Education Manager (HMP Spring Hill)
Location: HMP Spring Hill / Grendon
Hours: 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
Interviews to take place on Thursday 16th August
HMP Spring Hill’s education department have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Education Manager to join their Milton Keynes College Offender Learning team. As Education Manager, at HMP Spring Hill, you will demonstrate clear, decisive and innovative leadership, whilst developing strong partnership working with our prison colleagues.
The Education Manager will lead and support growth by driving and maintaining improvement within the education department. You will identify and implement objectives using strategic management. You will also be responsible for high volume budget management, target setting alongside continuous performance and quality advancement.
The successful candidate will be an experience strategic education manager who can inspire and challenge staff to create a dynamic culture with outstanding learning, teaching and student success throughout.
About HMP Spring Hill / Grendon:
For many of the staff employed to work at HMP Spring Hill, they also have an opportunity or are required to teach at HMP Grendon (less than two minute walk between sites).
HMP Grendon is a unique Therapeutic Category B national prison housing approximately 220 long term, prolific (re)offending adult males.
The Education Department works closely with our prison colleagues to deliver relevant long courses that help prepare learners for employment and positive community living upon release. Courses include: English and Maths Functional Skills (Entry 1 to Level 2), IT, Business, Barista, Horticulture, Cleaning, Personal Social Development skills and Family/Parenting.
HMP Spring Hill is an Open Category D (resettlement) prison, housing approximately 320 male prisoners who are at the end of their custodial sentence and working towards resettlement. Residents at Spring Hill are considered low risk and are well underway with rehabilitation and resettlement. Courses at Spring Hill are as above, with additional vocational courses such as Carpentry, Plumbing, Professional Cookery, Customer Service and Bookkeeping and CSCS.
Our team is predominantly a full time team which means that staff have the opportunity to build good relationships at work, support each other and share best practice. The management team comprised of Education Manager (Tilly), a Deputy (Tracey) and a Programme Manager. We are supported by two full time Admin / Student Support & Recruitment offices, one full time Additional Learning Support Practitioner and one full time Exams Coordinator. We offer a comprehensive site induction and regular training events for all staff to ensure that we address areas for development and familiarise the team with new initiatives. Our departmental vision (written by the staff and site manager) is to “provide an excellent and inspirational learning experience which enables learners to achieve their full academic, social and work related aspirations”. We believe in the importance of not only up-skilling men in subject related skills, but also in the softer personal skills to provide them with the best chances of success for the journey ahead of them.
As a successful candidate, you will:
Have proven teaching and/or relevant commercial experience.
Hold a recognised qualification in Leadership & Management (or be willing to work towards, by partaking in the College Leadership & Management Apprenticeship Programme) (Essential)
Have proven experience of managing teams in a challenging environment, effectively managing tensions as they arise.
Hold a teaching qualification and ideally Assessor/Verifier awards.
Have a degree or equivalent qualification.
Have well developed organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Have experience of effectively implementing and managing quality improvement processes.
Display energy, drive and an entrepreneurial attitude to work.
Have considerable curriculum development experience and be able to articulate an attractive curriculum vision.
The requirement of this role is to work across the whole prison estate, on all wings where education is delivered
More about the College:
Milton Keynes College is proud to be an open and inclusive general Further Education College welcoming learners of all levels and delivering an exceptional educational experience. The College offers a broad range of qualifications with more than 3,000 16 – 18-year-old full-time students studying traditional A Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships and Higher Education. In addition, the College delivers employability and key skills training programmes to 3,000 people in local community learning centres and is one of the largest providers of Offender Learning in England, working with 27 prisons across the East Midlands, South Central and West Midlands.
Milton Keynes College is a committed safer recruitment employer. We take extreme care in ensuring the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All positions therefore undergo a stringent vetting process to include DBS for all positions.