Ministry of Justice Careers – Neurodiversity Manager

Website Ministry of Justice

Job Description:

The post holder will be responsible for leading on support for prison residents with needs arising from neurodivergence. Developing and implementing, through close collaboration with stakeholders, a “whole system” principle is of paramount importance, with the focus firmly on supporting individuals to achieve and progress through Education, Skill and Work pathways throughout their sentence. The Neurodiversity Support Manager (NSM) will liaise with the Learning and Skills Manager (LSM) and the education provider to ensure prisoners are supported, whether engaged with education or not, and that they continue to be supported in the community, including by the probation teams. The post holder will provide support and guidance to ensure that all staff and stakeholders share the same vision and ethos of Neurodiversity. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Working with Senior Management Team (SMT) to implement, maintain, invest and update it as necessary.
  • Develop and maintain Neurodiversity needs strategy for the prison, incorporating and working with key stakeholders. This should include as a minimum: Curriculum and Learning Progression lead, LSM, Head of Reducing Reoffending (HoRR), Provider education and/or curriculum managers (including regional leads), Employment lead, New Futures Network (NFN) broker, Prison Work Coach, Head of Offender Management Unit, libraries, Information Advice and Guidance (IAG), activities, gym, industries manager, key worker
    Focus on improving and ensuring that the quality of neurodiversity support and provision across ESW is at least good and moving towards outstanding. This is to include assessment of quality to inform the prison education, skills and work improvement plan which can be applied across various learning channels, e.g. classroom, industries, work areas, workshops, gym etc.
  • Track the progress of prisoners with neurodiversity in education, learning and work (including kitchen, horticulture, waste management industries/workshops, wing work and orderly/peer roles), analyse data and identify any participation and achievement gaps and address these.
  • Ensure that the needs of neurodiverse prisoners are considered in terms of availability of activities, appropriate adaptations and reasonable adjustment as required and sufficient places by working with the LSM, activities and industries managers.
  • Raise awareness of Neurodiversity in the prison. Upskilling workforce to support a whole prison approach to supporting prisoners with neurodivergence using full staff briefings, internal communications and 1-2-1 processes but the list of opportunity is not exhaustive.
  • Manage the collection and collating Neurodivergent data at local level. Continually analyse and evaluate current practice for how neurodiversity provision is tailored to the needs of a wide range of prisoners, including those who are hard to reach, vulnerable prisoners, and those for whom English is not their first language.
  • Develop and maintain the systems and structures to ensure that delivery of all Education, Skills and Work activity is appropriate to all cohorts. Recommend and test related solutions leading into an improvement plan.
  • Case manage prisoners who require additional support to ensure it is both appropriate and helpful. Ensuring individual prisoners’ neurodiversity related information is shared, appropriately and lawfully, with relevant prison teams.

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge and use of the Microsoft suite of packages particularly Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint.
  • Evidence of innovation and impact in an educational context.
  • Detailed knowledge of OFSTED/Estyn’s EIF (Education Inspection Framework) and further education and skills criteria.
  • Strong written and excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Worked in a complex multi-agency operational setting to achieve mutual outcomes.
  • History of developing highly effective partnerships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Experience of implementing change, preferably within an educational setting.
  • Experience of operating in a specialist neurodiversity role.
  • Level 4 Certificate in Supporting the learning of learners with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)/ Additional Learning Needs (ALN).
  • Experience of working within the Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs and Disabilities field.
  • Alternatively; Extensive relevant work experience of working with Neurodiverse learners in a custodial setting.
  • PGCE, Cert Ed or Level 5 in Education and Training.
  • Substantial teaching experience that has developed a range of strategies for developing accessible and appropriate resources to match the specific learning needs of individuals / cohorts of learner.
  • Experience of setting goals and achieving targets.
  • Level 4 TAQA qualifications in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes or equivalent, Level 7
  • Diploma in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy.

Job Details:

Company: Ministry of Justice

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Nottingham, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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