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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    24 June 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    5 June 2024

Job details

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type

Permanent

Full-time equivalent salary

UQT / MPS / UPS depending on skills and experience

Resource Base Teacher job summary

Castle Mead School is a proud member of EQUA Mead Learning Trust. Our family of like-minded schools collaborate to provide mutual support, share best practice and learn from each other, whilst retaining and developing each school’s distinctive character. We believe all children and young people have the right to a great education and we seek to improve the life chances of all those we serve; it is our mission to give Every Child, Every Chance of success.

Across our Trust, we want our children and young people to be inspired by their learning, and to instil in them a motivation and aspiration to succeed in all they do. Our schools are highly inclusive and we are proud to have high expectations of our children and young people, encouraging and preparing them to do their very best in their learning both within the curriculum and beyond.

High quality teaching is a priority, coupled with strong nurturing support, where adults genuinely care about the wellbeing of the children and young people in their care. It’s our aim to meet the needs of each child individually and we provide the resources and staff to achieve this. Our dedicated team is committed to providing a wonderfully creative learning environment to fascinate every child.  Aspirations for excellence underpin all that we do; our schools are highly inclusive and we are proud to have high expectations of our children and young people.

Children and young people in our schools are happy and safe, motivated to reach their full potential and equipped to become resilient, independent learners. They are prepared to live responsibly and peacefully in the spirit of understanding, and opportunities to develop their creativity, confidence and communication skills are woven into all aspects of school life.

Inclusion is the beating heart of our organisation, and we cherish it in our staff just like we do in our children. We are committed to creating a workforce that is reflective of our communities and welcome applications from anyone with the skills and experience to do the role they are applying to, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic. We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • Dedicated weekly planning time which Teaching Assistants are paid to attend
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College and National Online Safety training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance when they need it most
  • A clear, comprehensive induction process

All about the role:

Our Resource Base is a key part of our school community. Our wonderful children come from a wide range of backgrounds and are exciting and delightful learners. Typically, children who are placed in our Resource Base have varied needs including global delay, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and speech and language and communication needs. Some of our children are from the local area; others live further afield and travel by car or taxi.

We believe the children in our Resource Base are entitled to, and deserve, a broad, balanced and rewarding curriculum that provides them with the skills and knowledge to flourish in life. The curriculum is designed to draw out and prioritise the most pertinent aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum to provide each child with powerful knowledge that inspires and equips our children to act increasingly independently in their ever widening world.

Our teaching approach is always cognisant of the unique needs of each child and their preferred style of learning. As a result, a wide range of teaching methods, approaches and strategies are used responsively within the Resource Base, including those recommended by the TEACCH philosophy, Attention Autism, colourful semantics and THRIVE.

Working with the other Resource Base Class Teachers, both within the school and across the Trust, you will:

  • Plan and teach well-structured lessons to assigned classes, following the school’s plans, curriculum, and schemes of work, adapting teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of children
  • Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge children
  • Promote good progress and outcomes by children
  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  • Provide a stimulating learning environment
  • Have a good knowledge of the SEN Code of Practice, including a deep understanding of special learning needs such as ASD, ADHD, Global Delay, Attachment, Physical and Speech & Language needs
  • Liaise effectively with mainstream colleagues, parents, and outside agencies
  • Have a creative and flexible approach to teaching that builds success through challenge, personalisation, and innovation
  • Assess, monitor, record and report on learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils, making accurate and productive use of assessment including leading of Annual Reviews and the EHCP Process
  • Implement effective behaviour management strategies in line with the school’s policy

We are interested in hearing from candidates who have QTS, as well as those who are experienced Resource Base practitioners and are looking for the next step in their career without having yet attained QTS. Whether you are a qualified teacher or not, you will be someone who has:

  • Experience of working with children with SEND, ASD, ADHD, Global Delay, Attachment, Physical and Speech & Language needs
  • An understanding of quality first, inclusive teaching that has an impact on pupil outcomes
  • Knowledge of a range of effective strategies for inspiring all children to achieve their full potential
  • An understanding of cross curricular learning and teaching
  • An understanding of the principles of assessment for and of learning
  • A detailed understanding of safeguarding duties
  • Good knowledge of the National Curriculum
  • The ability to promote the social, moral, spiritual, and cultural development of all children
  • Good knowledge of the SEN Code of Practice

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed, please call the school office on 01225 768641 to arrange a visit.

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. We will only submit a DBS application to the relevant disclosure service when a position is accepted.

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow Safer Recruitment procedures and all interviews, regardless of role, will include questions about approaches to safeguarding. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on our website and follows all guidance in the most recent Keeping Children Safe in Education.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-guidance-on-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act-1974

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

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About Castle Mead School

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
379 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11

Castle Mead school is a vibrant, growing primary school in the heart of East Trowbridge. Rated ‘Good’ at its last Ofsted inspection, the school continues to go from strength to strength under the new leadership of Mrs Emma Larkham, with two form entry, an onsite Nursery and Complex Needs Resource Base.

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