New Schools Network (NSN) is a dynamic, growing charity that aims to improve the quality of education – particularly for the most deprived – by increasing the number of good free schools within the state sector. By offering advice, guidance and support, the charity has been instrumental in helping hundreds of groups of parents, teachers, charities and schools to establish new schools. Over the last two years, NSN has expanded its activities to supporting the 700+ free schools that are open or have been approved to open.

NSN is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Policy and Press Manager to coordinate the charity’s media and policy work. This is an exciting and fast-paced position where you will play a key role in raising the profile of the organisation in the media, and across the education sector more broadly.

This role will be based in our London office, but may require travel across England from time to time.

Key responsibilities

  • Monitoring the education policy landscape and making the case for free schools within this.
  • Support the development and implementation of strategies to drive policy for the organisation.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with stakeholders including civil servants, CEOs of academy trusts, and journalists.
  • Point of contact for journalist enquiries.
  • Drafting speeches and conducting desk based research to support them.
  • Media monitoring and sharing free school news, including regularly updating key-stakeholders.
  • Seeking out media opportunities for the charity.
  • Produce press releases and other PR materials, as well as additional copy as required.

Skills and experience

  • Excellent organisation and time-management skills.
  • A strong academic record.
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Working autonomously in a PR, press, media or public affairs related role.
  • Strong knowledge of the Westminster and Whitehall policy landscape and support for the free schools policy.
  • Building positive relationships with journalists, media outlets, securing high impact and newsworthy coverage.


£26,000-£28,000, dependent on experience


Include cycle to work scheme, interest free travel loan, generous annual leave allowance, additional pension contribution, governance/study leave allowance and flexible working hours.




Full time

How to apply

To apply for this role, please e-mail with your CV and a covering letter, explaining why you are the right person for this job. Please also include details of your current salary and notice period.

Closing date

5pm, 25th March 2019 Please note: NSN may interview for this position and appoint before the deadline. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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