Early Years Classteacher
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, reflective and creative teacher to join our friendly and ambitious school. Experience of working with Early Years pupils with a range of complex needs is desirable. A passion for enabling pupils with SEN to achieve their full potential is essential.
• To provide a high quality educational experience for all children.
• Teach a class/groups of pupils, ensuring that planning, preparation, recording, assessment and reporting meet their complex learning, personal and social needs.
• Maintain the positive ethos and core values of the school, both inside and outside the classroom.
• Contribute to constructive team-building amongst teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and governors.
General duties and responsibilities
• To carry out the duties of a schoolteacher as set out in the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document.
• To continue to meet the required National Standards for teachers.
Strategic Direction and development of SEN provision nationally and regionally
• Understand evolving practice and information regarding SEN, as reflected in national and local contexts.
• Take account of the expectations of parents/carers and work with them in close partnership.
• Seek to integrate, as appropriate, multi-disciplinary or specialist advice into the teaching and learning process.
• Access and use relevant research, inspection and school self-evaluation evidence to inform assessment, curriculum and teaching provision.
Identification and assessment
• Assess and record each pupil’s progress systematically with reference to the school’s current practice, (including the social progress of each child) and use the results to inform planning.
• Mark and monitor class work and homework (if applicable), providing constructive feedback and setting targets for future progress.
• Use the prescribed targets in Individual Education Plans to develop criteria by which to judge pupil’s progress, and to establish a timescale by review and evaluation, whenever possible, including pupils and parent/carers in the key processes and procedures, and ensuring all understand what targets have been set and why.
• Prepare and write accurate assessment reports for reviews which give direct evidence of any added value provided by teaching, be understood and used by other professionals and parents /carers, and contribute to multi-professional assessment and placement decisions.
• Be aware of the advisory and support roles of the range of specialist services and agencies and, where appropriate, work jointly with them on planning, programme implementation and report compilation.
Effective teaching, ensuring maximum access to the curriculum
• Have knowledge of the National Curriculum.
• Plan and deliver in relation to the National Curriculum with regard for the school’s aim statement, own policies and schemes of work, the individualised teaching programmes for all children within the class.
• Use knowledge of the curriculum and assessment criteria to develop, adapt and evaluate teaching strategies for the maximum benefit of pupils. This includes providing clear structures for lessons and for sequences of lessons, which maintain pace, motivation and challenge.
• Set small and achievable targets for pupils whose progress is not clearly demonstrated when set solely against conventional assessment criteria.
• Identify individual learning outcomes and develop, implement and evaluate a range of approaches to help pupils achieve the learning outcomes.
• Use and manage efficiently and evaluate techniques, specialised aids and resources, including ICT where appropriate, to give greater access to the curriculum and assist in the promotion of independent learning and living skills.
• Take into account the effects on learning and behaviour of medications, medical treatments and therapeutic regimes.
• Work collaboratively with specialist and support staff to make effective use of teaching and learning environments.
• Monitor and intervene when teaching to ensure sound learning and discipline and maintain a safe environment in which pupils feel confident.
• Evaluate own teaching critically to improve effectiveness.
Promotion of social and emotional development, positive behaviour and preparation for adulthood.
• work with parents and carers and all involved agencies to agree approaches to each pupil’s personal development
• develop positive, consistent and non-confrontational approaches and techniques so as to promote positive relationships between pupils and adults in line with the Behaviour Policy.
• promote pupils’ knowledge and skills in personal, social, health and sex and relationship education to help them meet the challenges of their personal, social, family or leisure experiences;
• use opportunities to extend the whole curriculum and the general life and work of the school so as to enhance emotional growth and resilience.
Other Professional Requirements
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional colleagues and parents;
• Understand professional responsibilities and have a working knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation.
• Set a good example through your presentation and their personal and professional conduct.
• Plan for, organise and direct the work of Teaching Assistants in the classroom and support their professional development.
• Take part in and contribute to meetings that relate to teaching/curriculum; cooperate with and advise the Headteacher and other colleagues in the review, development and management of a subject/curricular area in the school (TBC).
• Contribute to the corporate life of the school through meetings, assemblies, shared projects and school functions.
• Participate in the Performance Management system for the appraisal of own performance and that of Teaching Assistants.
Post threshold expectations
• Provide a role model for teaching and learning.
• Make a substantial and sustained contribution to the raising of pupil standards and contribute effectively to the work of the school and the wider school team.
Essential educational requirements
B.Ed. PGCE, Teacher’s Certificate
Any relevant Open University Courses
Qualified Teacher Status
Essential skills and experience
Teaching experience with pupils with SEN (Special School or Mainstream)
Experience of providing a quality teaching and learning environment.
Teaching experience with children in Early Years.
Woodlands School is a Broad Spectrum Special School, which is part of Unity MAT, catering for pupils aged 4-19 years. We have a warm, mutually supportive and caring ethos with enthusiastic and skilled staff who are highly aspirational and committed to pupil welfare, progress and life-chances.
- Packington Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B46 3JE
- Not Applicable
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