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Current vacancies

​In this section you will find details of current vacancies within Education Scotland.

If you are interested in applying for any of the vacancies, please follow the instructions in the advert. General recruitment enquiries should be sent to

Role: Inward Secondment - Attainment Advisor
Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 5th March 2017.

Attainment Advisors - Supporting the Scottish Attainment Challenge

Do you want to help to lead the breakthrough for children living in poverty in Scotland?

Do you want to play a key role in achieving the Government’s defining mission to close the poverty-related attainment gap ?

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is the top priority in Scottish education. We need dynamic educationalists to join our national team to achieve a breakthrough for the children in Scotland who live in poverty. We want to work together with schools, local authorities and partners to interrupt the cycle of deprivation and the impact it has on children’s progress, attainment and life chances. The scale of the Scottish Attainment Challenge is rapidly increasing, with the recent launch of the £120 million Pupil Equity Fund. This takes the total additional funding available for this programme to £750 million across this Parliamentary term.

To help us drive this ambition forward we have a team of Attainment Advisors who work collaboratively alongside local authority staff and will be based in a locality to support and challenge progress in schools. This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated senior leaders, with a proven track record in leading improvement in education, to become part of this dynamic team who are helping to lead the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

We are offering these positions as secondments on a full-time basis for 23 months.

You will need to establish and maintain strong working relationships with national colleagues, senior local authority staff, quality improvement officers, school leaders, teachers and partner agencies. You will support schools and practitioners to make best use of information, research and data. You will need to support, influence and, when appropriate, challenge leaders efforts to reduce the gap. You will be required to share knowledge and learning on key interventions through various networks and have a willingness to collaborate using digital channels. This will help inform our national work to promote and spread good practice across Scotland.

Education Scotland is Scotland’s national improvement agency for education. Our role is to promote innovation and change in the education system, from the early years to adult learning and we are committed to embedding our values of excellence, creativity, integrity and respect in everything we do.

Please contact Graeme Logan on 0131 244 4313 if you have any questions regarding the position.

For further information and to download an application form, please visit our website at vacancies

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 5th March 2017

Applications should be returned electronically to:


Word file: Internal secondment application form (890 KB)

Word file: Role description - Attainment Advisor (89 KB)

Word file: Job application guidance notes (40 KB)

Word file: Diversity Monitoring Form (1000 KB)


Related links

Work for Scotland - The Scottish Government recruitment website.

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