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Impington Village College

Data Manager

Required as soon as possible  
SO2 Point 32 to 34 £29,636 to £31,371 (£27,660 - £29,280 approx for TTO+3 weeks)
£3,000 recruitment and retention allowance payable depending on skills and experience
Term time only + 3 weeks (5 training days and two weeks which must be in August after exam results)
Flexible working arrangements will be considered

This is a rare opportunity to join a high performing College, and one where innovative use of assessment data sits at the heart of raising student outcomes. Impington Village College, part of the Morris Education Trust, was recently awarded ‘Transforming’ status for systems as part of the SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education, recognising the impact that data has on student progress and teaching and learning.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to lead and continue to develop the provision and use of assessment data across the whole College and manage the School Information Management System (SIMS). The successful candidate will lead the creation, maintenance, distribution and analysis of complex strategic and operational data to support leaders and teaching staff to raise standards and performance across the College.  You will play a key role in supporting staff to develop data handling skills that translate analysis into classroom impact on achievement and progress. You will work closely with the Vice Principal to continue to refine and develop approaches to the use of data, ensuring that IVC remains at the cutting edge of educational data analysis and reporting.  Additionally you will be responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory returns, student transfer information and collection of data for outside agencies. 

You will have excellent numerical, analytical and problem solving skills.  A high degree of accuracy is essential together with outstanding organisational skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure. You will also have a strong working knowledge of a range of ICT software including Microsoft Office, SIMS and in particular Excel. A knowledge of SISRA, and secondary accountability measures would be an advantage, but you will be supported to develop any gaps in your knowledge through a bespoke CPD programme.

Whilst this role is open to all potential applicants, it would be a good opportunity for an existing Data Manager to broaden their experience working in a large secondary academy with over 1300 students, which includes International Baccalaureate Programmes in the sixth form, and managing a small team. 

Our College is committed to Equal Opportunities and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is subject to a DBS check.

In return IVC and the Morris Education Trust (MET) can offer you:

  • a competitive salary including a recruitment and retention allowance for the right candidate
  • the chance to work in an environment where data is highly valued and with a high degree of autonomy
  • excellent career pathway opportunities with a culture of looking to promote from within, including responsibility across the Trust
  • access to the opportunities created by our newly established Morris Teaching School Alliance, where IVC is the Lead School, and through our other Teaching School connections
  • support to undertake further bespoke professional development
  • support in an organisation where wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and which has led to the introduction of a successful wellbeing directory to improve wellbeing and work-life balance
  • flexible working arrangements
  • a recruitment and retention sum for a candidate with suitable skills and experience
  • subsidised access to the MET’s sports centre leisure facilities available for use before, during and after the school day

Candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the College and meet the current Data Manager to learn more about the role and the use of data across the College and Trust.

Closing Date:  9am Monday 3 June 2019

Interviews: Wednesday 5 June 2019

Applicants must complete a College application form - we cannot accept CVs.  Applications to be sent to Valerie Hastings at

Job Description 

Post Title:

Data Manager

Post Purpose:

Creating a data led environment and ethos enabling data to sit at the centre of all Teaching & Learning and support across the whole College

Reporting to:

Vice Principal

Responsible for:

Managing the College Assessment, reporting and tracking data, overseeing whole college data systems, providing training and support to staff to ensure best use of data. Strategic lead in ensuring best use of data to enhance teaching and learning


Impington Village College is part of the Morris Education Trust.  The normal place of work will be based at Impington Sports Centre but there may be a need to travel to other sites within the Trust

Working Time:

37 hours per week, TTO + Training days + 2 weeks. This will be during the 2nd and 3rd week of August to assist with exams results and analysis and preparation for the new academic year



Disclosure Level:

