Director of Learning and Support (Principal)

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Role type:
Full Time
37hrs weekly, 52 weeks per year
Contract type:
All year post
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SEN College – Director of Learning and Support (Principal)

Based at National Star College, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Salary on enquiry

35 days holiday per annum plus statutory days

Do you have the enthusiasm and experience to lead our outstanding learning provision for young people with complex learning and/or physical disabilities?

National Star College is an Ofsted and CQC Outstanding college and we provide a range of educational programmes for up to approximately 180 students both residential and day.  Located on the edge of the beautiful Gloucestershire Cotswolds we have excellent learning, therapeutic and recreational facilities.

We are looking for someone who can provide inspirational strategic direction across the whole of learning programmes and deliver our multi-disciplinary approach to learning and development.

National Star College offers four learning pathways: future choices/PMLD for our most complex learners, a foundation pathway, a vocational pathway and work programmes to learn employment skills in real and practical environments.   We provide a range of programmes that are specifically designed to meet the individual needs of our learners.

You will hold overall responsibility for student outcomes, ensuring student aspirations are achieved and are in line with local authority commissioning and Education, Health and Care Plan outcomes.

Our successful candidate will have:

Proven track record of leading teams to achieve successful outcomes for learners with learning/physical disabilities, ideally in a specialist college

Experience of leading at a strategic level working collaboratively with senior colleagues

Experience of national regulatory frameworks – Ofsted, CQC, Examination boards

Successful track record of managing relationships with multiple stakeholders – commissioners; regulators; parents/carers; service users

Evidence of successful management of budgets and resources

Extensive experience of leading, motivating, managing and developing learning staff towards high quality and high performance in line with Strategic and Operational plans

You will possess:

A relevant undergraduate degree

A teaching qualification

A professional Management qualification

Evidence of appropriate SEN training/CPD

If you are interested in this role, please refer to the job description and person specification for a full overview of our requirements.  If you have any questions please direct them to or call 01242 527631.

The closing date for applications is 19th November 2018 with a start date of April 2019.

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Appointments are subject to references and enhanced DBS checks. 

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Important Information

At National Star, we know the value of a diverse workforce, and welcome applications from all areas of the community. This includes those with disabilities, and we are a proud Disability Confident employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities. In 2018 National Star received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted.

Please note that all applicants will be expected to undertake a DBS Disclosure, and undergo the necessary employer checks. The level of disclosure to be applied for will be dependent on your job role and will be discussed with you during the recruitment process but is usually an enhanced level. Where appropriate, the adult and child barred lists will be checked and we will not employ anyone who appears on either of those registers.

We prefer people to submit an online application as this helps support the charity in saving money. If you have a disability and need to apply using an alternative format, or if you have any technical problems with our recruitment system, please call the HR Team on 01242 527631 or email

All future correspondence with you will be via email (application acknowledgement, invitation to interview etc). Please check your email regularly.

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