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Pearson Head of Policy and Stakeholder Management (Schools) in Oxford, United Kingdom

Role Location: This is a hybrid role with a minimum of two days a week in either our Oxford or London Pearson UK offices, as required dependent on business needs.

Job Purpose

As Head of Policy and Stakeholder Management for Schools, you will be responsible for leading our UK policy strategy and stakeholder engagement strategy to ensure that we have deep understanding and insight into the changing policy landscape, a clear internal position and set of strategic priorities, and the network and relationships to influence effectively – in order to achieve our educational and business objectives.

You will sit on the Product leadership team and will work closely with broader teams including Schools and Workforce Skills teams, Corporate Communications and Government Relations.


1. Lead policy and funding analysis to ensure potential impacts on the business are understood, communicated, and acted on

  • Monitor relevant policy and funding developments including on performance tables, to identify potential opportunities and challenges.

  • Lead internal and external analysis on relevant policy and funding developments and make recommendations for action.

  • Keep the broader business and teams informed of relevant policy and provide insight on implications, opportunities and risks.

  • Build strong collaboration model and ways of working with all relevant teams to ensure good engagement in and understanding of policy and cohesive ways of working.

  • Work closely with Workforce Skills counterparts to share insight and to ensure an aligned approach across policy work, consultation responses and stakeholder engagement.

  • Scan for tenders and consultations and flag to internal teams.

  • Work across the business to support excellent customer service and respond to internal and external customer queries in a timely and effective manner.

2. Articulate and embed a clear internal policy strategy and position to connect with and deliver on organisational strategy

  • Create a clear position and set of strategic priorities related to policy in line with the Schools goals and priorities, working closely with Schools leadership team.

  • Ensure clear alignment with position and strategic priorities for Workforce Skills (Vocational) area and that Pearson’s overall policy position is coherent and learner centered.

  • Create approach and messaging for communicating priorities clearly and consistently and embedding in everything we do.

  • Work with all teams internally, including Corporate Comms, Government Relations and Marketing, to ensure internal and external messaging and position are clear and consistent with our policy strategic priorities.

  • Feed policy strategy and insights into Schools strategic planning processes.

3. Establish and lead stakeholder engagement strategy

  • Identify key policy stakeholders and establish/maintain a robust stakeholder mapping and plan.

  • Develop and implement structured approach for stakeholder engagement, including establishing and leading key Pearson groups and contributing to and representing Pearson within key external groups.

  • Deliver high-level briefings and stakeholder meeting preparation for leadership teams..

  • Work with key stakeholders and groups to maintain an ongoing view of the changing policy landscape and to establish effective collaborations and strategic relationships.

  • Directly own relationships with priority stakeholders in terms of policy and influencing activity

  • Work closely with Government Relations to engage with DfE and Ofqual on policy strategy to build our relationship and impact.

4. Lead on key activities to promote Pearson as a thought leader, and ensure these activities align with priorities and business objectives

  • Draft policy papers for internal and external use.

  • Represent Pearson on key groups.

  • Lead on thought leadership activities that promote Pearson as a critical friend in the development of education policy.

  • Present at key forums, events and conferences.

  • Lead key consultation responses and provide input to ensure responses are timely and influential.

5. Leadership

  • Embed and support a culture and practice of innovation and commercial success within the team and department.

  • Embed a culture of collaboration within the Product team and with other key stakeholders and departments in UK schools and beyond, including Workforce Skills, Corporate Comms and Government Relations, Assessment, Regulation and Standards.

  • Work in matrix structure – work effectively across teams, functions and the business.

  • Lead cross-Schools initiatives - including lead point-person with stakeholders on key areas and initiatives.

  • Embed and support a culture and practice of innovation and commercial success within the team and department.

  • Embed a culture of collaboration within the Product team and with other key stakeholders across the business.

  • Play a key role in the leadership team for Schools Product, including contributing to the continual improvement of how we do things, both as a department, and as a wider business.



  • Strong understanding and experience of the UK education policy landscape - with particular focus on schools.

  • Experience of building a strong network with stakeholders across the schools education policy space.

  • Strong policy and strategy development.

  • Experience working in a highly regulated environment.

  • Knowledge and experience of the UK schools environment.

  • Strong understanding of Academic Assessment principles and techniques.

  • Understanding of Academic qualifications and publishing, e.g. the market, customers, learners, assessment, technology.

  • Experience working with internal and external stakeholders, including forming effective senior stakeholder groups.

  • Demonstrable experience influencing key stakeholders (DfE, Ofqual and subject stakeholders).

  • Experience of working with cross-functional teams to achieve business objectives, and fostering effective collaborative working.

  • Leading and managing projects to achieve business goals.

  • Working in a complex matrix structure.

  • Managing budgets.

  • Planning and managing large-scale projects.


  • Project management experience


  • Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills.

  • Strategic thinking and leadership skills.

  • Strong analytical skills – balancing attention to detail with ability to extract, interpret and communicate key information and simply.

  • Ability to work collaboratively..

  • Ability to motivate, lead, influence and empower others

  • Project management and process skills.

  • Customer empathy.

  • Can-do attitude.

  • Creative thinking.

  • Ability to deliver.

Your Reward & Benefits

We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so our workplace programmes meet the different needs of our diverse teams and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join our Pearson family you can look forward to:

  • A starting holiday of 25 days plus UK public holidays and you’ll earn 1 additional day’s holiday per year you work with us.

  • Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.

  • Stock/share purchase options.

  • Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family, and personal life.

  • Cycle to work program, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

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Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 4896