Enhanced DBS

Operational/Strategic Planning

  • Plan and lead the delivery of the college objective to improve the quality of data systems, and information management so that more effective and consistent use is made of prior attainment, target setting, assessment and tracking to ensure all students make better progress
  • Lead the strategic direction of the college in its use of data for assessment and reporting purposes through regular meetings with the Vice Principal
  • Plan and provide training for all staff ensuring effective use of assessment data is available as standard for all teaching staff.
  • Ensure teaching staff are able to obtain individual or group data showing target, actual and forecast performance through co-ordination of data collection processes and subsequent direction on how to access it.
  • Ensure data is collected as required to ensure time critical events are completed on time, particularly reporting home with up to date information for students and parents
  • Assess required data usage for staff as part of the college Sims working group and ensure relevant collection methods are subsequently developed and applied
  • Assist with the preparation and despatch of parents’ data/information/reports by ensuring safe, complete and accurate data is held in the college data base and subsequently reported

Operational Implementation

  • Take the role of lead specialist operator for Sims Assessment Manager ensuring that college use is maximised through efficient data collection and application
  • Co-ordinate the production of reports home to parents through use of SIMs, from inception to producing the finished report for
  • Ensure the college data system is managed in accordance with recommended guidance for end of year and ensure all required data and student and class timetables are within the Sims system ready for use at the start of the new academic year
  • Manage the completion of the college census including the sixth form, ensuring full and accurate data is entered and validated, hence ensuring correct financial funding is claimed on behalf of the college
  • Arrange for the production and delivery to students and staff of individual timetables and class lists
  • In agreement with the Vice Principal decide upon the format/content and then provide tracking and monitoring templates to staff as required
  • Provide visual/graphical assessment data for teachers in tandem with the tracking and reporting timescale to assist in their targeted interventions with individual students
  • Manage the collection of data for outside agencies as required e.g. One Vision team, DFE, central secure reporting as required by the LA or central government
  • Monitor the data published to parents through the occasional sampling to identify potential erroneous data and action
  • Creation of mark sheets in Assessment Manager for exam entries, CAP forms and report writing, internal predictions and forecasting
  • Assist the faculty leaders with creation of new academic year sets by providing and importing into Sims templates
  • Represent the college at LA Data/ICT meetings where relevant ensuring that up to date changes and impact are reported back and actioned where necessary
  • Act as Administrator for data related usage in college including the administration of SISRA

Staffing/Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervision of Data Assistant

Quality Assurance

  • Regular sampling of SIMs and other data software to ensure anomalies are identified and corrected.
  • Review the number of errors in relation to data led activities such as the census and report to line manager the actions required to reduce or eradicate
  • Test and implement processes to ensure secure transfer of data using only recommended web addresses as per DFE/LA guidance
  • Manage Data Resources and information proactively to ensure best value, eradicating paper communication where possible

Management Information

  • Regular analysis of tracking data to the Vice Principal and other senior and middle leaders
  • Ad-hoc analysis and /or reports upon request to leaders within the college
  • Production of reports of headline performance per faculty and whole college for use at governor or internal meetings as required
  • Ensure high security of sensitive data (electronic or otherwise)
  • Manage Data Resources and information proactively to ensure best value, eradicating paper communication where possible

Trust Ethos

  • To play a full part in the life of the Trust community, to support its distinctive mission and ethos
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of, support and ensure equal opportunities for all
  • To participate in the Trust’s appraisal scheme


  • To be aware of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and to report any concerns in accordance with the College’s Safeguarding/Child Protection policies
  • To undertake regular safeguarding/child protection/prevent training, adult protection training as required by the College

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

Person specification 

Before completing your application  please read the Person Specification and Job Description. In supporting your statement you should demonstrate how your qualificiations, skills and experience match the requirements for the post. 




Qualifications and Experience:



Minimum of C in GCSE English & Maths


Honours degree or equivalent


Knowledge and Understanding:



Knowledge and understanding of the data requirements of schools


Ability to interpret or analyse data and information or situatons in order to make a decision or recommendation


Knowledge of a variety of ICT applications including Excel


Experience of data input and manipulation


Knowledge of SIMS  or other Management Information Systems


Knowledge of SISRA or similar data analysis platform


Knowledge of secondary accountability measures, including Progress8


Skills and Abililites:



Excellent organisational and time management skills


Ability to plan and implement systems to maximum use


Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Ability to produce written reports suitable for a variety of audiences


Willingness to learn new approaches and commitment to own personal development


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children:



Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children

Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours

Date: May 2019