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£500-a-day consultant job advertised to help Suffolk County Council improve education

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:34 10 February 2016

The advert for a consultant to work on assignment for Suffolk County Council Schools Choice traded service was posted on a number of job websites last month. Pic: David Davies/PA Wire.

The advert for a consultant to work on assignment for Suffolk County Council Schools Choice traded service was posted on a number of job websites last month. Pic: David Davies/PA Wire.

A company working with Suffolk County Council to improve education standards has advertised for a £500-a-day consultant to join on a short-term basis.

The advert for a consultant “to work on assignment for Suffolk County Council Schools’ Choice traded service” was posted on a number of job websites last month.

The deadline to apply for the full-time, short-term contract ended on February 5.

Schools’ Choice, based at Endeavour House in Ipswich, is run by Suffolk County Council but not funded by the local authority.

The company offers services, such as educational management, to local and national schools and academies in return for a fee.

According to the job description, the role involves: “Reviewing training/conference offer from Schools’ Choice; establishing what is best in class in education market; making recommendations for way forward; reviewing potential future structure.”

The job description adds: “Skills required include change management, business case experience and commercial trading knowledge.

“Demonstrable experience of working within education settings coupled with strong commercial skills. Ability to assimilate information/shape options quickly to inform Schools’ Choice strategy on its training and conference offer.”

Julia Dolan, general manager of Schools’ Choice, said: “The job advert describes the remit of this short term project role.

“The suggested rate of pay reflects the level of experience, knowledge and technical expertise that we are looking for in the potential candidate.”

When asked what the response had been, she added: “Currently we have had no one who would be right for the role. I am looking at several options.”

The job advertisement was first posted on January 8. The length of the contract has not been disclosed.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council, which was contacted for comment, said they were satisfied with Schools’ Choice providing a response.

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