Head of Education and Practice

  • Job Reference: MB5464
  • Date posted: 23 November 2017
  • Recruiter: Russam GMS
  • Location: London with flexibility
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/benefits: Up to £60,000 per annum
  • Sector: Children & Young People, Education/Training, Family Welfare, Health
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

The Client
Founded in 1956, National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is the largest UK charity for parents, providing information on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenthood. Their vision is a nation in which no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a strong society. They play a critical part by supporting parents in their first thousand days, through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood by sharing knowledge, creating networks and campaigning for change.

NCT is the number one provider of parenting education. Every year NCT courses and workshops support almost 100,000 expectant and new parents right across the UK. The Education and Practice team, in partnership with the University of Worcester and the Open College Network, offer the best training, quality assurance and professional development opportunities in antenatal and postnatal parent education. They deliver excellent recruitment and training of future practitioners, as well design and delivery of CPD to improve practice and quality assurance.

The Role
NCT has embarked on an ambitious strategy to better support all parents through the first 1000 days. This is a ten year journey, and at its heart is a major review of the courses and workshops they provide, which will lead to a review of the model of education.  NCT are looking for a Head of Education and Practice to work closely with the Executive Director of Parent Services, to continue to deliver what is in already in place and add value to the shape and direction of the forthcoming review on the practitioner education model.

In particular, you will:

  • Lead the delivery of excellence in the education of students as they prepare to become NCT practitioners.
  • Focus on improving support to practitioners resulting in better antenatal courses and infant feeding work.
  • Prepare the team for organisation-wide change.
  • Ensure that services provided by NCT accurately reflect learnings taken from how students are educated and how practitioners support parents.
  • Shape and direct the review of the model of practitioner education, which begins once there is an understanding of what the future services to parents will be.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in delivering excellent services to parents as well as shaping the future of education and practice within the charity and indeed, support for parents right across the UK.

The location of the role is flexible with an expectation of being in London office at least 2 days a week with some travel required.

The Candidate 
The ideal candidate will have experience of leading delivery in a complex organisation, managing people and teams through change, ideally within an adult education setting.

You must also be able to demonstrate:


  • Proven track record of leading and managing transformational change
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Highly organised, able to juggle several competing tasks
  • Diplomacy and strong influencing skills
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to communicate complex information
  • Collaborative, open style


  • Understanding of the NCT or another national or international voluntary organisation
  • Experience of working with credibility across Further Education or Training sector
  • Educated to degree level

NCT is a movement of tens of thousands of passionate individuals, therefore they are as interested in attitude and approach as they are in experience and track-record. They want to find and work with colleagues who are committed to learning and development; passionate about NCT's mission and potential - putting parents at the heart of everything they do; can-do, inspiring and infectiously enthusiastic; pragmatic; reliable; humble as well as expert and committed to collaboration and kindness.

More Information
For more information on this role please download the Candidate Information Pack.

If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact Melissa Baxter on 07789 985 229 or Marsha Gosling on 07818 509690.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please provide the following via the relevant fields:

  • A comprehensive CV including details of your achievements in each role.
  • A supporting statement of no more than one page highlighting your key strengths and how you feel you meet the criteria for this role.

Closing date for applications is Friday 5th January 2018.