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Head of Education Milton Keynes £57,000.00

Head of Education

Location: Milton Keynes |
Salary: £57,000.00 |
Posted: 1 Feb 2024 |
Closes: 29 Feb 2024 |
Job Type: Full Time and Permanent |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 15259

Role Responsibility:

HEAD OF EDUCATION - Oakhill Secure Training Centre (STC), Milton Keynes

G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services

£57,000 per annum with excellent Company benefits including Pension Scheme


Rarely does an opportunity to make your mark and further your career come up like this in a very unique environment. 


About us

G4S Care & Rehabilitation Services (CaRS) successfully manages four prisons, one secure training centre and a number of community contracts across England and Wales. The philosophy of our business is to rehabilitate young people and equip them with the skills needed to resettle back into society.  Our aim is to create an environment in which our employees and our young people feel safe and supported.

G4S Oakhill Secure Training Centre (STC) cares for children aged 12 to 18 years old who have been remanded or sentenced to periods of detention. The children in our care can be vulnerable and challenging, with a wide range of complex social and emotional needs. This is an environment that calls for high standards of social care and service delivery to provide a secure and stable environment for children to develop their life skills and address their previous behaviours.  We aim to support change and learning.

We strive to help every child feel safe, giving them an opportunity to heal from trauma and feel supported in developing a more positive identity. We will ensure our children have equal access and opportunity for change and are celebrated for their strengths. We want the children in our care to leave better equipped for life emotionally, mentally, physically, and socially. Our hope is that they will go on to make decisions and life choices that will lead to increasingly positive and productive lives. We aim to support the constructive resettlement and transition of our children, whether returning to the community or moving to other custodial settings. We are committed to working in partnership with them and their families, significant others and wider community organisations, to develop a quality regime at the centre.


About the role

Oakhill STC is fast paced complex and challenging environment.  The successful candidate needs to be resilient, innovative, passionate and shares the Directors vision of how to make Oakhill a centre of excellence and embed best practice. A leader who develops transparent and collaborative ways of working to engender openness, trust and inclusion. The Education regime at the centre needs to balance safety, safeguarding, health, wellbeing and learning and development opportunities for young people.

You will manage the provision of effective Education Services across the Centre ensuring contractual compliance whilst promoting the safeguarding of young people’s welfare and acting as Duty Director as required.

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children. You will motivate, inspire and lead them to success, despite the significant challenges of managing a complex environment.


Some of the key responsibilities of this role are:

  • Develop and manage the provision of education within the Centre so that a professional service in line with the national curriculum, contractual requirements, best practice and safeguarding standards is provided.
  • Plan and manage the implementation of the timetable to ensure all young people have access to a broad and balanced education programme that meets their needs and provides opportunities for nationally recognised accreditation.
  • Coach and support staff, including supervision, to maximise their performance and ensure values, ethical standards, equality and diversity, policies and procedures, legislation and contractual and inspection framework requirements are met.
  • Establish effective communications ensuring that relevant documentation, information and reporting is processed and disseminated both accurately and in a timely manner in line with inspection, company and contractual requirements.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of professional teaching and support staff to ensure service delivery is optimised.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure young people’s needs are met, the sharing of best practice and continuous improvement in the educational service provided.
  • Manage and control the relevant budgets to meet financial parameters.
  • Assist in the promotion of creating a positive Health & Safety culture across the site leading by example, this includes reporting accidents and near misses in a timely manner & follow the applicable safe systems of work for the role.

The Ideal Candidate:

About you

To succeed in this role, you will need to be a dynamic and engaging individual, with significant managerial and teaching experience in an educational setting covering 14 – 18 year olds, including special needs. You must also have experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team with a track record of delivering performance to the highest standard. The role will require you to promote a child centred approach which prioritises both the safeguarding of the children’s welfare and wellbeing as well as ensuring that a stable and secure environment is provided for all the children and staff at the Centre.


Leading by example, we are looking for a highly motivated and determined leader, with the ability to be resilient, confident with a tenacious can-do attitude, and be a part of a busy and fast paced senior management team.


The role requires working with a wide range of stakeholders in a high profile environment and it is key that you are flexible and adaptable to deal with ever-changing scenarios.


Diversity, equity and inclusion is an important part of G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services and we actively encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.


This role is subject to a checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Youth Custody Services and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history as part of the security screening process for this role.


It is every employee’s responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of the children in our care; as such all employees are required to hold a current Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Scheme) Certificate.

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