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Head of Langdon College (London) Kisharon Langdon

Lead the development and delivery of Langdon’s vision and values across post-16 provision in London, helping to ensure long-term sustainability, improving strategic relationships and offering the best possible opportunities for the Jewish learning disability and autism community to thrive.

  • Location: Edgeware, London
  • Salary: c.£65,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 30th July

Langdon College is part of Kisharon Langdon and is a registered Charity. The College provides education and support primarily for Jewish students who have a variety of learning difficulties and/or disabilities, with almost half of students having autistic spectrum disorder.

Central to Kisharon Langdon’s mission is an unwavering commitment to the interests of people with learning disabilities and autism, as well as their families. The organisation remains dedicated to meeting their unique religious and cultural needs, and we are proud of the inclusive environment which we foster. The importance of empowering those we support to realise their ambitions and aspirations remains a core value.

Who we are.

In 2023, Kisharon and Langdon, two leading organisations dedicated to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and autism, merged to create a newly formed entity, Kisharon Langdon.

As a merged organisation, Kisharon Langdon is well placed to facilitate seamless transitions for individuals at key educational stages, starting from nursery age and progressing through further education and into employment opportunities.

Our partnership consists of three educational provisions: Tuffkid Nursery, Kisharon Noé School and Langdon College, across early years, primary, secondary and post-16 phases of education. We operate over a range of local authorities in North West London and North Manchester.

As a partnership with a Jewish ethos, we are committed to working within a respectful and compassionate environment. We exist to serve the young people in our care and have a small number of core principles:

  • We expect all our provisions to actively support each other and share best practices for the benefit of all.
  • We encourage each provision to celebrate its distinctive identity within our partnership community.
  • We are committed to providing quality-assured services to keep our provisions legal, financially robust and continually improving.

Langdon College currently delivers four different curriculum pathways in support of 35 students funded through their respective local authorities. Our curriculum offer is wide-ranging, and our students have access to excellent learning opportunities across our three campuses. Teaching takes place in small groups, and teaching methods are always differentiated to meet the needs of every learner.

Every student learns differently, and we pride ourselves on our differentiation of learning and inclusive approach. Each pathway emphasises independence, personal, social and physical development and vocational skills.

This curriculum provides learning that is relevant to each individual to maximise engagement and support excellent progress. The personalisation of our curriculum also enables teachers to differentiate and plan to cater for students’ individual needs, interests and aspirations whilst promoting lifelong learning, preparation for each phase of education and then transition into adult life.

About the role.

This is an exciting time to join Langdon College (Ofsted, Requires Improvement, 2021) as we seek to deliver on our ambitious plans for the future. As the Head of Langdon College, London, you will join the Education Partnerships directorate of Kisharon Langdon, led by our Director of Education, Dr Emily Haddock. Langdon College currently has three campuses – our London campus as well as two Manchester campuses. As such, you would therefore work closely with the Head of Langdon College (Manchester) as well as with the Director of Education. This Directorate also includes Tuffkid Nursery (Ofsted Outstanding) and Kisharon School (Ofsted Good).

As our Head of Langdon College, London, you will lead improvements in the quality of our education and the development of a robust and impactful curriculum offer. Not only this, you will lead the College in building new and influential relationships with stakeholders, support the development of our estate and continue to model an organisational culture that ensures our staff, learners and their families continue to feel supported and valued.

As an experienced FE sector leader, you will manage the day-to-day operations of the College whilst using your understanding and knowledge of SEND provision to lead a team of dedicated and passionate staff – curriculum leads, teachers and therapists – to deliver the best possible outcomes for our learners, whilst ensuring that we continue to embed our Jewish ethos across the whole organisation.

You will build on existing collaborative activities, working with leadership colleagues within the Directorate and the wider Kisharon Langdon organisation, improving engagement with those leading on finance, health & safety and recruitment to form more joined-up and efficient processes. Furthermore, you will work collaboratively with our local governing bodies and our Charity Chief Executive, ensuring that our operations continue to match strategic ambitions and intentions whilst contributing to the financial and budgetary controls of the organisation.

You will bring a track record of developing successful partnerships as we work hard to ensure that Langdon is an outward-facing college that works collaboratively with others from across the sector, with parents and other key stakeholders. Under your leadership, Langdon will seek to embrace opportunities and raise educational standards both internally and across the wider specialist sector.

You will have the freedom and flexibility to use your leadership and management expertise to improve our provision from the foundations we already have in place, using your innovation and creativity to find solutions to the challenges we encounter along the way.

Benefits.

  • The working week concludes at lunchtime on Fridays.
  • Staff are entitled to additional leave on all Jewish festivals – 7 additional days of leave in 2025.
  • Access to health & wellbeing support.
  • External professional coaching funded.
  • Strong training & development programme.

Peridot Partners and Kisharon Langdon are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Drew Richardson-Walsh, please contact Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

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Welcome from our Director of Education

Dear Candidate,

Our success so far has been founded on the principle of professional freedom, enhanced by rigorous quality assurance and support systems provided by the Education Partnership. I take enormous pride in the fact that Tuffkid Nursery, Kisharon Noé School and Langdon College all have their own unique identity and way of being. This uniqueness is a testament to our commitment to fostering environments where individuality is celebrated and every child’s potential is recognised and nurtured.

What unites Kisharon Langdon is our commitment to supporting our Jewish communities, with a strong emphasis on special needs education. We believe in respect, valuing people and fostering an inclusive and ethical approach that ensures every student, regardless of their abilities, receives the support they need to thrive. Our educational philosophy is deeply rooted in Jewish values, emphasising the importance of community, respect for all individuals and the pursuit of knowledge and justice. These principles guide our approach to education, ensuring that diversity is celebrated and everyone is encouraged to reach their full potential in our schools.

Our dedication to inclusivity and special needs education is unwavering. We understand that providing the best for our young people means recognising and addressing the unique challenges students with special needs face. This requires a collaborative effort from all staff members working together to create an environment where every child can succeed. Our specialised support systems and tailored educational plans are designed to meet the diverse needs of our students, ensuring they have the resources and encouragement necessary to excel.

Incorporating the Jewish ethos into our framework, we emphasise the values of Respect (Kavod), Integrity (Emes/Emet), Community (Kehilla) and Excellence (Hachi Tov). These values are not only integral to our cultural heritage but also provide a strong moral foundation for our educational practices. By instilling these values in our students, we aim to cultivate compassionate, ethical, and socially responsible individuals who are well-prepared to contribute positively to society.

I am very privileged to hold my position in this exceptional organisation and take great delight in knowing that every success we achieve is a shared success. It is the collective effort of our dedicated team that powers our effectiveness and drives us forward. So many people contribute to our success, from teachers and support staff to parents and the wider community. Teamwork is at the heart of everything we do, and it is through this collaborative spirit that we can provide an outstanding education for all our students.

Every member of our team is committed to our mission, working tirelessly to ensure that our schools are places where all children, including those with special needs, can learn, grow, and thrive. Together, we strive to create a future where every child has the opportunity to succeed and make a positive impact on the world.

Dr Emily Haddock
Director of Education
Kisharon Langdon

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Drew Richardson-Walsh, please contact Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

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    Drew Richardson-Walsh, please contact Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 30th July 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 12th August 2024
    Interviews: Tuesday 27th August 2024


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