Manchester NEXUS

Director of SCITT

Starting Salary: £65,000-£70,000, depending upon experience

Permanent/Full Time

Required for September 2022

Registered office: The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham, OL1 3SQ

This is an exciting post in a strong and growing multi-academy trust, focused on the key to educational quality; developing growing teachers at all levels.  This role is both strategic and operational, professionally exciting in itself, and an excellent preparation for school and/or trust leadership.

The person we appoint will become a member of the senior leadership of the CET, reporting to the CEO. This post is offered at secondary deputy headteacher (or equivalent) and primary headship level and is part of a different but aligned pathway which could take the postholder to secondary school leadership, executive leadership or school improvement leadership within a MAT. Educational leadership is changing and now takes many forms. The recruitment, training, development and retention of the workforce is both a strategic and an operational challenge, which is key to the success of schools and trusts.

The leader we are looking for will be committed to the recruitment, training and development of new entrants to the profession, through a partnership involving currently over 20 schools and colleges and to the impact that initial teacher training, as part of the Early Career Framework provision, can have on improving the quality of education and improving retention in schools and colleges. S/he will lead a committed and experienced core team with significant expertise in ITT, and expert financial support from the Trust’s Chief Financial Officer. S/he will lead the wider partnership, developing and driving strategy and direction to ensure that Manchester Nexus grows and thrives in the complex and changing world of teacher training and development, so that we are able to fulfil our core purpose of enabling our children and young people to benefit from the highest quality teaching.

We are looking for someone who:

  • is an educational leader and strategic thinker and planner, with a strong business intelligence and drive, to lead the development, continuing improvement and growth of Manchester Nexus, the Initial Teacher Training arm of the (CET).
  • Is likely to be an aspiring or serving deputy headteacher in secondary (or equivalent) or a primary headteacher, with successful experience of strategic leadership and how this is operationalised across a wide and diverse team/partnership.
  • knows about and understands the curricular and pedagogic principles that underpin the CCF and ECF and the requirements for future ITT provision and will have thought through the implications for successful delivery.
  • appreciates that as an ITT provider the Trust is directly accountable to the DfE across a range of compliance requirements and these are paramount.
  • embraces working with the Chief Financial Officer/central finance team to lead the financial performance of a key aspect of the Trust’s role in improving educational quality and to institute controls, draw up a clear business plan and budget, and monitor/profile performance against this.
  • Understand the importance of effective marketing.

Working for The Cranmer Education Trust means that you would be part of a successful, growing Trust which prides itself on looking after its people, offering a high level of support and access to expertise.  This is an excellent time to join the team, as we develop collaborative structures and systems to enhance and support our growing family of schools.

The Cranmer Education Trust is made up of The Blue Coat School, St Anne’s Academy in Middleton and two primary schools – East Crompton St George’s and Mayfield Primary. The Trust also incorporates the East Manchester Teaching Hub which supports the training and development of new and existing teachers across the North West of England. We are also opening a new secondary school in Oldham in 2022 for 1,200 pupils, The Brian Clarke CE Academy.  For further details please visit

We offer:

  • Opportunities for professional development in a growing Trust
  • Central Oldham location close to good transport networks
  • CARE average pension scheme including life insurance and dependent’s pension

The Cranmer Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Cranmer Education Trust follows safer recruitment practices. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020 and appointment is therefore subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.

For further information please refer to:

·       the Cranmer Education Trust’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Trust Policies | Cranmer Education Trust

·       The Trust’s statement on the employment of ex-offenders, in the vacancy Supporting Documents section.

·       The job description and person specification for further information regarding the safeguarding responsibilities of the role.

Follow the link Cranmer Education Trust – Careers site to apply for this vacancy. Please note CVs are not accepted.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 9:00am

Interviews: 1st and 5th April 2022


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