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  • Ref no: MID03103
  • Published: 10/10/19
  • Closes: 22/10/19
  • Location: Fairfield House 8 Lothian Road, EH22 3AA
  • Salary: £58,107.00 - £64,836.00 per year pro rata
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Description



Secondment - South East Improvement Collaborative
Salary: £58,107 - £64,836

All employees are expected to display and promote certain behaviours in the workplace. Our ‘Code of Conduct’ contains more information. 

The Role
The main role of a QIO is to assist the appropriate Head of Education and Quality Improvement Manager in leading the work of the South East Improvement Collaborative to improve educational outcomes. QIOs, working closely with head teachers and senior leadership teams, play a leading role in implementing the SEIC plan.  They will be responsible for improving the curriculum, learning and teaching and raising levels of achievement through providing leadership across the South East Improvement Collaborative. 

The Individual
The post is suited to an individual who has significant experience of leadership of school improvement, contributing effectively to developing new ways of working to deliver effective support and challenge to educational establishments.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate their impact on improving the quality of services and outcomes for service users and in raising, or maintaining, high standards of service delivery. They should be committed to collegiate working and working in partnership with colleagues from Education and Social Work. This is a challenging post which will require qualities of vision, leadership, teamwork and excellent communication skills.You should be educated to degree level or equivalent and have direct recent experience of managing self-evaluation and quality improvement to a high level.

Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership through Disclosure Scotland for working with children.

Registration with the General Teaching Council is essential.

Agreement for the secondment is required from your Line Manager before applying.

For further information, please contact:

Nicola McDowell, Schools Group Manager

Tel: 0131 271 3726 or

Interview Date: Friday 25th October 2019


Pre Employment Checks/Requirements
If you are successful, our offer of employment will be conditional on satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements, such as medical screening, two written references, one which must be from your most recent/current employer, verification of your original qualifications and your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Registration with the General Teaching Council and a satisfactory PVG check for Regulated Work with Children will also be essential.

General Teaching Council Scotland
Teachers applying for permanent posts should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS). For further information on registration please visit:

Regulated Work with Children
This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Successful candidates will require a PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 6 consecutive pay periods. The fee for a PVG Scheme Record Update is £18. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 2 consecutive pay periods. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary. If you are an existing employee the Council will pay the cost of the Application Fee.

In your application we ask for information under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ask you to disclose any unspent convictions. Disclosures should be made by writing to or emailing the Employment and Reward Manager, in confidence, giving details of the offence(s), penalty and date(s) of conviction. Applicants should note that failure to disclose a conviction which is subsequently advised through a Disclosure Scotland check may result in the withdrawal of any offer of appointment.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant from working with Midlothian. Decisions regarding suitability for positions of trust which are subject to vetting will be dependent on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit:



If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing attached documentation, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team, stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

The Individual

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

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