The Springfields Academy, Reach South Academy Trust is growing! to support this period of growth we are seeking to appoint an Autism/SEND Teacher to join the School in January 2024.
Post: Autism/SEND Teacher
Location: The Springfields Academy, Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DS
FTE Salary Range: MPS 1 – 6, £28,000 to £38,810 per annum, plus SEN allowance
Contract Type: Permanent, full time
Contract Hours: 32.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
About the role
The role of Autism SEND Teacher is an exciting role working with our team 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.
About the successful candidate
We are looking for someone with a passion for making complex concepts accessible for the autistic learner, and:
- A child-centred practitioner who responds to the individual needs of each child.
- A teacher with/a commitment to gaining 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 or specialist provision beneficial.
About the School
The Springfields Academy is a Reach South Academy for young people aged 5-19 with autism. We have 210 pupils attending our site in Calne. Our goal is to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement.
The Springfields Academy is an academy based in Calne and we aspire to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement.
South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of
England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education. We operate 17 academies in Devon,
Bournemouth, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. We are building this Trust on a clear set of
values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and
principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them
to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful
citizens for today and all of their tomorrows.
Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and
young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the
expectations that others put on them. We
do this through the development of a talented and committed workforce. In order
to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated
staff across all parts of the organisation.
within Reach South belong to a national community of professionals, and benefit
from a wide range of networks and development opportunities across the Trust.
In time, our best teachers are able to work across schools, develop specialisms
and step up to leadership roles within and beyond their own academy. The Trust
provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high
expectations for staff and pupils alike.
we recruit are able to demonstrate that they share our values,
are highly motivated to work with colleagues, within and beyond their
school, to continuously develop their skills and pursue professional
If you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development and have any questions about the position, please get in touch by calling Rachel Barnes, Operations Manager on 01249 814125 or email at Rbarnes@springfields.wilts.sch.uk.
Closing date: for applications is 26th November 2023
Interview Date: Interviews are provisionally booked for week commencing 4th December 2023
To apply for this opportunity, please complete our online application form by clicking ‘apply now’ on the advert.
We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date. Therefore, an early application is strongly advised.
Opportunities and Benefits
We offer a competitive salary plus TPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities, access to our Employee Assistance Programme with many other benefits.
We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training.
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.
Please note that Reach South Academy Trust is a licenced Sponsor for CoS applications and therefore can consider applications from candidates eligible to apply for Teaching and Teaching Leadership roles (only). For all other roles applicants are required to provide the required documentation where a candidate does not need a Skilled Worker Visa.
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