Regional Lead (East Midlands and East) (closed)

Title: Regional Lead

Location: East Midlands and East of England. Home based with regular travel to London and across the region

Contract: 1-year fixed term (with potential for extension until August 2022).

Salary: £45 - 50k depending upon experience

Start: March/April 2020

About the EEF

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. We aim to:

  • raise the attainment of 3-18 year-olds, particularly those facing disadvantage;
  • develop their essential life skills; and
  • prepare young people for the world of work and further study.

We support teachers and senior leaders by providing free, independent and evidence-based resources, designed to improve practice and boost learning.

We do this by generating evidence of what works to improve teaching and learning, funding rigorous trials of promising but untested programmes and approaches.

We then support schools, as well as early years and post-16 settings, across the country in scaling evidence to achieve the maximum possible benefit for young people.

The EEF has used a number of methods to disseminate its evidence to schools and scale-up the adoption of promising evidence-based practice and programmes. As well as publishing and disseminating its resources (such as the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, guidance reports and evaluations of individual EEF-funded projects), the EEF has adopted more active approaches – including regional campaigns based around guidance reports; promoting evidence through the Research Schools Network; and incentivising schools to adopt effective programmes through Excellence Funds.

As part of the next phase of its scale up work, the EEF is developing a new approach to regional work, which combines readily actionable guidance and associated resources, CPD and training, and proven programmes, through a brokered approach, aimed at supporting schools to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. The role is designed to establish a collaborative approach to school improvement, combining the deep insight of local contexts with the skills and expertise of the EEF and the Research Schools in generating and mobilising research evidence to raise attainment.


The Regional Lead will act as a broker between the EEF, schools and the system leaders ensuring schools can access the high-quality support, training and coaching available from the Research School Network and other EEF partners. The core purpose of this work is to ensure that EEF’s evidence and resources are reaching schools, particularly those in disadvantaged circumstances.

We are recruiting for an additional regional lead to join a small team of 5 regional leads covering England. This role is to cover an area from East Midlands to East Anglia.

Main responsibilities:

  • Act as the main point of contact for the EEF in the region and help build understanding and engagement around the scale-up approach
  • Build and maintain a strong network of contacts with system leaders, key influencers, headteachers and others.
  • Manage the day to day contact with the region’s Research Schools, providing support and a direct line with the EEF
  • Ensure the Research Schools are recognised as key delivery partners in the region by working closely with them and the central EEF team to ensure that there is sufficient capacity for delivering CPD and training
  • Identify and build relationships with other potential delivery partners to enhance capacity
  • Broker relationships between schools, Research Schools and other supporting partners
  • Plan, co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of the programmes to all priority schools
  • Understanding local and regional school improvement priorities to support engagement
  • Monitor and quality assure the implementation of CPD and training from all delivery partners in the region, including holding partners to account for achieving key indicators and guaranteeing data and reporting is undertaken.

Other responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the operational and strategic development of the EEF
  • Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive or Head of Dissemination and Impact

Person specification

You will be joining a small and focused team driven by an ambition to deliver real improvements in educational attainment, especially for disadvantaged pupils. You will have established networks within your home region and be committed to making a difference.

To apply for this position, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability and credibility to act as an effective ambassador for the EEF in the region
  • Be able to articulate clearly the value and the role of evidence in driving improvements in pupil attainment
  • A track record of project management and delivering change across a school or organisation
  • Strong relationship management and communication skills
  • An understanding of the causes and consequences of the attainment gap in English schools
  • An entrepreneurial approach and an ability to adapt to a small, ambitious organisation
  • Resourcefulness and high energy
  • An ability to work well in a team and offer a hands-on approach
  • A commitment to the aims of the EEF
  • A willingness to travel to London regularly and to occasionally stay overnight
  • Understanding of the education landscape in your home region and strong networks within it
  • A full driving licence


  • Experience of working with system leaders across your home region
  • Experience of quality assuring the delivery of CPD and training
  • Experience or understanding of leading training, coaching and providing support to school leaders and teachers.

Working at the EEF

The EEF is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensuring that all qualified applicants receive equal consideration for employment. We are committed to fair and inclusive recruitment practices and are open to job shares, secondments, part-time and flexible working schedules. However, applicants should note that the job will require travel across the region, at least twice monthly trips to London (more in the first two months of the role) and will require attendance at some meetings with little control of timings.

We regret that we are unable to sponsor visas for applicants from outside of the EEA.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

This post, due to its nature, duties and responsibilities, will be subject to a check by the DBS. The level of check which will apply shall be an “Enhanced” level check.

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter to with “Regional Lead” in the subject title.

Your covering letter should be no more than two sides of A4 and should outline why you are interested in this position and how you meet the criteria above, drawing on specific examples. 

Recruitment timetable

Applications openTuesday 10 December
Applications closeMonday 6 January
Shortlisted interviewsWeek commencing 27 January