Head of Curriculum, Qualifications, Assessment and Innovation

Contract: Permanent, Full-Time with consideration given to suitable candidates wishing to work part-time

Location: Working remotely with travel to Market Harborough and across the UK

Salary: c.£40-45,000 depending on the skills and experience of the appointed candidate

Closing date: 09.00 Friday 19th July 2024


HMC – The Heads’ Conference – is a professional association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools.

A unique opportunity has arisen for an exciting new post designed to add to the HMC Education Team’s capacity to provide specialist support, leading in the areas of curriculum innovation and assessment.

This new role will support HMC Heads, and senior colleagues in HMC schools connected via the HMC networks. Working closely with the Director of Education and the HMC Education Team, the post-holder will support and contribute to the association’s on-going work, whilst focussing on matters relating to the curriculum, qualifications (including international qualifications), assessment and innovation across the key stages.

The post-holder will also work as an integral part of HMC’s team in driving forward the organisation’s strategy as it develops its internal infrastructure and operations for the future.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Acting as the lead source for information and guidance on curriculum, qualifications (including international) and assessment, and innovative projects designed to enhance the education experience for all pupils.
  • Monitoring curriculum, qualifications development and assessment matters globally, scoping and delivering innovative and collaborative projects, drawing on media coverage, published reports and cross-association meetings. Ensuring members of relevant working groups, committees and the HMC networks are informed and connected, working across HMC structures as required.
  • In liaison with the Director of Education, establishing/maintaining strong relationships in schools across HMC and their partner schools, with senior staff at other Heads’ Associations, and with external education organisations including Awarding Body organisations.
  • Acting as secretary to HMC committees and working groups, ensuring that meetings are supported with agendas, minutes and an action list, being proactive in following up actions.
  • Providing updates as appropriate across HMC’s SLT networks. Facilitating webinars as required.
  • Commissioning, developing, leading and analysing surveys and research, as well as developing proposals for projects which are designed to help all schools and pupils.
  • Supporting HMC Professional Development (HMCPD) events, including the HMC main conference, proposing relevant topics and themes and supporting facilitated sessions in related areas.
  • Leading and supporting other aspects of HMC activity as required.

This role would suit applicants with senior practitioner experience in the primary/junior school sector with a relevant professional qualification and/or registration.

Experience of teaching in senior schools and knowledge of HMC schools is not essential but would be an advantage.

The right candidate must have:

  • Detailed knowledge and experience in senior school curriculum and assessment matters and experience of providing relevant guidance to others
  • An interest in and enthusiasm for the work of schools and their pupils
  • Excellent academic or professional qualifications
  • A high degree of personal organisation and efficiency
  • Confident user of ICT including AI, digital systems and software
  • Experience of delivering training within a multidisciplinary environment
  • Strong commitment to the values and ethos of HMC

For a more detailed job description and person specification, please click here and to download an application form, please click here. To apply, please submit your CV and an application form including a statement of your suitability for the post, to [email protected] before the closing date.

If you wish to discuss the post, informally, please speak to Kate Howell, Director of Education, who can be contacted by email for an appointment at [email protected]

Closing date: 09.00 Friday 19th July 2024

Interviews: Stage 1 interviews will take place virtually in July/August 2024. Candidates who are successful at stage 1 will progress to a second stage interview, which is likely to be held in late August 2024. The start date for the post is flexible, with a desire for the successful applicant to be in post by early January 2025.