Senior Researcher x 2

Recruiter
EDUCATION POLICY INSTITUTE
Location
England
Salary
30000.00 - 37000.00 GBP Annual + (depending on experience)
Posted
05 Aug 2017
Expires
02 Sep 2017
Sector
Childcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Education Policy Institute is an independent, impartial and evidence-based research institute that aims to promote high quality education outcomes, regardless of social background. Through our research, we provide insights, commentary and critiques about education policy in England.

We are looking to recruit two senior researchers who will each lead an analytical work programme within EPI. These posts are available on a full or part-time basis. These work programmes will broadly cover:

Mental health, well-being and inclusion

Young people's mental health is an increasing concern for policy makers. Over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of fourteen, and three-quarters has developed by the age of eighteen. Around one in 10 children aged 5 to 16 have mental health problems, the equivalent of three in every classroom.

The Education Policy Institute has already published a series of reports on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), the role of education in young people's mental health, and the relationship between wellbeing and the use of social media.

We now wish to develop our work programme to include:

  • An annual report on the state of young people's mental health services in England.
  • An assessment of the relationship between mental health and special educational needs provision.
  • Analysis of the extent to which vulnerable groups of learners are excluded from mainstream schooling and/or a broad and balanced education, and how this comes about.

The post will report to Jo Hutchinson, Director for Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners.

School funding

The overall level and distribution of funding is one of the most significant issues facing schools in England and was a prominent feature in the 2017 General Election. The Education Policy Institute has established itself as a leading commentator in this area with its analysis of the proposed National Funding Formula for schools and the inflationary pressures that schools are facing.

We now wish to develop our work programme to include:

  • A detailed programme of work on school efficiency
  • An annual report on the state of school finances in England
  • An assessment of whether funding is being targeted appropriately to different phases of education and different groups of pupils.

This post will report to Jon Andrews, Director for School System and Performance and Deputy Head of Research.

The candidate

Candidates should have a numerate undergraduate degree as well as practical experience of policy analysis and research, ideally in the education sector.

Mental health, well-being and inclusion: A mix of quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, including experience of analysing data from longitudinal cohort studies using statistical software.

School funding: Strong quantitative analytical skills; experience using database and statistical software, e.g. SPSS / STATA / R / SEQUEL / SAS etc. is essential.

Both positions: Excellent written and spoken communication skills and experience of using Microsoft packages including Word and Excel are essential. Knowledge of education policy and evidence will be a strong advantage. As well as strong analytical skills, the candidate will be able to use evidence to develop a picture of what better policy would look like.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to research, write and present clearly argued analyses in fluent English within tight deadlines. The post holder will be responsible for producing accessible and engaging reports, delivering presentations to help communicate our work, and collaborating with funders and partner organisations to increase the reach and impact of the work programme.

Application process

To apply, please send a covering letter (no more than a side of A4) and CV by email via the button below by 8 September 2017.

Please specify in the title of the email which post you are applying for. Candidates may apply for one or both posts with a single application; please specify in your covering letter if you are applying for one post in particular. We aim to hold interviews in the week commencing 18 September 2017.

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