Head of Education

Farney Close SchoolWest Sussex

We are seeking a talented and committed person to manage an experienced team of Teachers within a mixed setting of a 5-day residential special school. You will be overseeing the curriculum for Key Stages 2, 3 & 4. 

The young people who attend our school have encountered significant difficulties within mainstream education and are in receipt of an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) for a range of complex needs, including Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), challenging behaviours, Moderate Learning Difficulties, and Attachment-based needs as well as young people who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Situated on the A272 and the A23 intersection at Bolney, West Sussex, the school has an established and very successful reputation, achieving numerous outstanding and good Ofsted inspection judgements for educational and care provisions over the last decade. After a difficult period, the school is now moving forward at pace and is looking for the right person to join us on our journey back to Outstanding.

The Head of Education will have responsibility for overseeing teaching and learning, ensuring that all young people make at least good progress through exciting, engaging and challenging teaching. 

Reporting to the Vice Principal your main responsibilities will include:

Promoting and developing teaching and learning across the school including the whole education team and specific individuals; Maintaining and developing quality assurance processes and professional standards, including performance management; Data analysis, development, and planning including assessment, recording and reporting.

Other responsibilities include:

Leading and maintaining a systematic, evaluative planning cycle to improve teaching, based on lesson observation, learning walks, work scrutiny, curriculum documentation and planning, target setting, and any other evaluative processes in collaboration with the Vice Principal; Maintaining and developing the curriculum in a way that meets pupils’ needs, the Ofsted framework, and provides enrichment and sound pedagogical practice; Tracking and analysing data / results, in a way that will inform planning at a pupil, subject, and whole school level.

The role will also encompass ensuring that pupils have a pertinent range of examinations or externally accredited courses that will support transition and meet pupils’ abilities; Assisting the Vice Principal with the day-to-day organisation of the school in terms of the deployment of staff and timetabling; Maintaining a reasonable teaching commitment, and helping to maintain high standards in Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Risk Assessments, Behaviour Support plans, and SMSC opportunities.

As this is a residential school and the fact that you will be part of the Senior Management Team, you will be required to work one evening each week to take responsibility for the whole site.

This role is subject to receipt of two exemplary employment references, one of which must be from your current employer, health clearance and an enhanced DBS check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Candidates are invited to apply for this role by completing our Employment Application Form which can be found on our website, www.farneyclose.co.uk or by contacting Vanessa Cowle, HR Officer at vcowle@farneyclose.co.uk.

This is a full-time role, Monday to Friday, during term time with the requirement to undertake some work during school holidays. Salary: Leadership scale L4 – L8 depending on skills, demonstrable experience and qualifications. 

Closing date is Friday 5th March 2021.

Farney Close is committed to equality and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.

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