Education Jobs at Releasing Potential

Jobs at Releasing Potential

We are always looking for talented people to join our team of instructors, mentors, teachers and administrators.

At Releasing Potential, our staff work hard to make the lives of young people better, whether in our School or as part of the range of professional training and services we offer. If you feel you have the skills and experience to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families, get in touch. Our current vacancies are listed below, but we are always pleased to hear from anyone with an interest in education jobs at Releasing Potential.

Want to know more about working for Releasing Potential? Read about a day in the life of an RP Mentor here.

 

Head of School

Closing date: 12 noon 9th July 2024

Contract/Hours: Permanent & Full-time

Salary Type: Leadership Scale

Salary Details: £45,072 – £60,568

Hours of Work: Full time

Location of Role: Havant

Job/Person Summary
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Head of School following the successful tenure of
the interim headteacher.
Releasing Potential is a unique independent special school which caters for students aged 11-18
with social, emotional and mental health needs. We serve the local authorities of Hampshire and
West Sussex. As part of the Releasing Potential charity, we offer experienced support to the
Head of School as part of a growing team.
Governors are seeking an experienced, inspirational, and highly professional leader with the
energy, drive and commitment to work with the Proprietor to contribute to a strategic view for the
school in its community and analyse and plan for its future needs and further development within
the local, national and international context.

Our vision is to grow inquisitive and resilient individuals who are able to be successful and are
ready to embrace all opportunities, both now and in the future, underpinned by our core values:
We provide children and young people with opportunities to thrive beyond the narrow
expectations of more traditional learning environments, We have been successful in our work by
valuing children and young people as individuals and welcoming them into the Releasing
Potential community with unconditional positive regard.
Our approach is holistic and systemic: we believe in creating an environment in which children
and young people can be supported, regardless of their background or level of ability, and our
philosophy of belonging, safety, and risk underpins everything we do. Our faith in the power of
community determines the ways that we work, giving us a strong sense of identity across all our
initiatives.

Our new Head of School will demonstrate high standards of personal integrity, loyalty, discretion
and professionalism and have experience of working with vulnerable children.
We are looking for someone who:
• Ensures a culture and ethos of challenge and support where all students can achieve
success and become engaged in their own learning
• Implement strategies which secure high standards of behaviour and attendance
• Is able to take a lead role in working with other leaders to support, challenge and monitor
the development, delivery and evaluation of an inspiring, broad and balanced curriculum
with an emphasis on learning outdoors
• Is responsible for the teaching and learning through coaching, mentoring and leadership
that secures and sustains high expectations, outcomes and excellent practice throughout
the whole school
• Understands and can articulate the importance of systematic, regular, and accurate
assessment and its importance in securing good outcomes for all children
• Is able to undertake self-evaluation and school improvement planning
• Innovates to improve the quality of the curriculum offer to address social disadvantage
and fully meet the needs of students
• Understands the importance and need of a safeguarding culture, where everyone
understands their roles and responsibilities
• Continues to strengthen the school collaboration and develop effective partnerships that
enhance student achievement and staff development
• Understand how the engagement with nature can positively impact a child’s development

We can offer:
• The opportunity to work in close collaboration with the Proprietor, developing your
leadership skills and creating the strategic vision for the next chapter in the charity’s
journey
• A strong ethos of building strong relationships with students through adults maintain a
presence in students’ quality world view (Glasser Choice Theory)
• A supportive Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team
• A school where the whole team work together to create a secure environment where
students feel safe to learn
• The opportunity to contribute to the national conversation on the impact of registered
alternative provision within the education sector
• A chance to share the lessons learnt from our practice on a local, national and
international platform

Application Procedure
Please contact the school to find out more information about our school and charity. All
applicants will need to complete an application form, which is linked below, which if successful will be followed up by a
recruitment call to discuss our vision for the role. The next stage would be an interview process
which will include visiting the school sites, meeting staff and students and being interviewed by a
representative panel. As part of the process, you will be expected to give a presentation on a
subject concerning the operations of leading a school.

Visits from prospective candidates are warmly welcomed and actively encouraged and can be
arranged by contacting our HR/Charity Administrator, Jill by either phoning 02392 479762 or
emailing jill@releasingpotential.com

 

Head of School Information Pack

 

Head of School Application Form

Willow Farm Tutor

Pay Scale: (T:1-8) £22,467 – £29,319

Responsible to: Willow Farm Manager

Do you have a genuine interest in farming, animal welfare and horticulture. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate competent animal husbandry skills, plus overall farm maintenance and infrastructure. Are you a team player with a flexible approach and a willingness to undertake necessary duties. Responsible for the creation and delivery of fun farm activities, making animal husbandry, farming and horticulture accessible to our students. 

Own transport required due to location.

