Secondment Opportunity – The Edge Foundation – Policy Manager

Edge is the independent charity dedicated to shaping the future of education in the UK. We believe that a coherent, unified and holistic education system can support social equity and enable all young people to fulfil their potential.

Edge’s research shows that a broad and balanced curriculum, including creative and technical subjects, rich employer engagement, teacher autonomy and interactive pedagogy, can help to bring learning alive and prepare students for more than just a set of exams.

We believe that we need a revolution in our classrooms to ensure young people take away more from their education than just grades, and have the skills our digital economy demands for the 21st century and beyond.

Edge is staffed by a small and highly effective team and this role is an excellent opportunity to undertake exciting and valuable work whilst receiving plenty of support and development.

  • The role
    We plan our work together as a team, so there will be the opportunity for flexibility to suit the individual’s strengths, interests and development areas, as well as the chance to propose new areas of work to pursue where these underpin our policy and organisational aims.

    The key responsibilities of the role will include:

    • Keeping fully up to date with key relevant areas of government policy (e.g. T-levels, Apprenticeships) as the Edge expert;
    • Leading internal debate, answering questions and developing proactive policy overviews and briefings outlining the latest position for the team;
    • Leading the development of outward-facing policy papers outlining Edge’s evidence-based policy position in key areas, leading the process from start to publication.
    • Contributing to the development of Edge’s wider cross-cutting policy reports, which cover areas such as Further Education and Apprenticeships, leading on the development of policy recommendations;
    • Developing and leading Edge’s policy networks in the education field and related areas of interest, bringing together a wide range of policymakers from different organisations;
    • Cultivating and maintaining a strong personal network of individuals involved in all aspects of education policy including within the civil service and third sector;
    • Working closely with the research team to shape areas of research relevant to current and developing government policy. This may include acting as a named adviser on externally commissioned policy projects;
    • Working closely with the communications team to support Edge’s campaigns for policy change, including sharing details of policy messages and publications with Members of Parliament and other key policymakers;
    • Working with the CEO and Executive Director to present Edge’s policy position to senior stakeholders including politicians. This will include developing and leading events and attending political conferences.
  • Person specification
    We are looking for someone with experience and understanding of policymaking gained within the civil service, local or regional government or the voluntary sector. The individual should have:
    • At least five years of experience leading policy development in the education sector;
    • Strong project management, organisational and administration skills;
    • Strong analytical, written and presentation skills, including experience of writing successful education policy reports;
    • Experience of working and communicating effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including those at senior level;
    • Experience of working effectively independently and within a small team;
    • Excellent knowledge of relevant education policy and alignment with Edge’s values.
  • The team

    Edge has a successful policy and research team, which works with a range of external partners. The team as a whole is responsible for:

    • Overseeing external research projects that improve practice and drive forward work in this area.
    • Undertaking primary education research focused on schools, universities and the wider education sector.
    • Writing and publishing policy reports. Recent topics include the school curriculum and the future of higher education.
    • Developing research-based policy statements and coordinating policy activities and campaigns across the sector.
    • Leading delivery of key projects, including Edge Future Learning, which is bringing a highly effective model of technical education from the US to the UK for the first time.

    Leading our policy development function, this new post will significantly increase our capacity to coordinate and manage policy development across the sector. The post will focus in particular on the third and fourth strands above, as well as contributing to the wider work of the team.

  • Terms of appointment and application process

    For those interested in this secondment, please speak to your line manager about your potential release prior to expressing an interest.

    Please submit the following:

    • A detailed CV.
    • A covering letter explaining why this secondment interests you and how you meet the essential skills detailed in the person specification.
    • An Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below).


    Documentation can either be submitted via the Apply Now button above, or by email to Paige Torrance, Talent Manager via [email protected]. If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Paige via [email protected] or on 0207 222 1166.

    The deadline for applications is Midday, Monday 30 March 2020. After the closing date, the appointment panel shall compile a shortlist, assessing candidates’ suitability for the role based on evidence provided in the CV and supporting statement. Final interviews will be held at the end of March at The Edge Foundation offices in central London.

    The successful applicant will begin the secondment in September 2020.

    The Edge Foundation, Secondment Opportunity, Policy Manager .pdf Equalities Monitoring Form