Turning education and skills policy into practice

Working with AlphaPlus

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AlphaPlus is one of the UK’s leading educational consultancies. The company can draw upon a team of over 60 associates, each of whom brings many years' experience in education, covering schools and post-compulsory education, as well as experience in many of the supporting agencies and government departments. We believe that the quality of personnel we offer is exceptional, and that the strength of our associate team is central to the success of AlphaPlus.

AlphaPlus associates hold a framework contract via their employer or as a self-employed individual and then receive an engagement schedule for each project they join us on. We undertake DBS checks on all staff and associates. As well as maintaining project contacts, we send regular newsletters to all associates and welcome updates on their new skills and experience.

We are always interested in speaking to prospective new associates in all areas of educational practice. We engage associates on a project-by-project basis, selecting each member of the project team (led by an AlphaPlus director) against the requirements of the project, using our knowledge of each associate’s expertise and experience. We strive to maintain excellent relationships with our associates, and we believe this is reflected in the quality of work which our associates repeatedly produce. Many of our associates have been working with AlphaPlus since the inception of the company.

If you are interested in becoming an AlphaPlus associate, actively contributing your expertise to some of the leading educational projects in the UK and worldwide, please send a CV and covering letter to Tom Hooley, email We look forward to talking with you.

Chair of the Board

Part-time (up to a maximum of 60 days pa)

Rate of pay:  £500 per day

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 3 October 2018 at noon

AlphaPlus is seeking to appoint a part-time non-executive Chair of the Board. The individual we are seeking will have experience at a senior level in both education and the commercial world, ideally but not necessarily with knowledge of educational assessment.

The Chair will provide inspiration, leadership and direction to the Board in determining company strategy and monitoring the achievement of the organisation's objectives.

Eligible applicants will have: 

  • comprehensive experience of operating successfully in a senior strategic leadership role with a substantial track record of high achievement throughout their career, securing partnerships and business opportunities, and delivering company strategy;
  • several years' experience at a senior level in the education management sector with a thorough understanding of the sector;
  • experience of external representation, delivering presentations and management of a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • significant experience of chairing meetings and events at a senior level;
  • strong commercial and customer service awareness and experience in the sector. 

They will be commercially aware, able to create opportunities and participate in activities to generate new business. The role may occasionally involve some national travel, with the possibility of international travel.  

Informal enquiries are welcome.  To arrange an informal discussion please contact Tom Hooley,, telephone                0161 249 9249. 

The job description and person specification can be found here and application form here.

To apply, please send the completed application form together with a CV and covering statement to

Equal Opportunities

AlphaPlus  is committed to providing equal opportunities to all and has an inclusive approach to recruitment, selection and employment.  Demographic details requested as part of our monitoring process are not used in our selection criteria.  Applicants are requested to download and complete the equal opportunities monitoring form and return it  encrypted to or by post marked Confidential  to AlphaPlus, Albert Mill, 10 Hulme Hall Road, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4JY.

Recruitment privacy notice

What information is requested and why

AlphaPlus is a Data Controller under data protection legislation. Our privacy policy is located on our website,  This privacy notice is about our recruitment process and should be read in conjunction with the privacy policy.  We collect and process personal data relevant to the process when you enquire about or apply for a job to enable us to process your application.  By providing AlphaPlus with the related information you give your consent to processing those personal data provided during the recruitment process and for keeping records of that process. 

AlphaPlus also gathers information to enable the monitoring of equal opportunities in recruitment.  This information is provided voluntarily and stored separately.  It is anonymised upon receipt and is not seen by personnel involved in the recruitment process.  We request information about whether or not you have a disability so that we are able to make reasonable adjustments for any assessment/interview.  We request information about criminal convictions and offences to carry out our obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment legislation.  We collect the following information about you in order to carry out our recruitment process:

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history
  • information about your current or last employer and salary
  • information about your entitlement to work in the UK
  • information about any professional memberships
  • information about any languages
  • information about referees, including name, contact details and relationship to you
  • information proving your identity (passport and other identity documentation)
  • information about any particular access arrangements you might require for example to attend interview.

We collect these data via email communications, the application form, CV and covering statement.  If your application is successful we will also collect personal data about you from your referees and from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  We will inform you when we are doing this.  Information is also collected at interview and through other forms of assessment, including tests. 

Storage and sharing of your data

Your personal data will be stored in our secure online system (see our privacy policy for full details).  Sharing of your data will be restricted to the recruiting team, comprising the interview and assessment panel, the administrative support team and directors or managers with responsibilities in the related area of work.  We will not share your data with any third parties unless your application is successful.  At that stage we will contact your referees to obtain references and the Disclosure and Barring Service to complete a criminal records check.  Your data will not be shared with any other third parties unless we have a legal obligation to do so.

If your application is unsuccessful or you withdraw your application, we will keep your data for 6 months after the conclusion of the recruitment process.  Immediately after that point your data will be deleted.  If your application is successful, the relevant personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained for the periods specified in the employee privacy notice.

We may store information about you in a cookie or log your IP address when you visit our site.  Please see the privacy policy for full details.

Your rights

You can obtain a copy of your data on request, require it to be amended, updated, deleted, or object to the processing of your data, free of any charge.  You are not under any statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to us.  We request information required for the effective processing of your application only and if the information is not provided, AlphaPlus may not be able to process your application.  You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO),

Contact information

To contact AlphaPlus regarding data privacy, please email or write to us at

AlphaPlus Unit 109 Albert Mill, 10 Hulme Hall Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M15 4JY.








Gavin Reynaud, Director

0161 238 4928