Overview

Please see the Cabinet Office Public Appointments Page for more information on the roles and how to apply: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/ofqual-board-members-and-ofsted-board-members/

Are you interested in making a difference to education, and the wellbeing of children and young people?

The Secretary of State for Education is seeking to appoint up to 5 members to the Board of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and up to 4 members to the Board of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).

We are seeking a diverse and experienced range of Board members who can help set the strategic direction for these 2 important organisations. Successful candidates will bring top level management and/or board experience, alongside the ability to provide strategic leadership and oversee performance. A description of the requirements for each Board is outlined in the respective Application Pack. Candidates may apply to be a member of one Board or ask to be considered for either Board.

Ofqual is the independent regulator of general and vocational qualifications in England. It maintains standards and public confidence in the qualifications system. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board, as the reform programme of general qualifications is implemented and reform of vocational and technical qualifications is embarked upon. The Board meets every second month and members are expected to belong to a Committee or Advisory Group. Remuneration of £6,000p.a. is payable. The time commitment is up to 20 days per year.

Ofsted is the independent inspector and regulator of services that care for children and young people and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. The Board meets every second month and members also are expected to belong to a Committee or Advisory Group. Remuneration of £8,282p.a. is payable. The time commitment is in the region of 20 days per year.

Person Specification

The following criteria is for the role of Ofqual Board Member:-

To help you decide if you wish to be considered for these posts, we have listed below the criteria that will be applied when assessing applications. Applicants will need to demonstrate in their written applications instances where their experience matches the essential criteria detailed below and it will be an advantage to demonstrate evidence of experience that matches the desirable criteria.

Essential criteria:

The ability to think strategically and to contribute to strategic development in different contexts;
High level management and/or board experience in the public, voluntary or private sectors; and
The ability to build effective relationships at high levels and/or between organisations.
Desirable criteria:

Roles Specific:

Experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas would be desirable:

Experience of the education sector, particularly, secondary, further and/or higher education;
Senior level practical or academic experience of vocational and technical qualifications;
Deep assessment expertise;
A background in industry with knowledge of apprenticeships;
Experience of senior positions in HR, training and recruitment;
Experience of senior corporate positions in communications or logistics; and
An understanding of regulation in general and/or the regulatory framework within which Ofqual operates.
Successful candidates are expected to support Ofqual’s aims and objectives and act as ambassadors for the organisation.

The following criteria is for the role of Ofsted Board Member:-

The successful candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet as many of the criteria as possible, including all essential criteria. These criteria will be explored further with those who are invited to interview.

Essential Criteria:

The ability to think strategically and to contribute to strategic development in different contexts
High level management and/or board experience in the public, voluntary or private sectors
The ability to build effective relationships at high levels and/or between organisations
A commitment to Ofsted as an inspectorate and regulator, and its role in improving standards in education, children’s services and skills
These may not apply for applicants early or mid in their career, where we will be looking for evidence of potential to perform at this senior level.

We are looking to recruit at least one person who has significant expertise and/or experience working at a senior level in at least one of the following:

– Children’s social care, including child protection
– Further education
– Financial management

Desirable Criteria:

For each of the four roles, one of the following areas of policy or sector expertise would be desirable:

Maintained secondary schools
Information technology and knowledge management
Additional Information
Ofqual and Ofsted

We particularly welcome disabled, female and minority ethnic applicants.
These appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Education and may be subject to routine security clearance. Induction will be provided on appointment.

Ofqual:

Remuneration is taxable under Schedule E and may be subject to Class I National Insurance Contributions. It is not pensionable.
Board members are also eligible to claim allowances, at rates set by Ofqual, for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on Ofqual business.

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