Main duties: 

  • To ensure the general welfare of livestock at the farm, including during periods of absence, such as annual leave
  • To maintain the animal areas in a functional and presentable condition
  • To look after animals on the site
  • To operate an efficient watering system for livestock
  • To follow guidance and regulations as set out by DEFRA and other relevant agencies
  • To maintain machinery, tools etc. in good condition
  • To work as a team in making the farm activities accessible to students 
  • To ensure all risk assessments are in place and up to date

 

Safeguarding 

Everyone who works at Releasing Potential has responsibility for promoting safeguarding and welfare of children.  

 

Commitment to Safeguarding Children: 

  • To ensure awareness of policy and procedures re Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • To be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse by participating in regular training
  • To report all causes for concern to the Safeguarding Lead
  • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children RP works with 

For more information please call Jill 07563 024063 or to apply email your CV to jill@releasingpotential.com

 

    Outdoor Activity Instructor

    Pay Scale:(T:1-8) £22,467-£31,795 actual salary not pro rata

    Benefits:

    • Competitive salary split between 12 months and not pro rata
    • Employee Support– providing 24/7 Wellbeing support and much more
    • Generous pension contribution
    • 34 Days Holiday plus Bank Holidays

    Responsible to Outdoor Education Manager

    Overview of role

    Are you looking for a new challenge?

    Do you want to pass on your passion for the Outdoors?

    Do you want to work in a rewarding environment where you can focus on the development of our young people and yourself.

    Do you want to contribute to providing high quality safe and rewarding outdoor learning experiences to our young people by delivering a range of water based activities.

    About you

    Do you have a NGB Instructor qualification in Sailing or Paddlesport .

    Do you have a valid First Aid qualification.

    Do you have the ability to provide safe, purposeful and fun sessions for our young people.

    Are you able and confident to communicate well with children with SEMH.

    Do you want to pass on your passion for the outdoors by providing outdoor activities to a range of individual students and groups.

    Main Duties

    • To be responsible for the safe running of the group or one to one session for the whole time the young person/people are in your care.
    • To plan a programme of activities that is suitable for each group or young person that you work with and that reflects their needs and experience. You should record their progress towards National Governing Body qualifications after each lesson
    • To ensure that you have the correct equipment and qualification to supervise any activity you lead.
    • To ensure that all activities have a risk assessment and continue to assess the changing nature of the risk each time you work with a group or individual young person, this should include obtaining an up to date and relevant weather forecast.
    • To provide feedback to RP School.
    • To ensure that all records are kept up to date.

    Due to the nature of the working environment and the inevitable contact with children, this role is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references. Applicants for this role must be eligible to work in the UK. Applicants will be required to complete an application form.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Benefits:

    • Company pension
    • On-site parking
    • Referral programme

    Schedule: Monday to Friday

     

    Experience:

    • Special education: 1 year (preferred)
    • Outdoor Instructing: 1 year (required)

    Licence/Certification:

    • Driving Licence (required)
    • NGB Instructor Qualification Sailing or Paddlesports (required)

    Work authorisation:

    • United Kingdom (required)

    Location: Hayling Island

     

    For more information please call Jill 07563 024063 or to apply email your CV to jill@releasingpotential.com

      Outdoor Curriculum Co-Ordinator

      Pay Scale: £25,218-£36,889

      Responsible to: Outdoor Education Manager

      Overview of role

      Due to recent growth, we are looking to recruit an inspiring, enthusiastic, dedicated and creative person on a full-time basis in the role of Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator. This position will involve developing the learning structures of the outdoor education experiences through the management of the curriculum.

      We aim to encourage young people of all abilities to take part in outdoor education irrespective of their background or ability, to make a difference to their lives.

      Your Skills / Experience & Qualifications

      • Teaching qualification or equivalent
      • Hold multiple NGB Awards at Instructor level or above
      • Experience of delivering outdoor education to a formal setting
      • Competent in administrative and IT Skills
      • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills
      • Collaborate effectively within a team
      • Have knowledge of outdoor education within other settings

      Key Aspects of the Role

      • To develop and maintain the Outdoor Education Curriculum
      • To be responsible for learning within the context of group or one to one sessions
      • To plan a programme of outdoor activities suitable for each group or young person that reflects their needs and experience.
      • Develop a recording system that monitors children’s progress towards National Governing Body qualifications.
      • To ensure the suitable qualifications are in place for all outdoor activities
      • Develop a curriculum which reflects the criteria set out by the numerous National Governing Bodies of the activities that we deliver.
      • To ensure that all records regarding students are kept up to date and are easily accessible for other staff who may teach that group.

      Commitment to Safeguarding Children:

      • To ensure awareness of policy and procedures re Child Protection and Safeguarding
      • To be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse by participating in regular training
      • To report all causes for concern to the Safeguarding Lead
      • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all the young people we work with

       

      Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

      Benefits:

      • Generous company pension
      • Free parking on-site parking
      • Employee Assistant Programme
      • Referral programme

      Schedule: Monday to Friday

      Information requested under Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exception) Order 1975

      Normally under the above Act, some criminal convictions do not have to be disclosed after a period of time when they become “spent”. This does NOT apply to posts having regular contact as part of their normal and routine duties with children under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults.

