Head of Learning Support

Head of Learning Support – Independent Sixth Form College

Location: North London
Start Date: September 2023
Contract: Permanent, Full Time
Salary: Competitive

Our client, a leading independent sixth form college in North West London are looking for a Head of Learning Support to join their school this summer.

The school has an outstanding record of academic success and has consistently been the most successful sixth form college in London, coming top of the Department for Education league tables for the past 20 years. The College provides the highest academic standards and individual care in a friendly, encouraging and supportive environment. There are roughly 200 students on roll and 70 members of staff.

The Head of Learning Support is an important role within the College and the position will include overall responsibility for provision to students with SEN, psychological difficulties and physical disabilities, to ensure that barriers to learning are mitigated and access arrangements are effectively managed. The Head of Learning Support is responsible for the strategic direction and development of SEND provision and psychological support within the college.

Applicants should be confident working with students aged 15-19, and be experienced in supporting teachers working within this age range. As Head of Learning Support, the appointee will co-ordinate the work of part-time staff contributing to this provision. They will also work in close consultation with the Vice Principals regarding advice to colleagues concerning teaching and learning, and with the Exams Officer in relation to access arrangements.

It is expected that the appointee will have achieved, or be willing to work towards achieving, the National SENCO Award qualification (which would be funded by the College). Candidates should have a background in education, and ideally have teaching experience. Both full and part-time applicants will be considered.

As Head of Learning Support, you would play an essential role in the academic success of the College. The school envisages this to be a developing role, and as such it will be a unique opportunity to influence the direction that Learning Support takes within the College.


  • NASENCO qualification or willingness to undertake training towards it
  • Experience of being involved in (or leading) a SEND/Learning Support department
  • Successful experience of narrowing the gap between SEND students and other students in the classroom
  • Experience of working in education, ideally in the 15-18 age range
  • A thorough understanding of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and disabilities
  • A thorough understanding of the role of SEND in a school environment
  • A strong understanding of the relationship between mental health and academic performance

An attractive remuneration package, depending on qualifications and experience, including an annual profit-related bonus and pension contributions will be offered to the successful candidate. In addition, they offer a generous remission of fees to staff for any eligible children.

If you have the required skills to be considered for the post, we welcome an application from you. For further details, contact Joseph at Connaught Education.

Connaught Education – The Independent Schools Specialists

Connaught Education is a trading brand of Connaught Resourcing and operates as an Employment Business and an Employment Agency. We are a committed equal opportunities employer who respect and value cultural diversity. We are committed to supporting the welfare of children and young people. In support of current Safeguarding legislation we will carry out background checks and an Enhanced DBS Disclosure as part of our recruitment and selection procedures.

Job Information

Job Reference: JAHOLS010823_1690893684
Salary From: £35000
Salary To: £55000

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