Schools Week & FE Week, Commissioning Editor

Lsect Ltd
£32,000 - £38,000 D.O.E
27 Jun 2019
19 Jul 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Who do we need?

We already have business savvy, reporting chops, deep community knowledge and graphic designers who could improve the Sistine Chapel.

What we need now is a Commissioning Editor who loves words. Loves them. And combines that passion with the organisational skills of a military commander and an intense joy of social media and working with our community.

Words. Organisation. Social media.

Sound like you? Read on.

What will you do?

You will be responsible for the opinion and features sections for both newspapers.

Working with the editors you will ensure that we provide readers with informed, relevant and easily accessible articles from a diverse range of sector experts. You will also commission and/or write a regular feature, this could be in the form of a profile interview or an in-depth dive into a particular subject matter.

Along with the sub-editor and editor, you will package feature and opinion content: creating perfect headlines, re-writing, style-checking. Making an opinion piece or feature sing by changing a hyphen to a comma. You will also be responsible for bringing your pages together, so will need a love of deadlines, following-up and making everything just so.

Finally, we need someone excited about social media and SEO. A part of your role will be working with designers and reporters as a team to push out stories in different ways.

There is lots of scope for doing better here so the more excited you are by this part of the job, the better!

What do you get in return?

  1. The pay will reflect the importance of the role
  2. A committed team, totally serious about what we do
  3. Super smart readers, who really care about the product
  4. Feedback. We are passionate about education because we are passionate about learning. That goes for staff, too. You will become a better journalist with us, and we want you to take an active lead in helping others become a better journalist too
  5. A spot in a growing, evolving, successful, innovative newsroom.

Who are we?

Schools Week and FE Week are leading newspapers covering the education sector in England.

Schools Week is a digital newspaper covering the schools sector, with a focus on investigative journalism. Launched in September 2014, the newspaper is well respected by schools leaders and teachers with an increasing readership. On average the newspaper and website receive over 525,000 hits per month, up 30% on the previous 12 months.

FE Week is a print newspaper covering the further education and skills sector, with a focus on investigative journalism. Launched in September 2011, the newspaper rapidly became the leading newspaper for the sector.

After eight years the newspaper and website continue to see healthy audience growth reaching an average of 375,000 hits per month, up 17% on the previous 12 months.

Both newspapers are trusted news outlets for fellow news providers. Our stories regularly make national news, featuring on Radio 4 Today, BBC TV and radio, and across all major national newspapers – including the front pages.

Our founders, Shane Mann and Nick Linford, are the only shareholders in the company. So there are no loans to pay back. No distant investors to keep happy. The editorial team can simply concentrate on writing quality news that keeps the education community knowledgeable.

We are apolitical: giving an equally tough time to all parties and ideas.

The newspapers are published by Lsect Ltd, which are also the custodians of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference and prestigious Festival of Education.

You want to apply? Excellent. Here’s how…

We have a no-CV policy for this role. Clearly, we think education providers are important. But only because you learn in them. What you know and can do for our company is more important than where you learned it (or when).

So don’t send a CV. Instead write a letter (attaching the document to the mandatory 'Upload your CV' field on the application form below) to the Editors which includes:

  • What you do currently
  • What evidence suggests you’d be good at this job (the more links you can send showing us this, the better)
  • Why you think Schools Week and FE Week would be a good fit for you
  • 3 people we can call for references

If the letter piques our interest, we’ll follow-up with an initial phone call and go from there.

Want to know more before applying?

Good! We like curiosity.

If you’d like to speak to any of our team you will find us all on Twitter.

Our websites are &

An example of our weekly newspapers are available via the following links:

Schools Week Edition 181 | FE Week Edition 285
Schools Week Edition 182 | FE Week Edition 286

For this role we are open to discussing the possibility of reduced hours, job share, remote working, flexible start and finish times, or compressed hours.

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what’s possible for the role. At the point of application, it would be useful to understand if you would be interested in a job share arrangement.

The closing date is advertised is 19 July however we will review applications once they are received and may appoint before the period closes. Successful applicants will be able to commence the role from 1 August onwards.

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