Job Details

Job Title: Head of Education
Salary: £45,000 - £48,000 dependent on experience
Location: Falkland House School, Falkland Estate, Falkland, Fife, Scotland, KY15 7AE
Hours: Full-Time, Term-Time


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Head of Education to join The Falkland House School Team. Someone who can lead by example and can provide inspiration and motivation to our staff and students would be perfect for this role.


About the School

Falkland House School specialises in providing integrated education and care to boys aged 8-19 on the Autistic Spectrum with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome, as well as a number of other conditions.

They may find it difficult to cope in a mainstream educational environment and their difficulties might also impact on interpersonal relationships in other aspects of their lives, particularly with their peer group and at home. We provide residential and day places to boys from early primary to aged 18, with residential placements of both 39 weeks and 52 weeks offered.

The school has a well-established reputation for excellence in the quality of its service provision and for achieving positive educational and socially inclusive outcomes. We intend that our pupils should be happy and fulfilled through involvement in rewarding learning experiences, within an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and goodwill.


About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role

Working with the Principal, you will provide an educational vision and direction that secures effective teaching, successful learning an achievement of students. To prepare our young people for adult life, we need to develop their personal, social and practical skills to give them the best opportunities possible. You will formulate the overall aims and objectives of the school in accordance with our Mission statement and development plan.

Being the exemplar of teaching in the school will be essential and you will ensure all involved are committed to the aims and motivated to achieve targets to secure educational success of our students. Our staff team will be supported in the production of effective lesson preparation and you will monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching across the school. Our aim is to create and maintain an environment that enables good teaching, effective learning and good behaviour to help teachers meet the standards set out in our professional development framework.


Who we are looking for

We are looking to hear from individuals with the ability and ambition to inspire a multi-disciplinary team to deliver outstanding learning for children and young people with special education needs. Our Head of Education must have good communication skills and the ability to lead and manage strategically is vital.

We want someone who places a focus on the positive outcomes of our children and takes responsibility for helping improve the lives of our young people. While experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs is desirable, excellent leadership skills, the right motivation and personal qualities are just as important.


Essential Criteria

  • Must have lead improvement in an Educational setting.
  • Ability to work collegiately to inspire change.
  • Must have excellent administrative skills.
  • Have up to date knowledge of key National Priorities, specifically related to ASL.
  • Meet the new legal registration requirements to work in the Independent School Sector, Scotland.
  • Have proven record of working constructively with parents and partner agencies.
  • Be committed to continuous professional development.
  • Demonstrable experience in raising both achievement and attainment.
  • Must have experience of working within a setting delivering integrated Education and Care.


Why work for us

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • Free School meals on site
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path


Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact the recruitment team at

Acorn care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.