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Head of Lab Schools

ISP Central
, United Kingdom
Date Added: Apr 17, 2024

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ISP Head of Lab Schools Role Profile
Purpose of Role
Our ISP LabSchools initiative transforms 11 selected schools worldwide into dynamic hubs for experimentation and learning. These schools, strategically located across different regions, serve as testing grounds for innovative EdTech solutions, focusing on various learning pillars. Through meticulous prototyping and educator training, we refine and adapt these solutions in real classroom settings, ultimately enhancing the learning experience for our students through improved academic achievement, engagement, and personalised learning.
The purpose of this role is to lead the further development, delivery and implementation of the ISP LabSchool Programme.
ISP Principles
Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding and Health & Safety issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.
Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.
Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.
Are financially responsible. We make financial choices carefully based on the needs of the children, students and our schools.
Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
ISP Head of Lab Schools Key Responsibilities
  • Lead the further development, execution and delivery of the LabSchool programme leading from the piloting of solutions to the adoption and roll out of proven applications and training for teachers across the group.
  • Contribute LabSchool updates to the EdTech Steering Committee and feed into updates on strategic initiatives to Executive.
  • Manage team members leading work in EdTech and the work of the EdTech SLT leads in LabSchools.
  • Foster relationships with ISP LabSchools and senior leadership teams in schools for trials and adoption of EdTech initiatives.
  • Contribute to organisational policies on EdTech and AI.
  • Evaluate the impact of EdTech initiatives and adjust implementation strategies as needed.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between technical and educational teams for EdTech integration.
  • Stay updated on EdTech and AI advancements, industry trends and competitor analysis and assess their applicability to the organization’s needs.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience in EdTech, focusing on project implementation and partnership with development teams.
  • Leadership skills for managing diverse teams and complex technical and change projects.
  • Understanding of the application of AI in educational contexts, including knowledge of current trends, pedagogical implications, and the ability to bridge the gap between technology and educational outcomes.
  • Proven ability to lead digital product development activities, including overseeing the design, development, and deployment of educational technology tools and platforms. This involves coordinating with technical teams, understanding user needs, and ensuring products meet educational objectives.
  • Strong communication skills for internal and external collaboration.
  • Strategic problem-solving skills.
  • Adaptability in a dynamic and evolving technology landscape.
  • Degree in Education Technology, Digital product development, or a related field.
  • Additional qualifications in project management or AI highly regarded.
ISP Leadership Competencies
You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.
  • Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.
  • Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.
  • Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.
  • Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.
  • Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.
  • Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.
  • Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.
ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles
ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures, including an online due diligence search, references and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history. 
ISP Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
ISP is committed to strengthening our inclusive culture by identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing teammates regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender expression, age, disability status, neurodivergence, socio-economic background or other demographic characteristics. Candidates who share our vision and principles and are interested in contributing to the success of ISP through this role are strongly encouraged to apply.
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