• Trustee
    (SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS)

    The Children's Trust

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Welcome

Dear Candidate

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. Few other organisations has our level of expertise and experience in meeting the needs of children and young people with acquired brain injury, neuro-disabilities and complex educational, health, therapy and care needs.

It’s a really exciting time to be joining us. We are in the second year of an ambitious strategy which will see us reaching even more children, enhancing our specialist facilities and increasing our influence through research and public affairs.

The Children’s Trust School is a non-maintained special school that provides education, health, therapy and care exclusively for children with complex needs.

We are seeking a Trustee with a background and experience in Special Educational Needs, who will also join the Educational Governance Committee (Governing Body).

We look forward to receiving your application. 

Duncan Ingram

Chair of Trustees

ABOUT The Children's Trust

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and is based at a beautiful 24-acre site in Tadworth, Surrey.

The charity provides rehabilitation, medical care, special school education and residential living, community services and online support to children, young people and their families across the UK. 

Our key services are:

  • Rehabilitation for children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • A non-maintained special school for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
  • Support for children with ABI and their families in the communities across the UK, through our Brain Injury Community Services.
  • Online information and support via our publications and braininjuryhub.co.uk

The Children’s Trust is a charitable organisation with over 500 committed staff and 1000 volunteers with a range of expertise across nursing and care, education, therapy, operations and centralised support functions such as finance, HR, fundraising and communications. A number of these staff are based off site around the UK as part of our community work or in our charity shops.

Thanks to the generosity of The Children’s Trust’s supporters, our Tadworth site features a modern aquatic therapy pool, accommodation for parents, specially adapted equipment, soft play areas, spacious grounds and wheelchair-accessible facilities.

We run a non-maintained residential special school for children with PMLD. The Children’s Trust School supports children and young people from 2 to 19 years old and is dual-registered with the Care Quality Commission (the school residential houses) and Ofsted. Our annual income requirements are £24m, of which The Children’s Trust School contributes approximately 30%. The school is a purpose built, non-maintained special school for children aged 2 to 19 with complex education, health, therapy and care needs.

The school is located at The Children’s Trust’s national specialist centre in Tadworth, and we welcome pupils from across the south east, including Surrey, London, the Home Counties, and beyond.We provide a safe, caring and learning environment where each pupil’s needs are met and pupils outcomes and achievements are at the centre of all that we do as a multi-disciplinary team including specialist teachers, specialist teaching assistants, nursing and therapists from across disciplines. The school is registered for 44 young people and has 26 residential places within the co-located children’s homes.

The Children’s Trust School is a Non-Maintained Special School and is managed in accordance with the relevant provisions of The Education Act 1996 and the Non-Maintained Special Schools Regulations. The role of the Educational Governance Committee ( a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees) is akin to that expected by all School Governing bodies and ultimately it has three key functions:

  •  Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the School and its pupils.
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction


The current strategy, Creating Futures Together, will see The Children’s Trust and The Children’s Trust School increasing its local, regional and national profiles; scaling up our operations across the UK.

Safeguarding


The Children’s Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce. 

The Children’s Trust has policies on safer recruitment, the recruitment of ex-offenders and criminal record checks. Please refer to the People Team for further information.

Equality and Diversity

The Children’s Trust recognises the value of diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We expect staff to be treated with dignity and respect and solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief as stated in the Equality Act 2010. We expect all staff to share this commitment and promote equality and diversity amongst their teams.

Values           

Our ambition is to provide a professional service where the children and families are at the centre attention of what we do, and for us to be able to use this opportunity and to achieve this vision and ambition. We require all of our staff to be actively promoting and sharing our values that bring us closer to achieving our goal.

For more information, please see the following documents:

 

about the role

Trustee – Special Education Needs 
Tadworth, Surrey 
Unremunerated – reasonable expenses paid
Time Commitment - 2 days a month

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We deliver rehabilitation, education and community services through our national specialist centre, based in Tadworth. We also offer support more widely through our community services for children and young people across the UK and via our online Brain Injury Hub. Established for over 30 years, we have a team comprising 520 staff and over 1,000 volunteers who together are dedicated to providing children with brain injury and neurodisability to have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

The Children’s Trust School is a non-maintained special school supporting children and young people aged 2-19. There are three residential houses supporting the Day School with registration for 44 young people.

You join us at an exciting time, as we are midway through our three-year strategy ‘Creating Futures Together’, which focuses on a number of key objectives including; to be the best at what we do, respond to the needs of children and young people, ensure our services are there for the long term and to scale up. To enable us to achieve our ambitions we are looking for a new trustee with Special Educational Needs experience. You will be required to:

  • Support the future development of the School strategy
  • Provide support and appropriate challenge to the Director of Education / Headteacher and the senior management team in the delivery of the School Development Plan
  • Through their educational and SEN expertise, advocate for and proactively represent the needs of the School at Board of Trustees’ meetings


Alongside your experience you will demonstrate empathy with the ambitions and aims of The Children’s Trust and share our values of being can-do, collaborative, caring and supportive, fun, professional and child and family focused.

For a confidential conversation please contact our consultant at Peridot Partners; Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk or Jennifer Horan on 07519 070497  or jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: Monday 28th January 2019. 


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