      Due to the nature of the work for which you are applying, this post is made exempt from these rules by the above Order. This means that you must disclose current and all other previous criminal convictions. This will be treated in the strictest confidence as specified in the Criminal Records Bureau Code of Practice and will be considered only in relation to this application. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us, this will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of the offences. Failure to disclose this information could lead to your application being rejected, or if you are appointed, to dismissal if it is subsequently learnt that you have a criminal conviction.

      The role involves engaging in regulated activity relevant to children, schools, and colleges. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children’

      Further information for shortlisted candidates – We will carry out an online search about you for information that is publicly available online. This will include social media accounts you may hold. This will only be carried out on shortlisted candidates and before interview. This processing of data will be conducted under the legal basis of Article 6(e) public task in line with the guidance laid out in para 221 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2022. Any data collected during this search will be retained in line with our retention schedule which is available on request.

       

      For more information please contact Jill – 07563 024063 or to apply, submit your CV to jill@releasingpotential.com

      Applicants will be required to take part in an initial phone interview and complete an application form.

        School Governing Board Member

        Opportunities have arisen for School Governors at Releasing Potential School. Becoming a school governor is a rewarding role and will allow you the opportunity to use your skills and attributes to have a positive impact on the education of all of the children in our school, you will be able to develop and learn new skills, take on different challenges and work as part of an established and successful Governing Board with a record of successful mentoring and support. 

        The three core functions of governance are to: 

        • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction: 
        • Hold leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff:
        • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent: 

        Responsibilities 

        • Develop and embed the school’s vision, ethos and strategy, monitor school improvement 
        • Support the school to embed the charity’s vision 
        • Establish a culture of high educational standards, which promotes staff and pupil wellbeing 
        • Make sure all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum 
        • Monitor provision for pupils with SEND 
        • Monitor educational performance, using a range of data sources  
        • Ensure stakeholders are informed and consulted as appropriate 
        • Make sure the school is compliant with legal requirements, including ensuring statutory policies and documents are in place 
        • Contribute to the performance management of the head of school 
        • Be a source of challenge and support to the head of school 
        • Monitor and evaluate the school’s staffing structure 
        • Monitor health and safety in the school 
        • Provide information and reports to the board of trustees 

        Skills and experience 

         Essential: 

        • Critical listening and ability to ask effective questions
        • Strategic thinking 
        • Excellent communication 
        • Problem-solving and analysis 

        Desirable: 

        • Understanding of data 
        • HR experience 
        • Knowledge of education 
        • Leadership and management skills 
        • Risk management skills 
        • Legal expertise 

        Benefits to you (New skills you will gain): 

        • Strategic planning 
        • Experience on a board 
        • Holding senior leaders to account and ability to provide challenge 
        • Analysing data 
        • Human resources and performance management  
        • Project management 
        • Communication and teamwork 
        • Decision making 
        • Problem solving 

        Additional information 

        The time commitment for governors on local governing bodies will vary. However, governors are expected to attend 6 meetings of the local governing body per year. The term of office is 3 years. 

        Usually, governors sit on a sub-committee focused on an area they have knowledge of, or are particularly interested in, for example the teaching, learning & standards sub-committee. Sub-committees generally meet up to 6 times a year. 

        Preparation for meetings includes reading papers and preparing questions for senior leaders.  

        You will also be expected to undertake any training required to enable you to discharge your role effectively. 

        Information requested under Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exception) Order 1975 

        Normally under the above Act, some criminal convictions do not have to be disclosed after a period of time when they become “spent”. This does NOT apply to posts having regular contact as part of their normal and routine duties with children under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults. 

        Due to the nature of the work for which you are applying, this post is made exempt from these rules by the above Order. This means that you must disclose current and all other previous criminal convictions. This will be treated in the strictest confidence as specified in the Criminal Records Bureau Code of Practice and will be considered only in relation to this application. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us, this will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of the offences. Failure to disclose this information could lead to your application being rejected, or if you are appointed, to dismissal if it is subsequently learnt that you have a criminal conviction. 

        The role involves engaging in regulated activity relevant to children, schools, and colleges. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children’. 

         

        Further information for shortlisted candidates - We will carry out an online search about you for information that is publicly available online. This will include social media accounts you may hold. This will only be carried out on shortlisted candidates and before interview. This processing of data will be conducted under the legal basis of Article 6(e) public task in line with the guidance laid out in para 221 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2022. 

        Any data collected during this search will be retained in line with our retention schedule which is available on request.  

        For more information or to request an application form please contact Jill on 07563 024063 or email jill@releasingpotential.com 

          For a copy of the Department for Education’s response to our Ofsted Action plan
          (Feb 2023) please click here to download
          Address:

          Releasing Potential
          Unit 7 Kingscroft Court
          Ridgway
          Havant
          Hampshire

          ENGLAND
          PO9 1LS

          Charity No: 1097440
          Company No: 04622100

          Telephone:

          023 9247 9762

          Email:

          info@releasingpotential.com

          © Releasing Potential 2017

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