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Head of Education - Vinney Green Secure Unit

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 30/06/2019 23:59
£44,544 to £49,199
Secure unit allowance of £2,284 per annum
Hours per week:
32.5 hours per week
Job Category:
School Support
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Vinney Green Secure Unit, Emersons Green Lane, Emersons Green. Bristol, BS16 7AA
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
30 Jun

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

Are you a dynamic and creative Senior Education specialist? Would you enjoy the challenge of working with difficult, troubled and vulnerable children and young people?

Do you believe you have the vision and drive to make a difference?

We are seeking suitably qualified Education Specialist to lead an enthusiastic and committed team to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to individual needs, including the National Curriculum and Vocational Learning, to all young people in the unit. Experience within a special education setting for pupils with emotional and behavioural disturbance is highly desirable.

We would welcome applications from teachers with experience across a range of settings, secondary, BESD and/or further education.

Vinney Green Secure Unit is licensed for operation by Ofsted and it contracts with the Youth Custody Service to provide placements for young people. It is subject to regular inspection by a range of government and local authority approved officials, to ensure the highest standards are maintained at all times. The young people held within the Secure Unit are likely to be amongst the most troubled and troublesome in the country. Vinney Green Secure Unit operates within a strong value base that places the needs of young people at the centre of what it does.

Main duties:

To ensure appropriate delivery of the National Curriculum to all young people in the Unit.

To co-ordinate a range of vocational opportunities designed to engage the young people in the Unit.

To share a holistic approach as an active member of the Senior Management Team.

To ensure that effective policies and procedures are in place to maintain the security of young people in the Unit.

To co-ordinate and monitor the following education provision for young people in the Unit:

• initial educational assessment and curriculum planning

• an individualised education programme for each young person which is broad, balanced and differentiated according to their identified needs

• teaching programme which will lead to external accreditation wherever possible

• record keeping to allow for continuity of education

• additional provision to meet any special educational needs identified in an Education and Healthcare Plan (EHCP).

To provide effective management of teaching and education support staff in the Unit, in accordance with Teaching Pay Related Performance Management and including appropriate supervision and appraisal in accordance with current regulations.

To ensure that effective policies are in place in respect of curriculum development and delivery, and the management of behaviour.

To ensure the provision of appropriate Professional Development and Performance Review for teaching and education support staff in the Unit.

To ensure effective liaison with the Head of the Secure Service, as part of the Senior Management team, in order to establish and maintain good working relationships between Teaching and all other disciplines across the unit, in the best interests of the young people.

As part of the Senior Management Team to contribute to the Restraint Minimisation processes. This will include viewing CCTV footage.

To ensure effective liaison with Central Education Support Services in South Gloucestershire.

To liaise with local authorities and other external agencies to ensure a smooth educational transition for young people when they return to their local community.

To have oversight of the education budget and ensure that education services are provided effectively within this budget.

To attend and provide necessary reports for performance management meetings with the Head of Secure Service and other senior managers within the Council.

To provide direct teaching input for up to 25% of the teaching week, including weekly assemblies and whole Unit theme days.

To provide statistics and data as required by the Unit to meet its Youth Custody Service contract.

Selection Criteria:

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Essential Criteria:

Qualified teacher status, with a high level of understanding of curriculum issues including current alternative curriculum provision and extensive experience in secondary and/or in curriculum development.

Broad and relevant teaching experience including working with pupils with emotional and behaviour difficulties and experience of current practice in effective behaviour management.

Proven ability to teach in a mainstream curriculum area.

Previous successful experience of budget management.

Proven and substantial management skills and ability to work closely and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, with a range of senior managers, professionals, colleagues, parents/carers and pupils.

Consistency of approach to tasks and personal interactions.

Ability to relate positively to young people and communicate ideas clearly, able to provide creative solutions to problems.

An effective leader with a sense of perspective and humour in challenging situations, ability to inspire confidence and motivate staff and having a robust, resilient and caring personality.

Experience of IEPs and target setting, knowledge of Special Educational needs, particularly; ADHD, ODD ASD etc.

An understanding of Evaluation and Monitoring within the context of SEF and OFSTED framework.

Desirable Criteria:

Experience of working with young people in a secure setting.

Additional relevant accreditation and qualifications.

Special Notes or Conditions:

The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

It is essential that you are fit to carry out Restrictive Physical Intervention techniques for which full training will be given.

Annual leave must be taken in conjunction with the needs of the secure service.

A Secure Unit is a closed facility and movement is governed by the controlled unlocking of electronic doors.

The environment can become tense and anxiety provoking given that young people are detained.

Young people can present physically threatening behaviour.

Surveillance cameras are in use in most areas of the building.

Once on duty, there will be no opportunity to leave the building.

VGSU is a no smoking environment, and there is no provision to facilitate smoking.

Staff will be expected to adopt an appropriate and safe standard of dress (including jewellery).

Staff’s personal belongings are required to be left in a provided locker on entry into the building.

A Secure Unit Allowance is payable in recognition of the ‘closed’ nature of the facility.

This post is also subject to a medical clearance, which is satisfactory to management.

In the future there may be a requirement to undertake further physical fitness checks.

This post is subject to a Disqualification from Working with Children declaration.

There is a requirement for staff to make a monthly contribution towards the beverages provided by the unit, which is deducted at source.

Additional Information:

Directed time is 32.5 hours per week and 39 weeks per year but it should be noted that the school operates 50 weeks a year. With the exception of the agreed closure between Christmas and New Year and other Bank Holidays, annual leave (65 days inclusive of Bank Holidays) may, therefore, be taken at any time subject to no more than two teachers being on leave at any one time and no period of leave exceeding three weeks.

For an informal discussion once you have read the Job Summary, please contact Alison Sykes (Head of Secure and Emergency Services) on 0117 9702286.

Salary: £44,544 - £49,199 (Leadership Scale 6-10), per annum and £2,284 Secure Unit Allowance, per annum.

Closing date: 30 June 2019

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