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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    29 April 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    2 April 2024

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£30,000.00 - £46,525.00 Annually (FTE) MPS 1 - UPS 3 plus SEN allowance £2,539

[240328A] Autism/SEND Teacher and Mentor job summary

The Springfields Academy, Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional Autism/SEND Teacher and Mentor to join the School in September 2024.

Post: Autism SEND Teacher and Mentor

Location: The Springfields Academy, Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DS

FTE Salary Range: MPS/UPS plus SEN Allowance

Contract Type: Permanent

Contract Hours: Full-time, Monday to Friday

About the role

Springfields is undergoing planned expansion which sees the number of pupils on roll increasing in September. It’s a really exciting time to be joining us as we look to become OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ and re-accredit with our Advance NAS award. In addition to this, we are opening a new mentoring service and are looking for exceptional practitioners to join us on this journey.

What’s it like to be a SEND teacher and mentor at Springfields?

Many of our teachers find the chance to be truly child-centred professionally rewarding. Mentoring is a crucial role in supporting our pupils to integrate into school. You will have the opportunity to work with some of our amazing pupils on a one-to-one basis creating bespoke targets for them supporting them through the journey from home to school. Our curriculum is holistic and we value social and emotional progress as much as academic attainment. A key value at Springfields is our ‘Therapy First’ culture which underpins our educational approach. Staff enjoy working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with subjects such as animal therapy embedded in the timetable. You will also have a core focus on community engagement and life skills.

Who will I be teaching?

All of our learners have an EHCP and autism and/or SLCN. A passion for understanding autism and enabling autistic children is essential. You will also be working with pupils who have emotional based school avoidance. The learners on the mentoring pathway will have bespoke timetables working with key adults to support their integration into school. There is lots of support with planning and adapting teaching, and you will work closely with our SENCo and Therapy to create a child-centred approach.

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 a commitment to developing a 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, or specialist provision beneficial.

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

About the School

The Springfields Academy is a Reach South Academy for young people aged 4-19 for autistic pupils and pupils with SLCN. We have 210 pupils growing to 250 pupils in September. Our goal is to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement.

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.

About the Trust

Reach 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 Plymouth, 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.

Teachers 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.

Those 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 excellence.

Next Steps

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 the Marie Lopez on 01249 814125 or email mlopez@springfields.wilts.sch.uk

If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact recruitment@reachsouth.org for support.

Closing date: for applications is Sunday, 28th April 2024

Interview Date: Interviews are provisionally booked for w/c 6th May 2024

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.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About The Springfields Academy

School type
Academy, ages 5 to 19
School size
231 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 19

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