Sheffield United FC

Head of Education

Sheffield United FC



Role Type

Closing Date


Nov 30, 2021

Role description

An exciting opportunity has arisen with Sheffield United Training Academy to contribute to the development of professional footballers through raising aspirations and performance and helping to build ambition, confidence and resilience in our scholars. As Head of Education, you will be responsible for designing and implementing the Academy's Education Strategy from players at U9 through to U23, working in accordance with the requirements of the Academy's category status in accordance with Youth Development Rules.

We are looking for a committed and motivated individual, with experience of providing support, assistance and guidance to young adults and colleagues. You should have a proactive approach, with the ability to inspire those with whom you work to reach for their potential and beyond.

Role Responsibilities:

To provide age / training model appropriate academic support for all Academy players from Under 9 to Under 23.
To organise and ensure appropriate delivery of all components of the education programme for scholarship players including the Sporting Excellence Professional standard (SEP).
Based on initial assessment and prior attainment, ensure all Scholars are on appropriate education programmes that meet their individual academic needs.
To monitor and track the players progress in education at a minimum of every 12 weeks to ensure success.
To provide an appropriate education or development programme for Under 23 players / young pros.
To develop links with local education providers including local schools.
To organise, monitor and track the day release programme, including the Academy Education, for players in the age groups of Under 12 to Under 16 meeting the requirements of the Youth Development Rules and the Premier League's Academy Education Good Practice Guide.
To ensure suitable academic support for trialists and players joining Sheffield United Football Club from abroad / distance.
To be responsible for organising, in collaboration with other departments, an annual induction which is comprehensive for all players, plus when necessary, trialists or new signings.
To undertake all necessary liaison with parents, schools, and colleges to promote a good working relationship between all parties, ensuring that the best interests of the player are at the heart of all we do.
To implement a parent's education programme.
To ensure that the Education Department operates within the guidelines of the Youth Development Rules for the appropriate category.
To act as a member of the Academy Management Team in order to help shape the wider Academy strategy and values.
To support the implementation of a life skills programme for all Academy players.
To work with the Head of Safeguarding to ensure that the Academy acts in accordance with safeguarding legislation and provides a safe environment for all and provide support as required on welfare and safeguarding matters.
As a Designated Safeguarding Officer, support the Head of Safeguarding with specific activities and tasks.
To give support to apprentices for career guidance and counselling.
To support all players transitioning away from the Academy at any age group.
To represent the club at regional and national meetings held by the FA, the Football League, the Premier League, LFE and any other external stakeholder.
To liaise with parents, schools and colleges to promote good working relationships between all parties.

Essential Criteria for the role:

QTS - qualified teacher status or QTLS - Qualified Teacher and Learning Skills.
Experience of coordinating, delivering and evaluating an education programme.
Experience of delivering BTEC modules.
Organisational skills.
Excellent communication skills:
ability to communicate with parents/guardians
ability to communicate with players of all age ranges
ability to communicate with other team members across all phases.
Supervisory and management skills
FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
This role requires an enhanced criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Desirable Criteria for the role:

Experience of teaching in either a primary, secondary or tertiary sector.
Experience working in the football industry.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 30th November.
Please note that in the instance of high volumes of applications we may close this vacancy earlier than the closing date noted above.