5 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    29 August 2024

  • Closing date

    29 April 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    28 March 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: 27.5 hours contact time per week 52 weeks per year

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

1 SEN Point

What skills and experience we're looking for

This post would suit a teacher with a strongly evidenced interest in SEN; this could be an experienced teacher, or an Early Career Teacher – we are very keen to appoint the right person for this post.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, proactive and hard-working teacher who is an outstanding classroom practitioner and is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEN and/or disability and their families. Each teacher has responsibility for leading a curriculum area across the school.

The successful candidate will be:

  • Committed to developing personalised learning, curriculum and assessment for children and young people with SLD/PMLD/ASC/CLDD, using a wide range of teaching strategies, resources and assessment tools.
  • Committed to developing subject leadership within an SEN setting
  • Able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of how children and young people learn and develop, and of the pastoral role in this context.
  • Highly motivated and flexible, and committed to developing own, and others’, CPD.
  • Creative, innovative and quick to learn.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent initiative and organisational skills.
  • Keen to lead, and to join, a committed, hard-working and supportive team.
  • Committed to partnership working, both within school and with outside agencies.
  • Passionate about their role in improving outcomes and life chances for children and young people with disabilities

An understanding of child development and experience of, or strongly evidenced interest in, teaching or supporting children and young people with SEN is essential - further training in aspects of Special Education will be provided, as appropriate. The school is organised in to 3 Phases (EYFS/KS1, 7-14, and 14-19), has particular strengths in Communication, the Arts, PE and Sport, PSHE and Thinking Ahead (including work-related learning and careers), and a particular commitment to extra-curricular enrichment, including outdoor learning and adventure, and residential visits.

What the school offers its staff

Oak Field School is a Special School for 166 pupils aged 3-19 with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities, broadly SLD (severe learning difficulties) and PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties). This includes some pupils with challenging behaviours linked to SLD, and pupils with ASC, sensory needs, and/or complex health needs. This is a permanent post, to start in Autumn Term 2023. There is also the possibility of a 1-year temporary post in the first instance.

We are an extremely active, lively and welcoming school, committed to giving all our children and young people the best possible opportunity to engage in learning, achieve, make progress, and maximise their communication, choice-making and independence skills. We have high expectations of the children, young people and ourselves, and we appreciate and celebrate our achievements fully. The school is a member of the Nottingham Schools Trust (NST), and holds a number of national awards and accreditations, including Quality Mark, Arts Mark Gold, the International School Award and Healthy Schools Award.

Since Oak Field is a unique specialised educational setting, we strongly advise that before you apply for this post you have a detailed look at our website (oakfieldschool.org.uk), especially the 4-minute video and the Learning At Home tab. Then have an informal telephone conversation with Patricia Lewis (Headteacher) between 9.30am and 5pm to find out more about the role and to arrange a visit to the school during school hours, when you will be able to spend some time in class. We cannot stress enough how important this is, to support your application.

Further details about the role

This post would suit a teacher with a strongly evidenced interest in SEN; this could be an experienced teacher, or an Early Career Teacher – we are very keen to appoint the right person for this post. Please apply only if you have QTS, or will have achieved this by August 2023. Applications are welcome both from Primary and Secondary teachers since you will be using lots of transferable skills - as an all-age school we have considerable flexibility. Key Stage/class placement is reviewed annually, and by consultation, both to meet the school’s need and to provide opportunities for CPD.

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 Oak Field School

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 19
School size
161 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 19
Phone number
0115 9153265

Oak Field School is a Special School for 168 pupils aged 3 – 19 with a wide range of learning difficulties (SLD, PMLD, ASD and CLDD) and/or physical disabilities, including complex health needs, sensory needs, and some challenging behaviours linked to disability.

Arranging a visit to Oak Field School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email admin@oakfield.nottingham.sch.uk.

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