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  • Job start date

    15 April 2024

  • Closing date

    26 February 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    7 February 2024

Job details

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours

Contract type


Pay scale

M1 - M6 depending on experience

Additional allowances

SEN 1 or SEN 2 - depending on experience

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking for a SEND and Complex Needs Teacher to be part of the Hatchside School team.

Hatchside School’s ethos is based on the principles of Early Year practice, the aspiration is for Hatchside School to become a role model to schools and settings for children with SEND and become known as a beacon of good practice.

Hatchside School is looking to appoint an adaptable, motivated and enthusiastic Teachers to teach Early Years Foundation Stage/ Key Stage 1 pupils.

We welcome applications from those with some/little experience in this area of work but wish to develop a career in a special school environment.

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated and enthusiastic teacher who:

  • Holds QTS
  • is self-motivated, resilient and flexible
  • has a secure knowledge and understanding of curriculums – including KS1 National Curriculum and/or EYFS framework requirements and the implications for pupils with disabilities and learning difficulties
  • is an outstanding practitioner who can deliver high quality of education for all pupils at school

  • can build effective, positive relationships and work collaboratively with all stakeholders including parents/carers, therapy teams and other specialist services to support the development of the pupils and ensure the best outcomes possible
  • enjoys a challenge and wants to be part of team of an exciting journey in setting up a new school

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, or arrange the visit, please contact Vicky Mummery, Head of School on 020 590 7272.

For more information about Hatchside School, please visit www.astrum-mat.org and follow the link to the Hatchside School website, https://www.hatchside-school.org/

Please send your completed application form to The HR Department at Hatchside School, Aldborough Road North, Newbury Park, Ilford IG2 7SR or by email to recruitment@astrum-mat.org

What the school offers its staff

We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive induction and continuing professional development opportunities to support our candidates to be successful and thrive in their career at our school.

Further details about the role

Job Purpose

The teacher will:

• Fulfil the professional responsibilities of a teacher, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document

• Meet the expectations set out in the Teachers’ Standards and SEND Code of Practice

• Implement the Trust ethos, policies and objective and deliver the ASTRUM school curriculums

Duties and Responsibilities


• Plan and teach well-structured learning to assigned classes of pupils with complex needs, following the school’s plans, curriculum and schemes of work

• Assess, monitor, record and report on the learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils, making accurate and productive use of assessment

• Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of individual pupils ensuring that individualised programmes/resources/specialist equipment are in place for all pupils

• To support individual pupil’s needs with a range of specialist teaching and learning strategies (such as TEACCH, use of AAC – including Makaton, Sensory Integration, Intensive Interaction and Multi-sensory Learning & Play), ensuring that teaching and learning is engaging, motivating, differentiated and person-centred

• To establish and maintain a Total Communication Environment including the use of a variety of alternative methods of communication for pupils throughout the school day

• Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils

• To promote nurturing relationships between pupils, their peers and staff to support emotional resilience and create a secure learning environment where learning risks and independence are actively encouraged

• Promote excellent progress and outcomes by pupils in relation to educational targets and EHCP outcomes

• Demonstrate excellent subject and curriculum knowledge

• To provide pupils with access to stimulating environments, including regular use of specialist learning areas across the school, for example, Sensory/Immersive Room, Soft-Play Room, Multi-Sensory Garden, Hydrotherapy Pool, Food Technology Room, etc.

• Ensuring pupils have learning opportunities to generalise skills in the community, in adherence with the educational visits policy

• Participate in arrangements for preparing pupils for statutory assessments and accreditation where appropriate

• Work with other staff to plan and provide for a creative, stimulating and quality curriculum for all pupils which supports a range of learning styles and helps to develop pupil’s independence

• To establish and maintain positive working relationships by line managing and working in

partnership with learning support assistants and midday staff; directing and supporting their

duties, preparing their work timetables and ensuring that they have appropriate

understanding of pupil needs and of the teaching programmes and methods in place.

• To undertake other reasonable duties as may be directed by the Headteacher

Whole-school organisation, strategy and development

• Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s policies,

practices and procedures, so as to support the Trust’s values and vision

• Work alongside the school leadership team to work towards priorities identified in the

whole school development plan

• Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school

• Provide cover, in the unforeseen circumstance that another teacher is unable to teach as

directed by the Senior Leadership Team of the school

Health, safety and wellbeing

• To have shared responsibility for the safeguarding and well-being of pupils in the class group

and refer to the Designated Safeguarding Lead in matters of concern

• Maintain good order and discipline among pupils, managing behaviour effectively to ensure

a good and safe learning environment

• To organise and maintain classroom resources and equipment, keeping an up to date

inventory in accordance with school requirements

• Promote pupil well-being and positive behaviour at all times in line with school policy and


