period with Baker Dearing as its Director of Education and we are looking for his successor to take the UTC programme forwards towards educational maturity. The Director of Education is the senior educationalist in the UTC programme. He or she will be closely involved with UTC governing bodies and Principals at a strategic and operating level and is responsible for the activities of our field team, which consists of very experienced home-based senior educationalists. The Director of Education also has a vital function in representing the needs of the UTC programme to the DfE and other key players in the educational establishment.
Over the coming years, a critical objective for Baker Dearing is that UTCs should be considered successful as schools. They are already doing an outstanding job as far as their students and employers are concerned but, as highly innovative institutions, there is much work to be done formally to establish them as good schools. It is clear to politicians, officials and UTC governing bodies that standard accountability metrics are not appropriate for UTCs. Their specialised curriculum and non-standard age range do not sit well with Progress 8 and EBacc. One of the Director of Education’s principal roles will be to work with DfE officials to develop an appropriate set of accountability measures, which properly reflect the excellent technical education delivered at UTCs and also provide public comfort that UTCs are very good schools.
The Director of Education will join a small senior management team consisting of the CEO (Charles Parker), Finance Director (Ian May) and Development Director (Simon Connell). The Board of Trustees is chaired by Lord Baker who, along with Lord Dearing, created UTCs in 2010. Baker Dearing’s chief function is permanently to embed these new technical schools into the English system and the Director of Education has a fundamental part to play in achieving that ambition.
I do hope you will be interested in joining us.
How to Apply
To apply, please send your CV and supporting statement outlining your suitability for the role. Your supporting statement (2 to 4 sides of A4) should outline how you satisfy the qualifications, experience, knowledge and understanding elements of the Person Specification. For candidates invited to interview, these responses will be explored further, together with the other elements of the Person Specification.
Your CV should include full contact details (address, daytime, home and mobile telephone numbers where applicable and email address) and details of 2 referees. For each referee please provide names, position, organisation, telephone numbers and email addresses where known. If you do not wish us to contact referees at this stage please make this clear.