7 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    Once recruitment clearances are complete

  • Closing date

    4 June 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    2 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Pastoral, health and welfare

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time: 37 hours per week Term-time only (39 weeks per year)

Contract type


Pay scale

Grade N, PT 39 – PT 41 (Band 7 equivalent), £41,708 - £43,536 (actual paid salary)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Qualifications equivalent to 5 x GCSE A*-C, to include Maths and English

Educated to Degree level in a relevant subject or hold a relevant professional qualification

Significant experience in working with children and young people with SEND

An enthusiastic and positive approach to working across a family of schools

Commitment to own professional development and to enhance those of others

A commitment to fresh and exciting methods of working

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Complete commitment to the core values of Ascent

What the school offers its staff

A competitive salary

31 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays

Membership of the Local Government Tyne and Wear Pension Scheme

An opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals

Comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training

An exciting and extensive commitment to high quality professional development, identified through a strong appraisal process

A comprehensive wellbeing and support package

Car mileage expense (at HMRC standard rates)

Free parking at all academy sites

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

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 Portland Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
School size
190 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

We cater for approximately 168 students between the ages of 11 and 19 who experience severe learning difficulties and profound, multiple and complex medical needs. A growing number of our pupils also have an Autistic spectrum condition. Portland offers co-educational day provision to pupils from a catchment area which covers the city of Sunderland and beyond.

The academy is able to offer a number of part time or assessment placements for identified pupils.

Portland Academy is part of ‘The Ascent Academies’ Trust’, a multi-academy trust which currently consists of 5 special schools across Sunderland, Durham and Stockton. This partnership provides us with a wealth of experience and knowledge and opens up many opportunities for working together to improve outcomes for our pupils.

The school has excellent facilities, including a social café, therapy pool, sensory room, OT Room, woodland walk, outdoor adventure area and bike track. These, together with a relevant, progressive and challenging curriculum delivered and supported by committed staff, enables us to offer a wonderful range of varied opportunities to enrich our pupils’ lives.

Arranging a visit to Portland Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email scommon@ascenttrust.org.

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