Post start date: 2nd September 2024.
Acorn Alternative Provision is a charity working with young people aged 11-16 who are experiencing barriers that prevent them from succeeding in mainstream school.
We are seeking to appoint a Head of Centre for our Exeter Centre, who will bring a blend of leadership, teaching and relational skills, along with the values of a living and active Christian faith, to help us deliver excellent alternative education.
Who are Acorn Alternative Provision?
Exclusion from school is a growing problem across the UK. Persistent disruptive behaviour is the most recorded reason for exclusion, but in many cases, there are underlying factors that have been or are traumatic and have played a significant part in the story. These include poverty; unsafe family environment; poor mental health; special educational needs and gaps in prior learning. In the long-term, and without intervention or effective support, excluded pupils are more likely to become unemployed and are significantly over-represented in the criminal justice system.
At Acorn Alternative Provision we work in partnership with local churches to address the underlying issues that have led to young people facing exclusion or disengagement from school. We do this by delivering trauma-informed educational programmes that rebuild foundations, and by providing wrap-around support to young people and families.
Acorn Centres are safe places, where some of the most disadvantaged young people in our communities are loved, nurtured and enabled to grow and succeed. They are small, therapeutic learning environments where the Christian values of love, grace, compassion, forgiveness and hope underpin the holistic approach and the needs-led curriculum we deliver during the school day. Alongside this, the Church brings wider practical and pastoral support to the young people and their families, connecting them into missional activities that already exist to help overcome poverty, loneliness and social injustice.
About the role
In the Head of Centre role, you will lead the small staff team locally and manage the effective running of the Acorn Centre in Exeter. You will lead the team to plan, resource and deliver programmes that meet the needs of young people attending the Centre. You will lead and support small-group learning across a range of curriculum areas as well as developing positive and supportive relationships with the young people, helping them overcome barriers to their success and wellbeing.
If you are passionate about helping disadvantaged young people grow and overcome barriers and are excited about the difference the Church can make, this could be the job for you.
This role would suit someone with experience in leading in an education or youth work setting. Qualified and unqualified teachers will be considered.
For full details of the role, please read the Job Description and Person Specification.
If you would like to apply, please fill in our online application form which can be found here Application for employment at Acorn Alternative Provision (office.com).
Interview Date: Week beginning 18th March 2024 (at the Acorn Centre Torquay)
- OrganisationOther Organisations
- Work LocationExeterDevon
- Work Postcode
- Occupational GroupManagement & Senior Management
- Salary Details
£30,384 – £36,050 per annum (depending on experience)
- Job TermPermanent
- Appointment TypeFull Time
37.5 hours per week
- Closing Date
- DBS Check Required