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Trustee and Chair of Governors – Special Educational Needs | The Children’s Trust

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With a new 2020-2025 Strategy – Hope and Ambition – and plans to build a state-of-the-art school to bring a more holistic education provision on site to support more children and young people, the charity seeks a Trustee who has had leadership experience in a special educational needs setting to join their board.

  • Location: Tadworth, Surrey
  • Salary: Unremunerated – reasonable expenses paid

About this role

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 560 staff and 1,400 volunteers who, together, are dedicated to providing children with brain injury and neurodisability 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 have launched our 2020-2025 Strategy – Hope and Ambition –  which is setting us on a path of growth so that we can reach and support many more children with brain injury and neurodisability. We are moving to a more integrated way of working and holistic approach to share our knowledge and expertise with the child always at the centre.

A key part of this strategy will be to redevelop our site and, at the centre, we intend to build a new start-of-the art school and with the aim to increase the number of children on roll and also develop innovative new services so more children can benefit from our specialist expertise and unique curriculum.

Who we are looking for

To enable us to achieve our ambitions we are looking for a new Trustee with Special Educational needs experience. You will be required to:

  1. Support the future development of the Education strategy;
  2. Provide support and appropriate challenge to the Director of Education and the School’s senior management team in the delivery of the School Development Plan;
  3. Through your 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.

We are ideally looking for a person who has had leadership experience in SEN settings, has comprehensive understanding of the Ofsted framework and can also operate as the Chair of Governors for our School. This may have been gained as a school leader, as an Ofsted inspector, or as a School Improvement Partner.

For a confidential conversation please contact our advising consultant:

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 23rd November 2020

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee and Chair of Governors of our School.

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We have an ambition that all children and young people living with a brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

We have been established as a charity for 36 years, and employ 560 staff as well as enjoy the invaluable support of 1,400 volunteers. You will be joining us at an exciting time and play a key part in helping deliver our strategy – Hope and Ambition.

A core part of the new strategy is a New Build to replace our existing School building. This will help us fulfil our ambition to grow our education services.

We are also extremely proud of our current regulatory ratings:

  • ‘Outstanding’: Care Quality Commission (for our Care services);
  • ‘Outstanding’: Ofsted Care (for our Children’s Home);
  • ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding Leadership & Management’: Ofsted Education (for The Children’s Trust School).

This demonstrates you would be joining an organisation that puts ‘quality’ at the top of our agenda where we focus on the services we provide to the children and their families. They are always our priority.

I do hope you will pursue your interest in applying for this role. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Duncan Ingram
Chair of Trustees

The UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and complex health needs

The Children's Trust Director of Clinical Services executive recruitment

The Children’s Trust provides rehabilitation, medical care, special education, community services and expert information.

Our key services are:
• Rehabilitation for children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI);
• A residential 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 Brain Injury Hub.

Our residential services based at our national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, work in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to provide a step-down pathway of care between hospital and home. The centre is entirely child and family focused to ensure that their needs are appropriately supported.

Providing rehabilitation, medical care, special education, community services and expert information

In the community, we provide clinical support to complement local services and give children and young people with ABI the best chance of succeeding at home and in school.

We are the only paediatric centre with a national specialised commissioning contract (through NHS England) to provide brain injury rehabilitation for children with severe brain injury. Our other services are funded through local health commissioners (such as clinical commissioning groups), social care and education authorities, together with the millions raised through voluntary fundraising.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the 24-acre Tadworth site features a state of the art hydrotherapy pool, accommodation for parents, specially adapted equipment, soft play areas and a wheelchair-accessible tree house.

We run a non-maintained special school for children with complex education, health, therapy and care needs with associated residential houses. The Children’s Trust School supports children and young people from 2 – 19 years old and is dual-registered with the Care Quality Commission (the school residential houses) and Ofsted.

The Children’s Trust is a charitable organisation with 560 staff and 1,400 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 one of our 18 charity shops.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

At The Children’s Trust we recognise how important it is to have leadership that reflects the children, young people and families that we support. We recognise that a Board of Trustees comprised of a range of skills, backgrounds and experiences will help us to better understand the needs of those we serve, and how we can best represent their interests. We therefore particularly welcome Trustee applications from disabled people, individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds and those from other under-represented groups.

The Children’s Trust is committed to promoting and achieving equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across all levels of the organisation. You can read more about the work we are undertaking to achieve this through the following link:

Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion

More information

The Children’s Trust website

Annual report and accounts

Ofsted & CQC


Board meeting dates for 2021:

Friday 29th January
Friday 26th March (to approve the Budget)
Friday 28th May
Friday 2nd July (to approve the Accounts)
Friday 10th September (and AGM)
Friday 26th November

Educational Governance Committee dates:

Monday 7th December 2020
Monday 8th March 2021
Monday 21st June 2021
Monday 11th October 2021

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    If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

    To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification and explains your motivation for applying.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “SEN Trustee, The Children’s Trust” into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

    Disabled applicants 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 job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    The Children’s Trust is fully committed to protecting children and young people. All posts at The Children’s Trust are subject to an enhanced DBS check. If you are applying to The Children’s Trust, and are already registered with the DBS update service, this will speed up the recruitment process significantly. We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, regardless of their race, sex, disabilities, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation, or age.

    The Children’s Trust is committed to promoting and achieving equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across all levels of the organisation. You can read more about the work we are undertaking to achieve this through the following link: https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/about/statement-diversity-equity-Inclusion.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 23rd November 2020
    Interviews with Young Peoples Panel: Monday 30th November
    Interviews: Tuesday 1st & Thursday 3rd December

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