Head of Education, Part time 3 days per week with homeworking

Homeworking with meetings in London
£45,000 per annum, pro-rata
18 Jan 2021
15 Feb 2021
Contract Type

Do you have the experience to help grow a bold new charity?

Lifting Limits is seeking an experienced primary school leader to take a senior position in our dynamic organisation. The successful candidate will be an expert practitioner with an informed understanding of the primary sector and the broader educational landscape. This is a new and important role which will be instrumental in taking the organisation to the next level. With our whole school approach showing impressive impact challenging gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality in primary schools, we are now primed for expansion. The Head of Education will have responsibility for all our educational content and our work in schools and, alongside our Chief Executive, will develop our delivery model so that our successful programme can be effectively scaled to reach significant numbers of schools.

Lifting Limits

Lifting Limits is a charity with a mission to challenge gender stereotyping and promote gender equality, in and through education. You will join our team at an exciting time as we build on the success of our pilot year, and scale our model for dissemination through the middle tier in education.

Key responsibilities

Lifting Limits’ core offer

  • Overall responsibility for the quality and content of Lifting Limits’ package of training and resources, including:
    • Ownership and regular review of our very successful inset sessions and accompanying materials;
    • Ensuring that resources, such as lesson plans and assemblies, remain up to date and of the highest quality;
    • Strategic expansion of our resources and training, including writing new resources and commissioning resources from specialists;
    • Reviewing resources in light of feedback received from participating schools;
    • Supporting in-school Gender Champions with the educational content of the programme and assisting schools in embedding a whole school approach to gender equality;
    • In conjunction with the Chief Executive, ensuring that all training and resources meet our identified Learning Objectives.
  • Delivery of training in schools and, as needed, training others to deliver Lifting Limits’ training.
  • Developing alternative offers for schools to allow for the differing needs of schools geographically, demographically and with varying resources.

Schools / programme management

  • Joint oversight of the running of the programme in schools.
  • In conjunction with other members of the team, building and fostering relationships with existing schools, potential new schools and middle tier organisations.
  • In conjunction with other members of the team, ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the programme’s impact in schools.

Expansion and scaling

  • Alongside the Chief Executive, developing our scalable model to ensure exponential growth in the numbers of children our programme reaches. In particular to develop:
    • Our ‘train the trainer’ training, to ensure that in-school Gender Champions are fully equipped to deliver training in their schools without dilution of our key messaging;
    • Strategy for connecting with, pricing and selling our programme into middle tier organisations and their schools networks;
  • Adapting the programme as needed to work with independent and single sex schools and pre-school nursery settings.


  • Joint management responsibility (with the Chief Executive) for the Programme Manager (to be recruited summer 2021).
  • Strategic input into organisational goals and development.
  • Alongside the Chief Executive, an expert spokesperson for Lifting Limits.

General Duties:

  • Maintaining awareness of the market within which Lifting Limits operates, including pricing and practices.
  • Remaining current with educational research and practices, changes in government legislation, guidance and inspection frameworks that may impact or provide opportunities for Lifting Limits.
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive and report to the Board of Trustees as required.
  • Develop positive working relationships with Lifting Limits’ staff and stakeholders.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development and training.
  • Participate in the day to day work of the organisation – such as reporting and attending meetings – and take a flexible approach to general administrative and support tasks as required.
  • Act in a professional manner and in a way that reflects Lifting Limits’ aims and values.

Person specification

Experience, knowledge and understanding

  • Qualified teacher with primary school teaching experience, including understanding of what makes an engaging and successful lesson, planning lessons and activities, writing lesson plans and associated resources.
  • Minimum middle leadership experience at primary school level, in particular, experience of delivering Insets, assemblies and supporting class teachers with lesson planning and delivery.
  • Understanding of the primary sector and the broader educational landscape, school budgets and changing trends in the sector.
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience working with local authority, multi-academy trust or other middle tier organisation desirable.

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • IT skills (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Confident managing and prioritising multiple projects and tasks.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.

Personal attributes

  • Self-starter, proactive with entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good at relationship-building and networking.
  • A commitment to gender equality and social justice.
  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills in the face of unexpected challenges.
  • Work enthusiastically as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines.
  • A keen eye for detail and accuracy.

Our Values

Lifting Limits is:

  • Evidence-based: our work is grounded in evidence of what works to bring about desired change.
  • Quality-driven: we aim to produce training and resources of the highest quality and to learn continuously how we might improve.
  • Inclusive: gender stereotyping affects everyone, whatever their gender; all aspects of identity intersect to create a person’s lived experience.
  • Positive, optimistic and encouraging: even small steps in raising awareness of unconscious bias and gender stereotyping start to bring about positive change.

You will be expected to carry out your duties in alignment with these values.


We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

To make your application and for further details on this role or on our work at Lifting Limits, please click the apply button below.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 15th February and interviews will be held on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February (with limited scope for alternative dates if necessary). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide references.

Due to our limited capacity we regret that we may not be able to respond to all applicants. If we have not responded within a week of the application deadline please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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