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Research and Evaluation Officer

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Independent Schools Inspectorate
London, England, United Kingdom
26 days ago



The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is a not-for-profit, independent, expert organisation appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) to conduct high-quality inspections against the regulations for independent schools in England and overseas. We are responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council and we are proud to inspect over 500 schools per year across England. Our vision is that all children and young people in independent education are safe, secure and well educated. Our mission is to ensure that children and young people in independent schools and colleges at home and overseas stay safe and receive high quality, effective education, and to encourage schools to improve through the provision of world-leading, evidence-based inspection and improvement services.

Our office is based in Barbican and the organisation has approximately 30 employees and contracts a pool of over 1000 carefully selected and trained inspectors to provide its services across the UK

We are currently recruiting for a Research and Evaluation Officer, to join us for a 1 year fixed term contract working full-time. 

Main Purpose of Job

To support ISI in analysing and evaluating the results of a national consultation exercise designed to test the proposals for a new inspection framework to take effect from September 2023.

Key responsibilities

  • To undertake data collection and quantitative and qualitative analysis, including working with data collected through ISI’s consultation process, focus groups and any other feedback channels;
  • To keep informed of relevant policy and research developments, and to ensure that members of the ISI Executive are sighted on key material.

Key Activities

  • Analyse quantitative and qualitative data and carry out desktop research.
  • Produce high quality written outputs from primary and secondary research, in language that is accessible to a range of audiences.
  • Assist ISI in keeping abreast of new data releases relevant to inspection frameworks (eg DfE, Ofsted, Care Quality Commission).
  • Ensure that research activity is conducted in line with ISI’s governance and quality assurance framework for the consultation process, including managing personal data to ensure confidentiality and compliance with the Data Protection Act.
  • Facilitate appropriate access to research literature for the ISI Executive team, and produce literature reviews to identify gaps in current research and to inform the design of ISI research.
  • Support work to engage actively with experts by experience and encourage regard for an inclusive approach across ISI’s work.
  • Work with the Communications Team and other members of the Executive team in maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders where appropriate.
  • Support Working Groups for specific studies, liaising regularly with members to set agendas and prepare material for review.
  • Promote effective and efficient communication within the wider organisation.
  • Organise research focussed workshops, training, and other events.

Such other duties as may be required to fulfil the objectives of the role.

Person Specification

Education, Knowledge and Technical Skills

  • Educated to at least Degree level (post graduate qualification desirable) and with some research or evaluation element, and/or equivalent professional qualification/knowledge
  • Have undergone training in research and evaluation methods and tools including both qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • High degree of ICT literacy – Word and Excel essential
  • Current legislative, policy and practice developments and key research issues and findings in relation to school inspection (desirable)


  • Social research or evaluation processes
  • Quantitative research
  • Working in cooperation with professionals within public or voluntary sector agencies
  • Managing projects; production of reports or similar
  • Desk-based secondary research, including carrying out literature reviews and evidence reviews
  • Recording and analysing social research or evaluation data
  • Drafting research reports for non-academic audiences
  • Experience of working within a complex organisation (desirable).


  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis (using appropriate software)
  • Experience of undertaking social research fieldwork – interviews, focus groups, questionnaires etc
  • Desk top research and literature review
  • High standard of written and spoken English and of numeracy
  • Ability to engage confidently with external agencies
  • Ability to summarise complex information into plain English
  • Ability to write for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to work to deadlines, prioritise workload and maintain standards
  • Ability to interact with others at all levels within the organisation in a confident and professional manner
  • Methodical and accurate
  • Able to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Training, facilitation and presentation skills (desirable)

Please submit your CV and a Cover Letter as part of your application

Application deadline: 20th May 2022  

All staff are currently working to a hybrid work arrangement

ISI is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join ISI.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63017650
  • Location:
    London, England, United Kingdom
  • Position Title: Research and Evaluation Officer
  • Company Name For Job: Independent Schools Inspectorate
  • Job Function: Research
  • Salary: 33,000.00 - 37,000.00 Pounds Sterling (Yearly Salary)

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