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  • Start date details

    1st September 2024 or ASAP

  • Closing date

    18 April 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    21 March 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

1 x SEN Point

What skills and experience we're looking for




Qualified teacher status.


(related to Teachers’ Standards due to pay range possibilities)

Evidence of continuing professional development.

Advanced qualification in SEN.

Ability to contribute to development of others.

Essential Experience

Excellent skills in teaching pupils with severe learning difficulties/ autism.

Secure knowledge of Assessment, Recording & Reporting practices.

Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of curricular issues and legislation for pupils with SLD/ASC.

Up-do-date knowledge of augmentative and assisted communication methods to develop receptive and expressive language skills within a total communication environment.

Demonstrate a sound understanding of the philosophy of play-based learning, planning and delivering effective holistic learning opportunities.

Consistently and effectively use a range of strategies for teaching and classroom management.

Be able to lead and inspire a class team.

Be able to monitor holistic development and progress.

Desirable Experience

Evidence of working closely with parents & families and responding to their needs.

Experience of working with mainstream and other schools to maximise inclusion opportunities.

Evidence of working closely with other professionals.

Evidence of relevant contributions to developing and/or implementing school improvement plans.

Essential Skills

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

A ‘can do’ approach to initiatives.

Ability to produce personalised education/positive management plans following assessment and collaboration with other professionals.

Ability to motivate and inspire a team.

Desirable Skills

Commitment to developing mobility of pupils with physical needs.

Ability to use an appropriate range of ICT resources to support communication, teaching & learning and curriculum access.

The ability to lead and manage a curriculum subject or area of SEND specialism.

Essential - Personal Qualities

Excellent attendance, punctuality and reliability.

Personal impact and presence in the classroom.

Reliability, dedication and integrity.

The ability to plan own and others’ time effectively.

An understanding of and a personal commitment to the Vision and Values of Millstead School.

Ability to work under pressure.

Commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable young people.

Commitment to equal opportunities.

Energy, creativity and a sense of humour.

What the school offers its staff

Due to the significant expansion of our provision across 2 sites in the north and south of Liverpool, Millstead School will be able to transform the lives of more children who have severe learning difficulties, profound & multiple learning difficulties or complex autism.

The governors and headteacher of our OUTSTANDING school (Ofsted January 2024) are looking to appoint a number of talented teachers who are aspirational for themselves and the children they support. Experience of working with children and young people who have severe learning difficulties and/or complex autism is an essential requirement.

About our school:

At Millstead School, we aim to provide a world-class education for all pupils which transforms their lives and the lives of their families. In September 2024, there will be 250 pupils on roll aged 2 – 11 years, based in the Everton and Naylorsfield areas of the city. All pupils have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) which recognises their severe and complex needs.

Our “extraordinary and ambitious” curriculum follows 3 distinct learning pathways:

Ø Cohort 1: Pre-Formal learners with complex autism or profound & multiple learning difficulties. These pupils are below Pre-Key Stage Standards and are working within the Engagement Model;

Ø Cohort 2: Pre-Formal learners who are in the Early Years. These pupils are also below Pre-Key Stage Standards and are working within the Engagement Model. For many of these children, joining the Millstead family will be their first experience of an educational setting;

Ø Cohort 3: Semi-Formal learners in Key Stage 1 and 2. These pupils are working within Pre-Key Stage Standard in English and Maths.

About the role:

We are seeking to recruit excellent practitioners with a sound knowledge and understanding of severe learning difficulties and early childhood development who want to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families. Teachers should be dynamic in their approach to making learning fun and accessible for all pupils.

The successful candidates will work with a talented and friendly staff team who are both forward thinking and innovative, and who have high expectations of themselves and the pupils they support.

Amongst other things teachers must: - Be a positive role model and lead by example - Have high aspirations and a commitment to excellence for all - Be reliable and self-reliant - Be committed to working with pupils, parents and staff to raise standards - Have resilience.

At Millstead School no two days are ever the same. Some days are challenging, most days are fun, and every day is rewarding

Further details about the role

Job Description: Class Teacher

This job description may be amended at any time, following consultation between the Head Teacher and Teacher, and will be reviewed annually.

Purpose of the job: To provide a high equality educational experience for all children.

Directly responsible to: Head Teacher

Functionally responsible to: Deputy Head Teacher/Cohort Lead

Principal Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • To carry out the duties of a school teacher as set out in the ‘School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions’ document 2023 School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2023 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions (valid from 1 September 2023) (publishing.service.gov.uk) (and subsequent publications).
  • To continue to meet the required standards for Qualified Teacher Status Teachers' standards - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
  • To be committed to the values, ethos and continuing success of the school.
  • Knowledge and Understanding:

    • Understand how pupils’ learning is affected by their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.
    • Understand the stages of child development and make all necessary adaptations to meet these, and to address the needs identified in their Education, Health and Care Plan.
    • Understand how to effectively promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural education with pupils who have severe learning difficulties and complex autism.
    • Select and make good use of ICT skills for classroom and management support.
    • Be aware of and support the schools’ current systems and structures as outlined in policy documents including the Child Protection Policy.
    • Understand and know how data can be used to set clear targets for pupils’ achievement.

    Planning, Teaching and Class Management:

    • Provide clear structures for lessons and for sequences of lessons, which maintain pace, motivation and challenge.
    • Be an enthusiastic classroom leader with presence, energy and a sense of humour.
    • Set high standards and be an effective role model for pupils and other staff members.
    • Make effective use of assessment information on pupils’ progress and achievement and in planning future lessons.
    • Ensure effective teaching of whole classes, groups and individual, establishing high expectations of behaviour and achievement, so that learning objectives are met.
    • Use a variety of teaching and learning styles to motivate and keep all pupils engaged.
    • Evaluate own teaching critically to improve effectiveness.
    • Manage and lead a team of additional needs support assistants to ensure that they are deployed effectively, and school policies and procedures are followed appropriately.

    Monitoring, Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Accountability

    • Assess and record each pupil’s progress systematically with reference to the school’s current practice, including the social and emotional progress of each child and use the results to inform planning.
    • Annotate pupils’ work and learning journey books, providing sufficient information to set future targets.
    • Provide reports on individual progress to the Head Teacher, parents and Local Authority as required.

    Other Professional Requirements

    • Be able to prioritise and manage own time effectively, particularly in relation to balancing the demands made by admin duties, teaching and working collaboratively with colleagues.
    • Be an effective leader by directing and co-ordinating the work of support staff.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional colleagues and parents.
    • Deal sensitively with people and resolve conflict professionally.
    • Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing to a range of audiences.
    • Participate as required in meetings with professional colleagues and parents in respect of the duties and responsibilities of the post.
    • Take responsibility for own professional development, seeking advice and support when necessary.
    • Be able to work under pressure and to agreed deadlines.

    These responsibilities may be reviewed at any time with due consultation and will be reviewed as part of ongoing review of staffing and responsibility structures in keeping with the changing needs of the school.

    Commitment to safeguarding

    Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment to keeping children safe. Any offer of employment will be subject to statutory pre-employment checks including satisfactory references and Enhanced DBS and Barred List checks. This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013 & 2020) and shortlisted candidates will be required to disclose any relevant criminal history prior to interview.
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    Applying for the job

    If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

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    About Millstead School

    School type
    Special school, ages 2 to 11
    School size
    136 pupils enrolled
    Age range
    2 to 11
    Phone number

    Millstead is a primary special school with a community of fantastic children who have a wide range of interests, abilities and additional needs (including severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, sensory impairments and autism).

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