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Springboard Manager (S.E.N.D) Watford

SALARY: £34k-£40k basic, plus pension and performance-related pay

Location: Primarily Watford, with regular cross working at Letchworth and other Group sites

NHC have the perfect opportunity for you if:

  • You’re an ambitious leader looking to make the next step in your education leadership career in a vibrant, progressive, organisation.
  • You’re looking for a role that will support and offer you stretch from the senior management team, whilst being empowered to lead.
  • You’re looking for your next role in an organisation that strives for outstanding results.

Our specialist Springboard provision is based in two offsite centres, with one team in Letchworth and another at Watford. Springboard is a full-time personalised and therapeutic learning programme for young people, aged 16-24, who require additional support before progressing to a mainstream course or employment. Many of our students have a diagnosis or traits of high functioning Autistic Spectrum Condition and the associated emotional, behavioural and mental health needs. The discreet S.E.N.D. provision at NHC, including Springboard, was assessed as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017.

We are looking for a highly organised, innovative, team player who is motivated and committed to the success of students with SEND. If you can provide efficient and proactive management to inspire a high performing team to engage with our students, leading to high retention and achievement, then you will be successful here at NHC.


To lead and manage the Watford staff team and Springboard centre, in close collaboration with the Letchworth Springboard Manager to share good practice. The shared vision across the Springboard provision is ongoing improvement and growth, to meet increasing need, and to ensure a consistently high-quality student experience, outstanding achievement on programme and a successful transition onto Further Education or employment.



  • Basic Salary £34k – £40k.
  • Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Participation in the Group’s performance related pay scheme (PRP).
  • For a full outline of benefits, click here



  • At least 2 years experience of teaching students with S.E.N.D. and/or social, emotional and behavioural needs.
  • Degree educated with teaching qualification and other relevant professional qualifications.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing and motivating a high performing team
  • Experience of growing a successful provision
  • Knowledge of the needs of the target student group e.g. high functioning autism.
  • Knowledge of S.E.N.D. reforms including EHCPs and the preparing for adulthood framework (PfA).
  • Experience of reviewing Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) within statutory timeframes, leading annual EHCP reviews and/or attending conversion meetings to ensure EHCP outcomes are embedded within teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Good analytical skills with proven ability to use management information to identify issues and opportunities to drive quality and performance.
  • Experienced observer of classroom teaching and learning support and writing detailed, evaluative reports.
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence at all levels both internally and externally.
  • Experience of safeguarding process and procedures (ideally previous experience of undertaking a Deputy Safeguarding role within a similar environment).


  • Lead the Watford Springboard centre in delivering an outstanding student experience, which engages, inspires and prepares students for further education or the world of work.
  • Ensure the delivery of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment across both Springboard centres.
  • Develop and continue to evolve a responsive, relevant, curriculum offer, which complements that offered by the Schools Trust sponsored by the college; work with marketing, communications and events to define a clear proposition.
  • Observe, coach and mentor the Springboard team to improve teaching, learning and the attainment of each individual.
  • Deliver against agreed; recruitment, retention, attendance, achievement, value added, work experience measures to ensure the best possible outcomes for students.
  • Line manage and performance manage the Springboard Watford team.
  • Work collaboratively with schools, parents/carers and other involved professionals to recruit, retain and support young people (with High Functioning Autism and associated Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties) with their transition to and from Springboard.
  • Ensure full compliance with S.E.N.D. legislation; including reviewing of Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) within statutory timeframes, leading annual EHCP reviews and/or attending conversion meetings in addition to ensuring EHCP outcomes are embedded within teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Lead on the initial response to safeguarding concerns, at the centre, with a view to training as a deputy safeguarding person (DSP).
  • Represent and promote the provision to both internal and external audiences including representing Springboard/NHC at local and national events.
  • Assist the Head of Curriculum with managing the departmental budget.





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    North Hertfordshire College (NHC) is a further education college with over 8,000 students across a wide range of curriculum areas.

    Everything we do at NHC is about helping students to achieve what they want to be in life.  That means helping them to develop both the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their chosen occupational area and the employability skills that we know employers require of young people when they enter the world of work.

    NHC is part of the Hart Learning Group which also includes Hart Learning & Development, a progressive learning and development business that helps business clients of all sizes to engage with emerging talent, and the Hart Schools Trust – a burgeoning multi-academy trust which sponsors a small number of schools in our local community.

    We are currently working towards an ambitious five-year strategy.  We want NHC to be Outstanding by 2020.  To realise our strategy, we need the best people around.  We’re building an amazing team, all of whom share our passion, pace and commitment to helping our students achieve what they want to be in life.



    The Hart Learning Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

    To view our fair recruitment forms, please click here for equality and diversity declaration.

    Please note these vacancies may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.


    “We are always looking for ways to improve and deliver excellent customer service. Jobs are challenging at times, flexible, rewarding and allow you to meet a range of people from across the group. Most importantly I have fun and enjoy working in my team and for the company.”

    Kathy Levy - Curriculum Administrator