Learning Support Unit (LSU) Manager

Principal Designate:  Mr Mark Gray                                              Chief Executive Officer – Mrs L Rodham

New College Durham Academies Trust, (NCDAT) is seeking to appoint an exceptional, highly aspirational, dynamic Learning Support Unit Manager with a strong, proven track record of positive impact, ideally with those students most in need of additional support.    

 The successful applicant will have the support of a newly appointed Principal, along with a committed Chief Executive Officer and Academy Trust Board to develop, deliver and help drive NCDAT’s vision and strategy for our most vulnerable students.

Learning Support Unit (LSU) Manager    

Support Grade 5                                                                                          Whole time £27,515 – £30,986 pa

Option for Term Time Only + 5 days £24,763 – £27,887 pa (reflects salary for TTO+1 wk)

The post holder will be expected to lead, develop and manage The Bridge or Self-Regulation Room (SRR) to ensure academic progress and high-quality outcomes are secured for students with behavioural needs and learning difficulties. You will be able to demonstrate positive impact on those students with repeated or serious poor behaviour to enable pupils to access learning in the classroom.

Ideally, you will have experience in leading, offering and developing expert support to pupils with behaviour (including truancy and poor attendance) and learning difficulties in a secondary education setting. You will have experience of working with external agencies to support students and their families.

The successful applicant will liaise with all Heads of Departments to ensure all work delivered in the Bridge and SRR is fit for purpose, relates to age related expectations and has impact, allowing students to reintegrate back to main stream lessons at the earliest opportunity, when appropriate to do so.

As well as excellent interpersonal skills, you must have resilience and empathy and be able to work effectively under pressure, promoting the culture and vision of the academy by being a positive role model to all students, upholding a vision of inclusion and learning.

 Additionally, the postholder will:

  • Monitor and sanction as required all behaviour referrals and instigate investigations as required with support from the Head of Inclusion, Head of Student Support and Year Managers as required.
  • Analyse behaviour referral data on a weekly and half termly basis to identify students requiring additional support and also to monitor referrals for individual staff and departments.
  • Manage links between the pupil and parents/carers to support and encourage achievement and improving behaviour.
  • Devise and implement strategies with colleagues as appropriate to involve parents/carers and school staff in the establishment of strong home/school links.

NDA received its last Ofsted Inspection in October 2018, where we were judged as Requiring Improvement.  Since then we have taken decisive action and made significant investment to improve in all areas.

Interested candidates who would like to arrange a visit or have a preliminary discussion about the role can email our HR Team at hr@ncdat.org.uk to arrange a mutually convenient time.

To download an application pack, including job description, person specification and application form, please visit:

Closing date for applications is:   Midday Monday 23rd May, 2022

Interviews will take place: Thursday 26th May 2022

New College Durham Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and young people. We have a robust Safeguarding Policy and all staff will receive training relevant to their role at induction and throughout employment with the Trust.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records check for work with children.

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Job Summary

Location: North Durham Academy
Salary: £24,763 - £27,887
Posted on: 11 May 2022
Closing on: 23/05/2022