Royal Blind School

43 Canaan Lane


EH10 4SG

Tel: 0131 446 3120

Fax: 0131 447 9266



Head of Learning

Services: Education, Royal Blind

Job Type: Education, Management

Location: Royal Blind School, 43 Canaan Lane, Edinburgh, EH10 4SG

Salary: Competitive Salary

Position: Full Time

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contact Phone: 0131 229 1456 (Option 1 then Option 2)

Closing Date: 20/07/2020

Job Summary

Royal Blind is the world’s oldest national institution for blind people which serves children and adults. Its vision is for a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those with other disabilities, are fully included and leading fulfilling lives.


Royal Blind is looking to appoint a newly created and critical role of Head of Learning. This role will be focused on enriching education and care provision in all education sectors in Scotland and beyond, enabling the fullest possible inclusion of visually impaired learners. Responsible for the strategic development and ongoing operational success of Royal Blind’s current suite of learning and educational service provision, encompassing both the Royal Blind School and the expanding outreach service provision, the new Head of Learning will ensure all planning and delivery is child-centred.


Key priorities in the role include:


  • Establishing Royal Blind as the specialist organisation that supports the learning and education of children and young people with visual impairment in Scotland through the development, implementation and delivery of a vision associated with evolving Royal Blind’s suite of learning and education provision
  • Developing new and creative approaches to the delivery of learning and teaching both within the school, on an outreach basis and through other initiatives
  • Promoting, encouraging and developing positive strategic partnerships
  • Supporting the development and implementation of strategic plans, specifically by developing culture, processes and outcomes relating to learning and education
  • Building evidence and quantifying the positive impact of current / future services
  • Directly supporting the wider culture change programme across the organisation encouraging and introducing new ways of thinking and working


A strategic ‘educationalist’ with a current and full GTCS (or equivalent) registration and possessing or be prepared to achieve the Into Headship qualification, you will be an inspiring, solutions focused and forward-thinking leader. With relevant experience in delivering high quality learner-centred services, ideally working with children and young people with significant and complex additional needs, you will also be able to establish and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders at a senior and strategic level. 


Possessing the ability to take a creative approach in respect to packages of learning and education the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate:


  • The ability to deliver stretching objectives through effective prioritisation, and efficient use of resources
  • Evidence of successful strategic and operational resource management
  • A strong approach to performance management with the ability to define and measure outcomes of success
  • Sound working knowledge and understanding of current legislation and responsibilities in Education, Care and Health and their impact on the delivery of education for pupils in special schools
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion coupled with the willingness to challenge stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and bias


For more information on this exciting role please contact Douglas Adam at Livingston James, our retained recruitment partner, or visit


All third party introductions will be forwarded to Livingston James