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Academy Head of Education

Birmingham City Football Club

Birmingham City Football Club is a professional football club in Birmingham, England. Formed in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, it was renamed Small Heath in 1888, Birmingham in 1905, and Birmingham City in 1943.

22 Apr 2022
Full Time
Closing date
29 May 2022

Core Responsibilities

  • Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
  • Have consistently high standards.
  • Communicate and engage with parents/guardians where appropriate.
  • Attend all professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
  • Monitor the well-being of Academy players at all times liaising with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures at all times.

Role Responsibilities

  • To ensure that the Academy`s education provision reflects the strategy and performance targets set in the Academy Performance Plan.
  • To play a key role in liaising with any partner agency involved in the education of Academy players.
  • To record each players’ education progress on the EMS and make interventions as and when necessary.
  • To track and monitor the educational progression of all Academy players and make necessary interventions when appropriate.
  • To provide education progress reports for all Academy players.
  • To ensure all Academy players receive performance reviews relevant to each phase and at a time stipulated by EPPP development rules.
  • To hold Parent/Player reviews relevant to phase and EPPP development rules.
  • To manage and safely store all education data related to players academic progress in accordance with GDPR legislation.
  • To attend any training or CPD delivered by FA/PL/EFL/LFE to support Academy players.
  • To plan and facilitate the delivery of enrichment activities on and off site to support the holistic development of the Academy players.
  • To collaborate with key staff to support the release/retain policy by providing the relevant wellbeing support.
  • To develop and maintain links with all Academy players schools and parents to ensure there is transparency in aims and objectives of our programme.
  • To ensure all schools and parents sign and return the school agreement in line with EFL rules for the Hybrid model and manage this effectively.
  • To effectively manage post 16 delivery with Loughborough College and the LFE, ensuring all contractual obligations are met.
  • To manage the delivery of the Sporting Excellence Program (SEP) supporting the learners to build key evidence for their e -portfolio and prepare them for end point assessments.
  • To provide appropriate pastoral and wellbeing support for Academy players.
  • To provide support for scholars that are not offered contracts including further training, exit trials, UCAS applications, USA scholarships.
  • To maintain and develop links with education departments of the national bodies and liaise when players attend national camps and fixtures.
  • To demonstrate consistent high standards of behaviour and to operate within the parameters of the laws of the game, the rules of the Football Association, the Premier League and the EFL.
  • It is expected that part duties may be carried out in the evenings, at weekends and through occasional residential events.

Key Skills & Experience

  • BEd, BA, or BSc degree or equivalent.
  • QTS teaching qualification.
  • Teaching experience at primary/secondary or higher education or equivalent.
  • Experience of delivering the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport.
  • Current and relevant experience of the education system and behaviour management
  • Knowledge of the OFSTED inspection framework including safeguarding and wellbeing provisions and thresholds.
  • Effective planning, organisational and implementation skills, with the ability to prioritise workloads and schedules to meet strategic objectives/timescales.
  • Proven ability to build strong links and networks with local schools and education providers, and the wider community stakeholders.
  • Ability to relate to, communicate with, and motivate young people to achieve, regardless of their previous educational attainment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including relevant ICT skills.
  • Proactive decision maker, with ability to manage others and to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Has the highest level of integrity and confidentiality, with the ability to contribute effectively at Senior Management level.
  • Flexible approach to working patterns.

Terms of Appointment

  • 37.5 hours per week.
  • 20 days annual leave (rising by 1 day per completed year of service, up to a maximum of 25 days, plus 8 statutory bank holidays).
  • 6-month probation period.

Only applicants that meet the above criteria will be considered for the role. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.

This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.

Birmingham City Football Club promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment, and we welcome applications from all individuals in society. If you have any particular requirements or need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment or interview process, please mention this in your application.

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