Vacancy for Head of Learning Strategy, Whirlow Hall FarmTrust
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:12

Vacancy for Head of Learning Strategy

(Full-time, full year)


As a result of internal changes and development, we are recruiting for this rare and exciting opportunity. Join one of Sheffield’s best loved charities and make a real difference to the lives of the thousands of people who visit, volunteer and learn at Whirlow each year.


You will lead a strong team to manage and deliver the Trust’s wide range of learning provision, covering Primary, Secondary and Post-16 education from day and residential visits, to accredited vocational training. As a qualified teacher with experience of course/programme development, familiar with a cross section of client groups including SEN, BESD, and vulnerable/hard to reach learners, you will be able to develop positive working relationships with children and young people, and the partner organisations from which they are referred.

Over the past 4 years, the Trust has built on an excellent reputation for Primary work and developed our work with 14+ students in partnership with the Local Authority, Schools and other partners. We are also developing provision to meet the needs of High Needs children and young people, specifically those with Autism and challenging behaviour. As such you will have experience of delivering qualifications suitable for 14-19 ‘Alternative Provision’ (eg AQA Unit Award Scheme at Entry level, C&G Landbased Studies at Level 1, and BTEC Diplomas at Level 2).

Ideally you will have experience in partnership development and bid writing to enable the Trust to continue to secure and extend opportunities for children and young people in Sheffield and surrounding areas. You need not be an Animal Care/Agriculture specialist, but it would be a bonus if you are at ease with a wide range of animals and comfortable being outdoors in all weathers.

After reading the Job Description, Person Specification and Vacancy Information Pack (available at http://www.whirlowhallfarm.org/jobs-at-whft), if you have any queries please contact Jo Booth (current Head of Learning Strategy) on (0114) 2360096 for an informal chat.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter which addresses each point in the Person Specification to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the closing date: Thursday 18th June at 9 am

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 16th July