9 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    2 January 2025

  • Closing date

    28 June 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    7 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

L18 to L24 (£71,729 - £83,081) + up to10% for the right candidate

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Headteacher must work in accordance with the Headteacher Standards (2020) and The Seven Principles of Public Life, known as the Nolan Principles.

We are looking for a Headteacher who is

  • young person focused
  • able to create the team to drive leadership forward
  • aspiring for the highest possible standards for our young people
  • committed to a therapeutic, trauma informed approach
  • leading by example and inspiring others

This role is in alignment with national standards that underpin the core purpose and key areas of headship.

We are looking for someone special who will be an advocate for all young people and an ambassador not only for the Island Learning Centre but also for our families, the Island community, other schools and agencies.

To help us achieve our goals you’ll need to demonstrate experience & evidence of being a strong teacher with senior leadership experience in an educational setting.

We need a welcoming and approachable Headteacher, who is an active listener with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with all stakeholders.

Key skills

  • successful experience of trauma-informed approaches with examples
  • evidence of continued professional development
  • strong knowledge of SEND
  • excellent presentation skills, including ICT skills
  • evidence of innovation and managing change and school improvement
  • experience of successfully supporting young people on the next stage of their education/training/employment
  • experience of engaging with the continued professional development of all staff
  • experience of developing successful teams to deliver a shared vision
  • experience of leading high-quality inclusive teaching, learning and assessment
  • a good understanding of the local and national educational landscape
  • understanding of the importance of multi-agency working

What the school offers its staff

This is a really exciting time for education on the Island, with a new Children’s Services Directorate and a new Education, Inclusion and Access, serving the Isle of Wight. The current focus is on SEND and meeting the needs of all of our children and young people.

The Island Learning Centre is an Education Centre (Pupil Referral Unit) catering for secondary aged pupils with a variety of different needs, providing specialised support for some of the most vulnerable young people on the Isle of Wight.

Our aim is to support young people to make positive change that enables them to achieve their best personally, socially and academically. An important aspect of our role is encouraging young people to gain confidence and build their aspirations.

The staff and management committee are determined that our young people, whatever their background or need, receive the best possible preparation for a fulfilling independent adult life. We aim for all our young people to either return, back to mainstream school or onward to post 16 education, training or employment.

We provide a motivating and inclusive curriculum for our young people who

  • have been permanently excluded from their mainstream school or who are at risk of permanent exclusion
  • are medically unwell or emotionally vulnerable and therefore unable to access mainstream education

Education is provided onsite as well as offsite through tutors or alternative provision. Young people receive a personalised curriculum containing a mix of academic subjects and vocational programmes.

We also provide an Outreach Service to support reintegration to mainstream schools and undertake preventative work to reduce suspensions and exclusions.

Our dedicated staff are committed to supporting young people and their families to work through challenges, build their self-esteem and become confident learners.

We pride ourselves in supporting young people to value themselves and become equipped to make a positive contribution to their community.

The Management Committee are working closely with the Local Authority to be able to support even more young people.

You could be part of these exciting developments

Further details about the role


As well as being a great place to work we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package, including:

  • relocation package of up to £8,000 (subject to criteria)
  • home relocation scheme via Help to Buy
  • Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVC)
  • Solent ferry travel discounts
  • local and national staff discount and benefits
  • Island bus network discount
  • cycle to work scheme
  • staff parking permit scheme
  • discounted leisure and gym membership
  • access to private health care packages
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • digital learning hub
  • agile and flexible working policies
  • professional development

The Island Learning Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks, including online searches/checks.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applying for the job

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About Island Learning Centre

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
School size
39 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Pupil Referral Unit

Arranging a visit to Island Learning Centre

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@iow.gov.uk.

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