Oasis Charitable Trust is a ground-breaking group of charities that have been pioneering models of sustainable and holistic education and community development over the last 35 years.

We are now seeking a dynamic and transformational leader as the Director of Learning and Enrichment for Oasis Restore – the UK’s first secure school. This is a career-defining opportunity to lead the development and delivery of our bespoke integrated care and education for young people in custody.

Oasis Restore will offer a reparative opportunity to children and young people, who have become criminally involved, often as a result of high levels of trauma, vulnerability and threat. Our vision for Oasis Restore is focused on restoration, rather than retribution, on creating a safe environment with a holistic approach to life where every child is given opportunities equal to those offered their peers; ones that enable young people to make different choices and lead positive, productive lives.

Using a psychologically informed approach that integrates theories on attachment, trauma and human development we will offer:

  • A holistic, integrated, safe environment
  • A therapeutic model of care with a growth mind-set
  • An ambitious and enquiry-based education offer
  • Pathways for transition into community from day one

We are looking for a transformational leader with the ability to develop an education offer that is highly differentiated and innovative to achieve our shared vision. You will be values-led and have sustained, relevant leadership experience of working with children who are neurodiverse and those with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties, challenging behaviour and who experience significant barriers to learning.

The Director of Learning and Enrichment will be a champion of high-quality best practice, committed to drawing the best of your teams and children in your care.

This role is a unique opportunity to use your leadership and design experience to operationalise a model of education from scratch. This means you will be at the forefront of innovation and a ‘proof of concept’ within the custody sector. The role will require someone with confidence and resilience to develop practice with a high level of attention balanced with the exciting opportunity to influence wider system change.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have credible, proven leadership experience of education in alternative provision, special school or custody setting that supports student progress and attainment whilst addressing the effects of childhood trauma or adversity.
  • Have a track record of delivering good and outstanding provision of education to highly vulnerable children in high risk environment within accountability and Ofsted regulatory education frameworks.
  • Be a champion of divergent thinking and creative and innovative teaching practice and curriculum design balanced with commitment to providing psychologically informed, developmentally appropriate provision for secondary aged children.
  • Demonstrate commitment to values-led leadership.

Working with Peer Power, Oasis asked young people about their vision for what a secure school could be.  Their response was: “Operate in love, operate in trust, and listen to the young people.” We are looking for leadership who will respect, value and listen to the young people they serve.

Oasis is committed to making a difference to the lives of the communities it works in, and as such you must show a willingness to demonstrate commitment to the values and behaviours, which flow from the Oasis ethos. Our ethos is an expression of our character and the lens through which we evaluate all we do and directly shapes our organisation’s behaviours. 

  • Passion to include everyone
  • Desire to treat everyone equally, respecting differences
  • Commitment to healthy and open relationships
  • Deep sense of hope that things can change and be transformed
  • Sense of perseverance to keep going for the long haul 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment and to undergo appropriate employment checks, including enhanced DBS checks. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and should have the ability to speak fluent English for this role.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please see the below recruitment brochure or visit https://www.oasisuk.org/work-for-oasis/

Applications should be received by noon on Friday 29th January 2021. 

Interviews will be held on Friday 5th February. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we anticipate interviews will be held virtually.