Professional development

• Actively contribute in the school’s appraisal procedures and take responsibility for own

professional learning

• Engage in further training and development in order to improve own teaching

• Where appropriate, take part in the appraisal and professional development of others,

sharing good practice and knowledge

• To keep abreast of current policies and research to inform and develop teaching practice


• Work in partnership with parents/carers, ensuring that they are fully involved in their child’s

learning and development and well-informed about the curriculum, their child’s individual

targets, progress and achievement. Encourage and welcome parental contact and

endeavour to ensure that such relationships are supportive, informative and helpful

• To ensure all communications are considered and sensitive to the pupil’s, family’s and

colleague’s needs, demonstrating awareness of the school community

• To prepare for, attend and follow up any actions related to meetings which are required in

relation to individual pupils and wider school initiatives, demonstrating professionalism and

upholding the reputation of the Trust

Working with colleagues and other relevant professionals

• Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues

• Collaborate and work with colleagues including a team multi-disciplinary of professionals

and medical/therapeutic staff and implement therapeutic programmes following advice and


Personal and professional conduct

• Uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour,

within and outside school

• Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school, and

maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality

• Understand and act within the statutory frameworks setting out their professional duties

and responsibilities

Management of staff and resources

• Direct and supervise support staff assigned to them, and where appropriate, other teachers

• Contribute to the recruitment and professional development of other teachers and support


• Deploy resources delegated to them and manage small school/class budgets

• Oversee a whole school curriculum/subject area at the discretion of the Senior Leadership


Person specification

Criteria Qualities

Qualifications and


• Qualified Teacher Status or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills


• Degree or equivalent

• Teaching experience in an education setting

• SEN experience or a desire to teach in the SEN sector

Skills and knowledge • A secure knowledge of the National Curriculum and/or EYFS

framework/16-plus education requirements and the implications

for pupils with disabilities and learning difficulties

• Have knowledge and understanding of the SEND Code of

Practice and needs and priorities in the education of pupils with

a wide range of special educational needs

• Knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies

• A good understanding of how children learn

• Ability to adapt teaching to meet pupils’ needs

• Ability to build effective working relationships with pupils

• Knowledge of guidance and requirements around safeguarding


• Knowledge of effective behaviour management strategies

• Good ICT skills, particularly using ICT to support learning

Personal qualities • Have high aspirations for all pupils, staff and self

• Demonstrate high levels of professionalism in line with the

school’s Code of Conduct and core values at all times

• Be self-motivated, resilient and flexible

• Be an innovative, creative thinker who has a growth mind-set

and is able to inspire others to do the same

• Be committed to self-reflection and your own professional

development with a passion for acquiring new skills and


• Be an excellent team member and leader, encouraging an

atmosphere of cooperation and respect

• Have enthusiasm, integrity, energy, sense of humour and fun

• Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively

Responsibilities for all staff

• Promote the vision, and contribute to the overall aims and values of the school and trust and

in so doing, support its leadership.

• Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health,

safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an

appropriate person.

• Be responsible for ensuring that personal and sensitive data processed within the school and

trust is treated with confidentiality and kept secure and in line with Data Protection

guidance including General Data Protection Regulations.

• Be aware of and support difference and ensure equal opportunities for all. To demonstrate

an understanding of and a commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and to the

standards of customer care.

• Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals.

• Attend and participate in regular meetings.

• Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as


• Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others.

• Promote and ensure own health and safety, as well as that of colleagues, pupils and the

public (in accordance with appropriate health and safety legislation) at all times. All

employees should co-operate with leadership, follow established systems of work, use

protective equipment where necessary and report defects and hazards in the appropriate


• The above-mentioned duties are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may

be required to carry out other relevant and/or reasonable duties as directed by their Head of

School /Line Manager commensurate with the skills, abilities and grade of the post.

Other Requirements

• You must have an up-to-date Enhanced DBS Disclosure which the trust will apply for, on your

behalf, if you are appointed to the role

• Present a positive, professional and friendly disposition and personal image contributing to a

welcoming school environment which supports equal opportunities for all

• The trust is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young

people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment

• All employees are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct for Employees, School

policies, their conditions of service, and appropriate legislation.


This job description may be amended at any time in consultation with the postholder.

Commitment to safeguarding

Astrum Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone applying to work at the school is expected to share this commitment.

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About Hatchside School

School type
Free School, ages 2 to 7
School size
62 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 7
Phone number

Hatchside School opened in April 2021 as a new 64 place special school, in response to the growing numbers of pupils requiring specialist placements. It’s curriculum and practice are founded on the principles of early intervention and assessment, particularly as pupils are currently aged 2-7 (EYFS/KS1). We admit pupils who have severe and profound learning difficulties with a range of special educational needs including; Sensory impairments/Autistic spectrum disorders/associated behaviours/physical and medical needs. The school serves a multi ethnic population, which reflects the diversity of the borough and East London.

Arranging a visit to Hatchside School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@astrum-mat.org.

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