Head of Education (SEMH), Norfolk

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Specialist Education Services LtdNorfolk

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Start date: April 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £45,356 - £51,311
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

About Specialist Education Services:

We have an exemplary track record for innovative and radical work with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health complexities at Avocet House, a dual registered Children’s Home and Residential Special School, providing highly individualised education and care packages for 8 boys in the 8 to 16 years age range.

Avocet House has been judged “Outstanding” on all Ofsted criteria (both care and education) since 2009. It is regarded as a National Model of Excellence and holds Investor in People GOLD status. 

We set no limits for the progress of our students or for the development of our staff. A post with Specialist Education Services is ideal for candidates who feel they would relish the opportunity to be part of a team that is innovating and extending exciting personalised programmes for the children in our care. 

About the role of Head of Education:

This key executive manager works alongside the house Registered Manager and under the leadership of the Principal of Avocet House. The Head of Education leads and manages a Deputy, and a team of teachers and teaching assistants in our Learning Centre, and works in parallel with the Registered Manager to deliver our 24 Hour Learning philosophy.

As Head of Education you will be leading the Learning Centre as part of our larger holistic multi-professional team, providing a personalised learning curriculum for the children and young people in our care. 

You will not be running our Learning Centre as a separate “school”, our holistic philosophy demands a team approach from all of staff under the leadership of the Principal.

Salary range is L5 – L10 £45,356 - £51,311

Experience required:

• We are seeking experienced, creative professionals who already have a degree of management experience coupled with the ability to innovate. If you have the potential we will develop it.

• You must be at one with our ‘no limits’ philosophy, understand the notion of 24 Hour Learning and have an informed view of learning in its widest sense

• An SEN specialism would be useful as would a knowledge of social, emotional and mental health issues, but this should not pre-determine whether you enquire or apply

How to apply:

Discussion about this post is encouraged. Please contact either Vicki Collings or Neil Dawson on 01508 549320, especially if you are unsure whether this role is for you.

For a detailed application pack please contact Tracy Harrison at Vision for Education on 0191 267 6555 or email permanent@visionforeducation.co.uk

Closing date for applications is Friday 24th January 2020 at 12pm and interviews will be held on Friday 7th February 2020. 

Completed applications must be emailed to permanent@visionforeducation.co.uk.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments are dependent on a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

Vision for Education are a recruitment business and work in partnership with Specialist Education Services Ltd to support their permanent recruitment and your application will be managed by Vision for Education.



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Address: The Old Vicarage, School Lane, Heckingham, Norfolk, NR14 6QP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1508 549320