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Education Support Officer (Primary)

Education Support Officer (Primary)

Neath Port Talbot Council
Internal applicants only

This is a Temporary Secondment opportunity untill 01/04/2026

We are currently looking for an experienced school leader to join our team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for - work within the context of the Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning Support plan for schools, the council's strategic objectives and other key local and national strategic planning documents, to promote school improvement across the primary phase. To build capacity within schools to maximise the learning potential of all pupils. To support and challenge schools to support quality provision and improved standards of wellbeing. To be an Education Support Officer for a designated group of primary schools. The candidate will not be the ESO for any school within their cluster.

The main duties of the post;
  • Provide challenge and broker support for schools based on robust pupil-centred self-evaluation

  • To have a good working knowledge of schools in relation to targets, developmental plans, standards and quality of provision, leadership and management, finance and organisation.
    To promote effective data analysis in these schools.

    To facilitate effective practice across clusters of schools, particularly with regard to learning and teaching.
    To facilitate and provide, as necessary and appropriate, targeted support and challenge to any school which is under-achieving or giving particular cause for concern.

    To critically analyse and interpret comparative data from a range of sources to inform future decisions on school improvement strategies and to ensure appropriate targets are set and achieved by schools.

    Where necessary, to be involved in the process of addressing issues of teacher capability in conjunction with the Headteacher and Personnel and Professional Services of ELLLS.
  • To assist schools in the preparation of post-inspection action plans and monitor the effectiveness of their implementation.
  • To represent the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning in the selection process of Headteachers and deputy Headteachers, as necessary and appropriate.
  • To liaise and cooperate with other services and agencies as necessary to progress the priorities of the local corporate improvement plan and the service business plan.
  • To ensure appropriate support to designated schools, including the co-ordination and brokering of relevant support, both from the Local Authority and from other agencies.
  • To prepare written and oral reports on standards and educational provision in order to inform scrutiny arrangements within the Local Authority or relevant partnerships.

  • To develop appropriate actions plans for any allocated schools identified as causing concern. Liaise closely with a wide range of colleagues in the Local Authority to promote effective and coherent children's services and act as an advocate for children's services in schools.

    To participate as requested in regional and national initiatives and ensure that the Local Authority benefits from officer involvement. To advise allocated schools on issues relating to regional initiatives.

    To lead projects by identifying needs, setting challenging targets, allocating resources and monitoring and reviewing outcomes to deadlines. Maintain, monitor and oversee relevant budgets in collaboration with finance colleagues. Engage with other services and stakeholders to evaluate the impact of projects on standards in the Authority.

    To promote the Service's Inclusion Strategy in schools and other educational settings.

    To be vigilant that children and young people are safe and free from harm when visiting schools.

    To provide a strategic overview for the Education officer's team and other officers of performance within the LA and how this compares with the region and with national averages.

    To organise facilitate and, as necessary and appropriate, deliver effective INSET on performance data which will contribute to raising standards.

    You will have experience in/of;
    • A successful track record of senior leadership in primary schools
    Ideally you will have;

    -NPQH (desirable)

    If you think that you have the necessary experience and qualifications for this role, we would love to hear from you.

    Your workstyle will be a mobile hybrid worker in this role which gives you the flexibility to work from home and from a variety of Council workplaces.

    For an informal discussion, please contact (Mike Daley) on

    Phone: (07801 250964) or

    Email: (m.daley)@npt.gov.uk

    This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure with child barred list

    Neath Port Talbot Council is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our schools/employees are equally committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and young people and will take action to safeguard their wellbeing.

    The recruitment process for this post will be underpinned by rigorous safer recruitment assessment to ensure that children and young people are protected.

    Applications may be submitted in Welsh, applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

    We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates who have a disability and armed forces veterans.

    At Team NPT, we all work together to serve the people, communities and businesses of Neath Port Talbot.

    We are committed to providing training opportunities and the professional development of all our employees.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Team NPT.