Two senior education roles could cost £215k per year

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THE combined wage bill for two key senior education appointments could top £215,000 a year.

Left to right: Guernsey College of Further Education, Institute of Health and Social Care and the GTA University Centre. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 23866543)

Job adverts have been published for the new executive principal of the Guernsey Institute, the new further and higher education institution, and for a director of education who will help lead a transformation of secondary and post-16 education.

The executive principal post carries a salary of between £95,633 and £107,832 per annum. The director of education role has been advertised with a salary of between £87,410 and £107,832. That means a potential combined wage bill of up to £215,664 a year.

Further details of the roles and desired candidates have also been set out in recruitment information packs published alongside the job adverts.

‘As a senior academic with proven business acumen, the executive principal will be expected to lead on the establishment of the new institution and new governance structure, ultimately moving the institution to independent university college status. At this juncture, the executive principal role will change to become a chief executive role,’ said the pack about the executive principal role.

The integration of the GTA University Centre, the College of Further Education and the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies will be central to that work.

With an annual budget of around £10m., the executive principal is also expected to be ‘driving the development of the business of the institution, including identifying and taking advantage of appropriate opportunities to increase and diversify income streams to support the institution’s vision and strategies’.

Making recommendations as to how the institution’s offer could be extended beyond island provision – such as research, development and digital learning opportunities – is another part of the role.

The pack also said that the new institution would have a headcount of circa 200 full-time equivalent staff and a student group of full-time and part-time participants – circa 5,000 per annum – with additional continuing professional development delegates of around 4,500 annually.


The information pack for the director of education position said: ‘We are looking for a driven and experienced educational leader who holds consistently high expectations for standards of education and has a proven track record of delivering complex organisational change in an educational context.’

As well as taking overall responsibility for the educational services, the post holder will act as head of profession for education in the States. They will advise on policy development, implementation and compliance.

‘An excellent communicator, the director of education will need to form and maintain strong relationships with senior colleagues and other stakeholders, always with a strong focus on the best interests of learners. This is a key role in the shaping of the Bailiwick’s new education system,’ said the information pack.

It also said that there are approximately 400 teachers and staff currently working in the state sector across Education, teaching 2,400-plus students across key stages 3, 4 and 5. There are approximately 2,500 full-time and part-time students – with additional CPD delegates of approximately 3,000 per annum – across the three post-16 institutions.

Nick Mann

By Nick Mann


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