Head of Department Learning Support

Glenalmond CollegePerth and Kinross

Head of Department Learning Support

The Position

This position represents an excellent opportunity for a well-qualified individual to lead the delivery of Learning Support within the College. Glenalmond College seeks to appoint a suitably qualified Head of Learning Support from the Trinity Term 2021 [Monday 19th April]. The position is full-time and will suit an experienced, qualified teacher who wants to lead a very successful department. The candidate will oversee the Learning Support team to ensure that appropriate help and provision are given to individual pupils to help them achieve their academic potential and be successful. All staff at Glenalmond are expected to contribute fully to the extra -curricular and boarding life of this busy and successful school. Glenalmond College is committed to promoting the safeguarding of children and expects all its employees to share this commitment.

Any job offer will be made subject to satisfactory checks with previous employers, including a PVG check with Disclosure Scotland. Glenalmond College is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.


Founded in 1847 as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Glenalmond’s original purpose was to combine ‘General Education with Domestic Discipline and Systematic Religious Instruction’; from the very beginning, the College was destined to be a community in which the serious business of study was taken seriously and in which both pupil and teacher would live alongside one another.

Glenalmond is set in the stunning Perthshire countryside and enjoys magnificent grounds of over 300 acres in an unrivalled setting at the edge of the Highlands, offering the peace and beauty of the natural environment with all the excitement that a vibrant community of learning offers.

Since 1990, Glenalmond has been a fully co-educational boarding and day school, and now educates over 360 pupils aged 12-18, divided equally between girls and boys, and of whom over three quarters are full boarders and the remaining day pupils. While Chapel remains a central feature of daily life, the College is a modern, open, and diverse community, and welcomes pupils of all faiths and none. Pupils follow GCSE and A-level curricula, although some opt for Highers, and the Sixth Form is the ultimate and exciting final stage to a Glenalmond education which sees all progress to university or their chosen next destination.


The Head of Learning Support currently manages a team of three members of staff, including a full-time teacher and two learning support assistants. There is a strong emphasis on teamwork, mutual support, and the sharing of teaching and learning opportunities.

Specific Duties

  • to develop and oversee the implementation of the College SEND strategy and policy;
  • to oversee and administer cognitive assessments for all pupils, to identify needs and monitor progress;
  • to oversee the production of all individual pupil learning plans;
  • to maintain an accurate and up-to-date database of pupils with SEND;
  • to liaise with the Examinations’ Officer and Heads of Department in relation to access arrangements for internal and external examinations;
  • to make referrals and to liaise with professionals outside the College to support individual pupils’ SEND needs;
  • to prepare advice, guidance, and training to teachers on how to support pupils with SEND;
  • to maintain an up-to-date working knowledge of JCQ examination regulations;
  • to maintain familiarity with the Centre Administration Portal as part of the JCQ Access Arrangements Online;
  • To monitor the quality of departmental teaching and learning;
  • To be responsible for the departmental handbook;
  • To promote the subject within and outside the College;
  • To monitor pupil performance and achievement;
  • To develop and lead departmental and College strategies to support progression for pupils with SEND;
  • To liaise with the Warden and Sub-Wardens regarding the selection and appointment of departmental staff;
  • To be responsible for routine departmental administration;
  • To perform any other reasonable duties as directed by the Warden or Sub-Wardens.


Essential & Desirable Criteria (full list in contained in job description)


  • Strong Academic background
  • Degree from recognised university in relevant subject
  • Be familiar with working the Central Administration Portal as part of the JCQ Access Arrangements Online
  • Have full knowledge of the ‘normal way of working’ practices within a centre
  • Have up-to-date experience of administering and interpreting a wide range of psychometric testing [including those used for screening].
  • Excellent and effective classroom management skills
  • Able to analyse data effectively.


  • Relevant teaching qualification 
  • A PAPAA [or equivalent Level 7 qualification]
  • A Full up to date working knowledge of JCQ examination regulation
  • Have up-to-date knowledge of current SpLD theory and practice
  • Confident use of technology in the classroom
  • Ability to manage change and improvement
  • Managing budgets
  • High level of IT skills.


This is a full time post. The College has its own pay scale and accommodation may be available as part of the role. We can offer you a competitive salary, complimentary refreshments during hours of work, a good working environment as part of a close-knit team, and the possibility of opportunities for the role to grow and develop.

Fee concessions are available for staff children who attend Glenalmond and there are various reciprocal arrangements with local Prep schools.

Applications for the post

All applications are to be submitted on the College’s application form for Teaching Staff; this is obtainable from the College website: www.glenalmondcollege.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies.  Please complete this form and submit this together with a covering letter detailing your reasons for applying for the post and your suitability for the position.

Please return completed application forms electronically to the HR Manager, Mrs Barbara Clark: barbaraclark@glenalmondcollege.co.uk

The deadline for all applications is Friday 15 January 2021 please feel free to submit your application as soon as possible.

Interviews are planned take place in week commencing Monday 18 January 2021, although we reserve the right to interview and appoint at any time in the recruitment process.

The interview process will include the teaching of a lesson, the opportunity to meet departmental colleagues, as well as visit the College. Further details and a schedule will be provided in advance of the interview.

In the event that an in-person interview is not possible owing to COVID restrictions, an amended process will take place using an on-line video conferencing platform.

Final arrangements will be confirmed in light of the latest guidelines after shortlisting has taken place, and details and a schedule will be provided in advance of the interview. 

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