Associate Principal - National Learning Support, National

Closing date:

Focus Learning TrustNational

Date posted:
Start date: ASAP
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Can be based at any of our 25 Focus school campuses nationally 

Following a restructure, the Associate Principal National Learning Support role has been created to ensure the inclusion of all students, and to support the development of self-directed learning, pedagogy and learning support across the UK for students with SEND and those gifted and talented. This is a pivotal system leadership role for the organisation, as the post holder will be responsible for ensuring equality of opportunity for all learners in OneSchool UK from Year 3 to Year 13. You will be based at any of our campuses nationally, and willing to travel to our Head Office in Warwick and to other campuses when required.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work as part of our National Principal Team, in developing and implementing an innovative and self-directed curriculum across the UK for students with SEND. As an experienced system leader, you will work collaboratively with school leaders, teachers and support staff in implementing standardised procedures for the support of students with SEND across the UK, whilst also identifying and leading on appropriate Professional Development Opportunities for staff and trustees. You will directly lead our high performing team of Regional Learning Support Leads to enable your strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To support the development of self-directed learning pedagogy and associated technologies, specifically aimed at students with learning support needs across our system.
  • To ensure an innovative, self-directed, curriculum is planned, implemented and reviewed, for students who have SEND and those gifted and talented
  • To be a leading self-directed learning practitioner, based at a campus to teach for approximately 6 lessons per fortnight
  • Effective collaboration with the Regional and Associate Principals to continually develop the digital learning environment for students with SEND
  • To actively work with the Regional Principal and Associate Principal team to strategically lead on interaction between school and home
  • To develop national standardised procedures for identification, intervention, tracking and review for students with SEND, including those with an EHCP or in the process of applying.
  • Proactively work on the development of leaders, teachers’ and students’ skills through campus visits, observation and feedback to leaders, teachers and students
  • To successfully identify where additional support or training is required
  • To develop and lead trustee training and frequent updates for the Learning Support Trustees at each campus 

You will:

  • Possess strong communication skills with the ability to effectively build, manage and maintain stakeholder relationships across our system of 23 schools
  • Fully understand UK legislation linked to SEND, and be experienced in liaison with Local Authorities
  • Have experience of designing curriculum for pupils with a range of SEND needs
  • Have a proven and demonstrable record of highly successful classroom-based practice, particularly for students with SEND and those gifted and talented
  • Have a good grasp of technology and its use in education
  • Be able to plan ahead with a structured approach
  • Have an approach to student progress that ensures each and every one is supported to fulfill their true potential
  • Be a real team player with a pro-active and positive approach to teaching

We offer:

  • An excellent working environment with good resources
  • Supportive Trustees who are committed to school improvement, who will work with you to achieve your goals
  • Dedicated and talented staff who are keen to build on our high standards
  • Students who are enthusiastic and highly motivated with a love of learning 
  • The opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of our students
  • The opportunity to enhance your educational experience with support for continued professional development
  • A competitive salary 
  • Professional support from Focus Learning Trust, equivalent to 100 hours per academic year

Please visit our website for more information about Focus Schools; or follow us on LinkedIn

We welcome visits to any of our Campuses prior to application. For a pre-application discussion or to arrange a visit, please telephone 0330 055 5600 or email  for an application pack.

Closing Date for applications: Friday 23rd November 2018

Interviews will take place: Week commencing 26th November 2018

All of our Focus Schools are committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.

We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across the school. This is in line with statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and The Education Act 2002, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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More about Focus Learning Trust
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: Exchange Place, Poseidon Way, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6BY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 330 055 5600
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