6 days remaining to apply

  • Application deadline

    29 September 2021 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    15 September 2021

Job details

Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
32.5 hours x 52 weeks
Contract type
Salary L14-L23 £61,479 - £75,842pa

Job summary

About the Role

Leading a team of experts in teacher training and SEND education, the successful candidate will be responsible for shaping and developing our Professional Development Services. Key responsibilities include:
• Leading on the successful strategic and operational management of the Professional Development Services including its teacher training and CPD courses and outreach services;
• Maintaining existing and developing new accredited and other relevant programmes and research opportunities with a wide range of partners including training providers, educational settings (schools, colleges, universities and other relevant bodies);
• Acting as the lead professional from Whitefield Academy Trust in the partnership with the Teaching School Hub;
• Where appropriate, leading on the delivery of relevant courses and programmes;
• Having oversight of Outreach Services and supporting their development in conjunction with the Outreach Services Manager;
• Raising the profile of the PDS and marketing its services and courses;
• Ensuring the PDS is financially viable.

The Head of the PDS will be expected to be an active member of Whitefield Academy Trust’s Executive Team and make a meaningful contribution across the Trust.

About you

This role would suit an ambitious and innovative leader with an interest in teacher training and SEND education. You will have:
• Qualified Teacher status as well as evidence of an ongoing commitment to professional development; a further qualification in Special Education and Leadership or Management training is essential;
• At least five years’ experience in Special Education including in a management, training or school improvement role;
• Good organisation and planning skills;
• An ability to establish positive working relationships with colleagues and professionals;
• An ability to promote personal and professional authority and to lead and support colleagues through guidance, training and coaching;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to present technical and financial information clearly;
• A commitment to continuous improvement – both for yourself and your team;
• A comprehensive understanding of safeguarding within schools.

Why join Whitefield Academy Trust?

Just as we seek to give our pupils an outstanding school experience, we want every member of our team to find being part of Whitefield Academy Trust a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Whatever their role, we are committed to supporting each team member and giving them every opportunity to progress their careers within our Trust. As such, every member of our team benefits from our:
• Exceptional Continuous Professional Development programme;
• Strong focus on staff welfare and wellbeing;
• Engagement forums which allow all team members the chance to be heard on matters relating to the running of the Trust and our schools;
• Excellent employment package including Training and Development, interest free loans for bicycle purchase, childcare voucher scheme, generous Local Government and Teacher Pension Scheme and an Employee Assistance Programme offering advice and counselling.

Applying for the job

To download an application form, visit www.whitefieldacademytrust.org.uk/jobs or contact the Human Resources Department: Personnel@whitefield.waltham.sch.uk
Closing date: Wednesday 29th September 2021
Interview date: TBC

Whitefield Academy Trust is uncompromising in its commitment to safeguarding children and young people.
The Trust is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive culture and community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit, ensuring best practice in our recruitment process is essential to our commitment.

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School overview

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 19
Education phase
School size
358 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 19

About Whitefield Schools

About Whitefield Academy Trust

Located in Waltham Forest, Whitefield Academy Trust comprises Joseph Clarke School (for children with a vision impairment and /or additional needs) and Whitefield School (for pupils with complex needs including autism, learning difficulties and sensory and physical impairments). The Trust also comprises Professional Development Services and runs Project SEARCH East London which prepares young people with SEND for full time, paid employment.

School location

Macdonald Road, London, E17 4AZ

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