- Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
- Working pattern
- Contract type
- Main Pay Scale, £25,712 rising to a maximum of £36,960 per annum
Hours/Contract: Permanent, FTE 1.0
The Role: The role of Autism/SEND Teacher is an exciting role working within our Phase 3 team. 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.
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
What 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.
Plus SEN Allowance
Applying for the job
Next Steps: So if you have any queries about this role, please get in touch by calling Rachel Barnes, Office Manager on 01249 814125 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact email@example.com for support.
All applications to be made directly through TES.
Closing date: for applications is Tuesday 5th October 2021 at Midnight.
Interview Date: Interviews will be held on week commencing 13th October 2021.More on how to apply (opens in new tab)
If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.
- School type
- Academy, ages 5 to 19
- Education phase
- School size
- 205 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 5 to 19
About The Springfields Academy
School Background: The Springfields Academy is an academy over two sites in Calne and Salisbury. This includes a residential provision at our Calne academy. We aspire to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement. Additionally, we are a ‘National Autistic Society Accredited Provision’ with over 90% of the current cohort having a diagnosis of Autism. All students have the potential to access a primary/secondary curriculum.
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 190.
Trust Background: 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 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset 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.