About the successful candidate
- We are looking for someone with a passion for making complex concepts accessible for the autistic learner.
- A child-centred practitioner who responds to the individual needs of each child.
- A teacher with good knowledge and understanding of autism and social communication needs and appropriate strategies to support pupils with this need. E.g. TEACCH
- A creative and flexible approach to teaching that builds success through challenge, personalisation and innovation.
- The confidence and skills to build positive relationships that help to break down barriers, build self-esteem.
- A commitment to enabling all our pupils to overcome their challenges and achieve their potential both socially and academically.
- Experience of primary, secondary (KS3) or specialist provision beneficial.
The Springfields Academy is an academy over two sites in Calne and Salisbury.We aspire to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement. Additionally, we hold the National Autistic Society Advanced specialist award and are recognised as an Ofsted good school.
We are an acknowledged centre of excellence for Autism; we are highly reflective in our practices, and are continually working to improve our provision and practices. We provide a personalised curriculum journey that enables leaners with a diagnosis of autism to develop skills in areas of need and to overcome their barriers to learning. The drive to build ‘safe Independent lives’ shapes this curriculum and everything else that we do.The Academy has a PAN of 210.
What we can offer you:
- The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people with autism.
- The chance to deliver an engaging and creative functional curriculum that builds independent life skills.
- A close-knit team of professionals who work in a supportive and inspirational environment.
- An outstanding learning community that engages pupils and develops positive attitudes to learning.
- The opportunity to be involved in wider-school life through trips, clubs, collapsed timetable days, Duke of Edinburgh etc.
- On-going, specialist professional development.
- A comprehensive CPD package with opportunities for individual development and development of knowledge linked to good autism practice
- A commitment to ‘Healthy Working Lives’ through a comprehensive trust Employee Assistance programme
- A work laptop
- Your own classroom
- Small class sizes, usually of 8-10 learners
The role of Autism SEND Teacher is an exciting role working at our Calne Site. The core purpose of the role is to develop and deliver a holistic academic, social communication and life skills curriculum for our pupils with autism.
It is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to create a developmental learning experience that not only enables the pupils to develop within our setting but maximises opportunities to develop the skills for a ‘safe, independent life’ using autism enablement structures and systems.
The role requires the successful candidate to have an understanding/commitment to understanding the theories of autism and how they can be applied in practice to meet individual need; in addition to creativity, flexibility, resilience and a commitment to meeting the needs of our pupils through innovative provision and pedagogy.
Part of the excitement of teaching at Springfields is the broad range of individuals that you will care for. Our young people with autism may have sensory needs, speech and language difficulties, or other conditions such as social, emotional and mental health needs. A key aspect of working at Springfields is taking the time to get to know pupils and their individual needs, and given their complexity, being able to create a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment is crucial.
You will be joining a happy, hardworking and well-established team of over 20 teachers across the academy. You will also work in partnership with our multi-disciplinary therapy team.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring section of the application form before submitting.
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