Schools Week & FE Week, Senior Reporter
Are you a determined journalist with a track-record of delivering agenda-setting investigative journalism? Do you want to work on two of England’s fastest-growing trade titles and carry out real investigations that change the lives of people across the country?
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 receives 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 continues 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 outlets. 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 school community knowledgeable.
We are apolitical: giving an equally tough time to all parties and ideas.
The newspapers are published Lsect Ltd, which are also the custodians of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference and prestigious Festival of Education.
Who do we need?
The ideal candidate will be an experienced reporter who has a passion for investigative journalism and an impressive portfolio of hard-hitting exclusives.
You will also have a nose for finding your own scoops – be it by asking the tough questions, cultivating great contacts, or trawling through documents to find the details others miss.
This role would particularly suit an experienced local newspaper reporter or someone covering general news for the nationals who wants to specialise and become an expert in their field.
You’ll also be able to demonstrate an ability to engage with readers, and source and promote stories via social media. Experience of turning complex data into stories would also be welcome.
You will have an NCTJ or equivalent qualification, including shorthand and an understanding of media law.
Prior experience covering education would be an advantage, but is in no way essential because we expect our reporters to learn and grow on the job. Our only deal-breaker is that you must have two years’ work experience as a journalist for a local or national paper or website.
You want to apply? Excellent. Here’s how…
We have a no-CV policy. 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 schoolsweek.co.uk & feweek.co.uk.
An example of our weekly newspapers are available via the following links
Schools Week Edition 181 | FE Week Edition 285.
The closing date is advertised as 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.