Regional Manager - Prison Education

Posted 2 weeks ago by Dovetail and Slate

Bristol, City of Bristol
£45,000 - £47,600/annum + £4,200 car allowance + Bonus

Are you an inspirational, outstanding and experienced education manager looking for a new challenge?

Have you ever considered working within prison education?

If you would like a unique and challenging teaching role, where you can genuinely make a difference, enhance the prospects of your learners, and ultimately change people’s lives for the better – then this could be the opportunity for you.

Like any educational setting, Prisons come with their challenges. In this environment, learners are locked up for large periods of the day, away from their families and for some, their children. Most are at rock bottom, having to live with the regret of what they have done – education gives them a focus. And hope.

Education provides prisoners with an opportunity to upskill, increasing their future employment prospects which directly reduces the likelihood of reoffending. Many prisoners will arrive without having basic Maths or English skills. Prison Education ensures all learners are put through Functional Skills Maths & English, which then puts them on the pathway to vocational learning courses, such as Carpentry, Bricklaying, Painting & Decorating, Plastering & Tiling, Cleaning, Barbering, Catering and Horticulture.

Prisons have a dedicated education department, with classrooms and fully functioning workshops, where teaching and learning can take place. You will be fully supported by an experienced education department. Training and development opportunities are available.

Details of this position:

This position is for a Regional Manager for Prison Education to work across the South-West with responsibility for the management of the education departments within 5 Prisons.

In this role you will have an outstanding opportunity to work as part of the Senior Leadership team whose function is to support the delivery of an outstanding curriculum within prisons. You will have the opportunity to positively enhance the lives of teachers and learners through management, coaching and support.

Teaching must be maintained at a high standard within each establishment to meet identified learning needs, improve employability and resettlement prospects and reduce re-offending. The person responsible will be accountable for supporting Curriculum Managers and teaching teams within each establishment and maintaining positive working partnerships with Governors, Heads of Reducing Reoffending and Learning and Skills Managers within the prisons to ensure

You will be fully conversant with the challenges and changes needed to respond to Ofsted, Awarding Body, and National, Regional and Local priorities. Also of critical importance is the ability to demonstrate and build on a proven track record of successful change management, relationship building, partnership working and problem resolution.

This role would be suitable be for an experienced Curriculum Manager or Regional Manager currently working within education, looking to move into prison education.

Key Responsibilities:

As post-holder you will be accountable to the Prison Lot Director and play a crucial supporting role in ensuring the following:

• Efficient curriculum planning and delivery to meet targets.

• Knowledge and experience of PEF funding methodologies to monitor and maximise income.

• Proactive data analysis to limit and resolve delivery deficits.

• Effective staffing levels, management, and training.

• Consistent high-quality teaching and learning.

• Positive learner feedback and outcomes.

• Readiness for successful HMIP / Ofsted inspections.

Essential details:

Work schedule: Monday to Friday – 37 hours per week

Salary scale: £45,000 - £47,600

Holidays: 30 days + bank holidays + up to 5 College closure days

Car allowance: £4200 + travel expenses

To be considered, suitable candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • A teaching qualification (Level 5)
  • A degree or vocational qualification (related to your subject specialism)
  • Experience teaching in an education setting
  • Experience teaching within a Further education setting (desirable)
  • Experience teaching Adult Learners (desirable)
  • A driving license.

Suitable candidates will need to be enthusiastic, resilient and have a humanistic approach. This role will not be for everyone, but anyone with a slight interest is encouraged to apply and if suitable, you will have the opportunity to have a discussion with the hiring manager directly over the phone, who can provide more detail and an insight into life working in a prison.

If you are interested in this position, then please apply via the link. Alternatively, you can contact Chris to discuss the role in further detail.

If this vacancy is not of interest to you at this time, but you happen to know someone who might be suitable and interested, then please kindly pass these details on to them.

Important Notice

Dovetail and Slate is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, applicants and clients to share this commitment.

This role may involve work with under 18’s or vulnerable adults. Any appointment will be made subject to strict vetting and screening checks and receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. Dovetail and Slate ltd acts as an Employment Agency (perm) and an Employment Business (temp/contract).

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