Behaviour for Learning (BFL) Lead

Post: Behaviour for Learning Lead  

Scale: Scale 6 / SO1 (SCP 18-25)

Contract Term: Term Time Only plus 5  Days, 35 hours per week

Contract Type: Term Time | Permanent

Start Date: 01/09/2022

The Whitley AP Academy are part of Impact Education Multi Academy Trust (“the Trust”), who are passionate about making a difference and inspiring children to be resilient and confident learners with a love for learning. We want our children to be excited about learning and to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across a wide curriculum. We believe in celebrating success and ensuring that children feel valued.

The Trust are on a mission to improve social mobility for the disadvantaged and to improve the life chances of children and young people. The Trust is a values driven organisation with the belief that collaborative leadership and strong partnership development can lead to significant positive impact on the quality of education. For more information about the Trust go to Impact Education Multi Academy Trust.

Please see attached Recruitment Pack for further information about this role, The Whitley AP Academy and the Trust.

To apply for this role please visit The Whitley AP Academy – Vacancies to download and complete an application form and self disclosure from. Completed forms should be returned to hr@i-mat.org.uk.

Closing Date: 9am Friday 24th July 2022

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• To encourage high levels of expectations in pupils with colleagues in the Academy.

• To promote positive behaviour management by modelling strategies which support the improvement of behaviour in the Academy.

• To be a visible presence around the Academy to ensure that appropriate pupil behaviour is maintained both in and out of lessons; to monitor the corridors daily; to monitor pupil behaviour at break and lunchtime as required around Academy.

• To lead the day-to-day management of the ‘Refocus / Removal’ system and detention system; to monitor patterns of pupil behaviour.

• To be part of the team which staff / run the ‘Alternative to Suspension’ provision in the Academy, ensuring that it meets the needs of pupils and is restorative by nature.

• To attend pastoral meetings with the pastoral team and exchange information about pupils.

• Under the direction of the BfL Manager, be responsible for the maintenance of specific documents relating to all facets of behaviour for learning, this includes – but is not limited to, Behaviour Management Plans, Pupil Profiles and Reduced Hours Forms.

• To liaise with parents in relation to the Behaviour for Learning system and policy; to be responsible for discussing sensitive issues with parents / carers as regards Behaviour, uniform, etc.

• To maintain regular contact with parents / carers of pupils needing extra support to keep informed of their child’s needs and progress and to secure positive family support and involvement.

• To maintain effective records of interventions with pupils, meetings with parents and external agencies.

• To line manage a team of the Academy’s Behaviour for Learning (BfL)Mentors and lead their performance management.

• To liaise with the BfL Mentors regarding specific pupils, discussing behaviour and share information as appropriate.

• To ensure that you take care of your own Health and Safety and that of your colleagues in-line with the Academy’s Health and Safety policy.

• To promote the provision of extra-curricular activities for pupils.

• To play a full part in the life of the Academy community supporting its distinctive mission and ethos, actively promoting its policies and practices.

• To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required by your Line Manager.

Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level or responsibility of the work to be undertaken, commensurate with the grade. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the post-holder will carry out, which would be determined by the Line Manager or Senior Leaders.

Person Specification

Post Grade: Scale 6 / SO1 (SCP 18 – 25)

Criteria – Essential (E) / Desirable (D) How Identified


Experience of working with Primary and Secondary aged pupils with special needs including emotional and behavioural difficulties. (E)

Experience of leading a pastoral team. (D)

Experience of working with parents, schools and support agencies. (E)

Experience of implementing effective strategies to promote positive behaviour. (D)

Experience of modelling good behaviour management techniques. (E)

Knowledge & Skills

High expectations which motivate and challenge pupils. (E)

Behaviour management skills to support the Academy’s culture. (E)

Ability to cope with the requirements of the post, which will include working with pupils who have emotional / behavioural / physical difficulties. (E)

Ability to relate to children / young people from diverse social backgrounds. (E)

Ability to effectively communicate verbally with children / young people, parents / carers and staff in the Academy. (E)

Exercising advisory, guiding, negotiating and persuasive skills. (E)

An understanding of the issues relating to pupils who have additional learning needs, more able and special educational needs. (D)

Written communication skills in order to produce reports and update records. (D)

Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team. (E)

Ability to support members of staff. (D)

Ability to remain calm under pressure. (E)

Demonstrate good co-operative, interpersonal and effective listening skills. (E)

Maintain confidentiality in matters relating to the Academy, its pupils, parents or carers; and an awareness of safeguarding issues. (E)

Willingness to lead staff training session on aspects related to the role. (D)

Awareness of child development. (D)

Good communication skills. (E)

Good ICT skills, including the use of Microsoft Office, SIMS and CPOMS. (D)

Qualifications / Training

GCSE English and Maths or equivalent e.g., Adult Literacy / Numeracy at Level 1. (E)

Other relevant qualifications relating to the post e.g., Level 2 NVQ in Health / Childcare, first aid qualification. (D)

Evidence of further training / development and / or willingness to participate in further training and development opportunities e.g., Team Teach, Moving & Handling, Special Educational Needs. (D)

A full driving licence. (E)

This is a truly amazing opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal chat, please call  0330 088 1857 or to apply for the role, please click the link attached here: https://i-mat.org.uk/working-for-us/

The Whitley AP Academy is committed to safeguarding staff and students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosing and Barring Service DBS check. All interviews will include a question about Safeguarding and any anomalies identified in pre-recruitment checks will be discussed at interview.