45 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    30 August 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    25 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

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Key stage

Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5



Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week

Contract type


Pay scale

M1 to U3

Additional allowances

SEN allowance

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking to recruit a creative, dynamic and inspirational teacher for a unique role within special education. You will have a good working knowledge of the English curriculum and relevant specifications up to KS5. We acknowledge that this covers both a primary and secondary curriculum and therefore requires a special skill-set. As such, we are looking for someone who is willing to become confident in the assessment criteria and curricula demands this presents. We are looking for someone to become a resilient practitioner who is able to command the requirements of such a broad curricula and lead English across the school. You may not yet be an existing subject lead, or even work within special education; however, Meadows is an excellent school to develop your skills professionally and build an exciting career.

We are looking for an inspirational practitioner to lead a department and curriculum to work with staff and students in all key-stages. In finding the best candidate, we are open to flexible working patterns.

We are looking for someone who is able to adopt a flexible and solution focussed approach in teaching both challenging and vulnerable students. It is imperative that you have the passion for making a difference to the education and lives of the young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships. You should be a team player, resilient and motivated by challenge and have the ability to think creatively. You will need to be willing to work to Barnardo's Basis and Values.

You will need to be an inspiring practitioner, who is able to deliver a differentiated curriculum to students who are disengaged, with depressed literacy and numeracy skills and low self-esteem. You would need to be fit and able to conduct TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) holds and physical restraints, once fully trained. You will work within a dedicated team, where a proactive and flexible approach is required. The maximum number of students on roll is 100, split over 4 key-stages.

What the school offers its staff

Meadows School is a successful non-maintained day special school (for students aged 7-19) run by Barnardo's, providing education for pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Speech and Language difficulties and associated learning difficulties.

Meadows has an all-through curriculum for key-stages 2-3 and 4-5. In key-stage 2 and 3 we focus on the fundamentals of reading and writing, following the National Curriculum, differentiated to meet the needs of our students. In key-stage 4-5, students work towards various accredited qualifications, ranging from Entry Level Certificates, Functional Skills and GCSE.

Benefits of working for Meadows School;

  • Small class sizes with high staff: student ratios
  • Flexibility in curriculum design to meet students' need
  • Extensive CPD opportunities and in-house training programmes
  • Free school lunches
  • Free on-site parking
  • Discretionary sick pay scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (health and wellbeing)
  • Staff Benefits platform

For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please consult the school website at:https://www.meadowsschool.org.uk/or contact Meadows School on 01892 529144 or via email atenquiries@meadowsschool.org.uk

Visits to the school are encouraged.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification and Job Description.This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

Further details about the role


1) To carry out the general and specific professional duties of a Teacher – Head of English as required by the current Conditions of Employment of School Teachers.

2) To oversee and mentor all teaching of English

3) To liaise closely with the SENCo to ensure optimum progress in literacy.

4) Within the designated area of responsibility the post holder should demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the needs of the students, working in close consultation with teaching and care staff to implement the policies of the school and its aims and Objectives.

5) To undertake or deliver any in-service training (INSET) as agreed with the Principal.

6) To participate in an annual appraisal and regular supervisions within the school’s performance management procedures.


  • The development of teaching and learning in English.
  • The management of the budget for English and the development of relevant resources
  • Planning for and efficient use of support staff • Communication with whole school staff as needed
  • Consultation with line managers
  • To undertake professional development (personal) and to update for English teachers and support staff as needed • Leading and disseminating relevant INSET in English for all staff

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.

Applying for the job

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About Meadows School

School type
Special school, ages 7 to 19
School size
65 pupils enrolled
Age range
7 to 19
Phone number
01892 529144

Arranging a visit to Meadows School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sam.taylor@meadowsschool.org.uk.

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