We seek to appoint an exceptional Headteacher
to lead the educational provision for young people with mental health difficulties
at the Poplar Adolescent Unit, Rochford and the St Aubyn Centre, Colchester.
The successful candidate will share our
belief that young people in psychiatric units deserve the highest quality
education to meet their individual needs.
The successful candidate will be able to
motivate and inspire others and base their strategies on a secure understanding
of how education contributes to the treatment of young people with severe
mental health difficulties. As well as providing excellent leadership within
the education departments you will need to be outward looking and adept at
working with other agencies including schools, local authorities, social care
and especially our NHS colleagues within the units, to secure the best possible
outcomes for our young people.
At both Centres, the Therapeutic
Education Departments’ work is centred around building trusting relationships
with young people in order to enable them to achieve progress on their
individual highly specialised education plans. Progress is measured in both
Mental Health Functioning in Education and in academic terms.
We are committed to working
closely with members of other disciplines in the Centres to improve the life
chances of the young people with whom we work, and in this role, you will form
an integral part of the hospital team.
The successful candidate will be required to maintain strong
relationships across education and health care to ensure the best outcomes for
the young people using our services. The
Therapeutic Education Departments also play an important role in providing training
on mental health to teachers and others working with young people.
ensure the young people at Poplar Adolescent Unit and The St Aubyn Centre receive
high quality, age-appropriate education which meets their needs.
continue to develop and strengthen the relationship between the two centres,
ensuring a shared ethos and maximising the potential for sharing knowledge,
expertise and resources.
work with the multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that education is an integral
part of the treatment for patients at the Poplar and St Aubyn Centres.
We will implement robust recruitment
procedures and checks for appointing staff and volunteers to ensure that
reasonable steps are taken not to appoint a person who is unsuitable to work
with children, or who is disqualified from working with children, or does not
have the suitable skills and experience for the role.
Appointments will be
subject to DBS clearance and satisfactory references.
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