Operations Manager

£35,995 -£43,752
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Operations Manager (Bishop Challoner Training School Alliance)

Contract: Permanent, Full Time, Term Time Only plus 15 days

Hours: 36.5 hours per week

Salary: £38,296 - £46,549 pro rata (Grade 5)

Actual Salary: £35,995 - £43,752

Location: Challoner House, 21 Institute Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7EG

Start date: September 2023 or sooner if possible

Application deadline: Monday, 5th June, 1 pm

Interview date: Interviews will be held w/b 12th June 2023

Responsible to: BCTSA Director Job Purpose:

To manage and oversee all aspects of the operational delivery of BCTSA programmes.

Ensure effective recruitment, course delivery and compliance with DfE criteria

Bishop Challoner Training School Alliance (BCTSA) currently leads a School Direct partnership, with an average of 70 primary and secondary initial teacher trainees on our programmes each year. We also provide a full menu of professional development programmes for teachers and support staff at all stages of their career, including the ECT programme and the Specialist and Leadership NPQs.

We are seeking to recruit an exceptional, self-motivated, innovative and high-performing Operations Manager, to join our team to oversee the operational and administrative functions of the Training School. BCTSA delivers an outstandingly well-regarded initial teacher training and professional growth offer across Birmingham and the West Midlands, established for over 20 years. This is an incredibly exciting time to join our dynamic and forward-thinking team, as we launch our newly accredited school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT).

The Operations Manager will play a critical role in working with senior staff to establish highly effective marketing, recruitment, administrative and organisational systems for our new and current programmes. The Operations Manager will work as part of the central BCTSA team, consisting of the BCTSA Director, Business Manager, Primary Programme Lead, Secondary Programme Lead, Senior Lead Mentor and programme Administrators.

You will work closely with our cohort of trainees, SCITT Tutors and Lead Mentors, school mentors, HEI representatives, governance members, partnership schools, and all those involved in the delivery of our ITT, ECT and professional development programmes. Bishop Challoner Catholic College is a highly successful, heavily over-subscribed mixed 11-19 comprehensive school in the South of Birmingham.

We were designated as one of the first 100 Teaching Schools in the country and we are the lead school for the Central Midlands Maths Hub, the Central Midlands Science Learning Partnership, Birmingham and Central Midlands Computing Hub, and the Schools Sports Partnership. The school has recently been designated as a Microsoft Showcase School in recognition of its excellence in innovation and the effective use of technology.

Bishop Challoner is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It has policies and procedures to ensure this occurs. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

For an application pack please contact Lorraine Houldcroft, PA to Headteacher, on 0121 444 4161 or visit our website www.bishopchalloner.org.uk/vacancies

Please note all applications have to be on the CES application form. Email applications to Lorraine Houldcroft: [email protected]

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 5th June 2023, 1pm



• Support all strategies for recruiting trainees to our ITT programmes and to recruit to ECT/NPQ and other programmes

• Lead the trainee recruitment process.

• Ensure that all recruitment follows safer recruitment guidelines and current employment legislation.

• Manage the journey of applicants from initial contact through the full recruitment process.

• Ensure effective communication with partner schools


• Lead marketing and information events across the partnership.

• Analyse the impact of marketing activities, making recommendations on the development of the marketing plan.

• Support the promotion of BCTSA ITT and ECF/NPQ and other programmes through social media and other mediums for advertising.

• Be responsible for maintaining and utilising the website as a marketing and recruitment tool, reflecting current priorities.


• Work with the BCTSA leadership team to oversee the administrative function including line management of administrative staff.

• Manage and contribute to the allocation of trainees to initial teacher training placements and ensuring effective liaison, and communication with, placement schools and mentors.

• Manage usage of online course management system, including coordinating trainee progress reviews and ensuring collection and collation of staff and trainee feedback.

• Assist with the organisation of ITT training sessions and CPD courses including liaising with participants and facilitators/presenters.

• Organise, administer and minute as necessary Board and Committee meetings.

• Assist the Business Manager with the tracking of the budget and financial records.

• Comply with and assist with the development of policies and procedures.

• Maintain confidentiality in respect of personal records and data in line with GDPR policies.

• Analyse and evaluate data/information and produce reports as required.

• Help maintain internal manual and computerised records for trainees.

• Liaise with the HEI provider as relevant for PGCE.

• Assist with the production of data and other materials in preparation for inspections by Ofsted or external moderators visits, and preparation of reports to external agencies.

• As a delivery partner for ECF and NPQ programmes, oversee the use of external provider portals and systems.

• Oversee quality assurance activities.

• To be responsible for personal continuing self-development, undertaking training as appropriate.


• At times you may be required to work flexible outside of normal working hours to support BCTSA events.

• Contribute to a distinctively Catholic ethos that is inclusive and applies Catholic values, attitudes and practices.

• The Operations Manager should be prepared to take on additional duties and responsibilities commensurate with the role

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