Director of Additional Learning Support

Activate Learning
Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Surrey
£55,000 - £61,085 Per Year, Depending on qualifications and experience
21 Jul 2021 16:24
20 Aug 2021 23:59
Further Education
Job Level
Special Education Needs (SEN) / Supported Learning
Contract Type
Full Time
Organisational Type
General Further Education College, Land-based College

Director of Additional Learning Support

Job role:

We have a new and exciting opportunity to join Activate Learning as Director of Additional Learning Support.  This role is to lead Group Learning Support (GLS), a high performing team of professionals dedicated to supporting the inclusion, success, and progression of learners in all sectors who require additional support with their learning, including those with learning difficulties, disabilities and study skills needs.

We believe that everyone should have a chance to achieve their goals, so we offer a range of programmes for learners who need additional support.  The success of this post holder will be to influence the development of a group-wide culture and practice where all colleagues are confident and empowered to support SEND.

The post holder shall have responsibility for supporting and overseeing lead the strategic direction of support for SEND learners across faculties, specifically in the classroom, and the development of an innovative model for learning support based on our Learning Philosophy, and a key pillar of our Connected Support Network.

We are a people organisation and you will be confident to create strong networks, foster positive and productive relationships, As a leader, you will ensure that stakeholders feel listened to and understand the purpose, direction and impact of GLS and learners are motivated and enabled to succeed and progress.

There will be a focus on ensuring that there are high standards for learning support and enable the team to achieve them consistently.  You will review and recommend design and delivery approaches, creative quality assurance and quality improvement measures and ensure that successes are shared.

Full details of duties and responsibilities can be found as part of the job description.  This is a permanent, full time role based at any of our campus locations with the requirement to travel across all sites, (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey).

What do you need to be successful in this role? 

You will be clear and confident in your communication style and be able to influence stakeholders in a manner consistent with our values, and drive change through consultation and collaboration. You will convey messages in a compelling and informative way and an independent thinker who can nurture and develop relationships effectively.

You will bring substantial experience of leading and achieving high outcomes in SEND, hold a teacher’s qualification, and have knowledge of curriculum design and teaching and learning strategies that promote inclusion and success of SEND learners.  You will be confident in budget management with knowledge of funding streams for learning support and use data to lead decision making.

Managing the team will be key to the success of the department, You will manage a highly competent team, be skilled at driving the development of processes and procedures to achieve integrated and efficient service delivery, have a good awareness of legislation and national/local initiatives relating to SEND and disability and be able to effectively manage resources to achieve efficiencies and value.  You will be experienced in fostering a culture of coaching and ongoing development to promote excellence within the team.

What are the benefits of working for Activate Learning?

Activate Learning have recently been recognised for the work we do to inspire special needs students into employment with a coveted education award. The Association of Colleges' Beacon Awards 'Support for Students' prize 2019 recognises our innovative partnership programme for young people with special education needs and disabilities.

We work closely with colleagues from across our colleges, offering learners the opportunity to progress into new vocational areas. Our partnerships with external organisations and employers are central to equipping learners for successful futures

We are pioneering education with an unwavering focus on providing talent for business and transforming lives through our Learning Philosophy. Our student experience is the result of our attention to detail in recruiting, developing, and retaining the right staff who match and promote the values and behaviours of our brand. Our employee experience is a vital part of this process.

Our award-winning Learning Philosophy has driven new models of applied learning and inspires transformation and aspirations across our employees to make a difference. Generous annual leave entitlements, access to training and development, travel subsidies – bus and train, cycle scheme, onsite parking (first come first served), plenty of public transport options for all sites, discounted membership to the Lifestyle Centre (on some campuses) and Employee Assistance Programme.

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to appoint prior to the closing date, please apply early to avoid disapointment.

Activate Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check at the appropriate level.  

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permits and work permits from other organisations are unacceptable as proof of right to work in the UK. 

Applications are encouraged from all candidates meeting or exceeding the minimum criteria for the role regardless of age, disability, gender, orientation, race, religion or ethnicity. 

Activate Learning are committed to employing people with disabilities and will ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. If you require any reasonable adjustments either at application or interview stage please contact the talent team directly. 

If an agency submits an unsolicited CV to any partner or employee of our company, you should be aware that they have no authority to enter into an arrangement with you. Should we require recruitment agency involvement, we will contact the agencies on our preferred suppliers list, and we would ask that you respect the relationships we have already built with these suppliers.


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