3 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    22 September 2021 at 5:00pm

  • Date listed

    8 September 2021

Job details

Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Contract type

Job summary


We are proud of the fantastic learning culture at John Watson. The decisions we make are guided by SLICE.
These 5 areas drive the work of the school. Our aim is to empower each child to ensure they can live as full and as independent lives as possible…


If you share our values of teamwork, inclusion and innovation and have high expectations of what children can achieve, we would love to hear from you. We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic teacher to join our existing committed team. The post would suit someone with sound knowledge of child development and experience of working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

We are a Community Special School for children and young people from the ages of 2-19 years, with 109 on roll. Our pupils have severe learning difficulties, or profound and multiple learning difficulties. The designation of the school means that pupils typically have complex needs, and medical needs requiring a high degree of differentiation and bespoke provision. In most cases our pupils will be working below the national curriculum and the equivalent of Expected Levels for NCY1.

We value a happy, healthy and secure learning environment in which all the needs of pupils are met, enabling each young person to reach their individual potential and to maximise their independence. We provide pupils with opportunities for integrated educational experiences across shared sites with mainstream schools.

We are judged Good by Ofsted (May 2016) and we are ambitious in our vision for the future provision for our pupils. We offer small classes, typically less than 10 pupils per class, working within large teams of support staff and additional NHS therapists, and have newly furbished high-spec learning spaces through most of the school. We have a unique relationship with Wheatley Nursery School who share our site. There are exciting times ahead as we are expanding on both sites, with new secondary classrooms due to open this year.

Please see our website www.johnwatsonschool.org for further information about the school.

Please complete the application form, which can be found on our website, and return by email to sbm@johnwatsonschool.org. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22 September 2021
Please do not send CVs, applications will only be considered using the correct application form. As part of our recruitment process we will require you to fill out an overseas check prior to interview. We will email this to you on receipt of your completed application.


Salary Details: MPR, UPR plus SEN Allowance 1,

General Duties
You will be expected to carry out the professional duties of a teacher as outlined in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions 2021/22 document, or any subsequent legislation and to meet the Teachers’ Standards (attached). In addition, you will be required to follow all the current school policies, procedures and protocols and uphold the good reputation of the school.

Specific Duties: Class Teacher
Ensure that you are able to demonstrate how your role furthers the core principles, values and key objectives linked to the school improvement plan and the school’s key priorities
Establish and maintain an appropriately ordered learning environment with displays of student work which comply with school wide guidance and expectations
Use formative and summative assessments to secure pupils’ progress
Be accountable for pupils’ attainment, progress and outcomes
Be responsible for the pastoral care of students in your care promoting self-discipline and good behaviour at all times
Deliver high quality teaching to students assigned to you
Be responsible for ensuring that improvements in personal and social development, behaviour, literacy, numeracy and communication are priority targets for all students
Support and promote opportunities for 2-way inclusion with peers within school and with mainstream students as appropriate, in order to enhance students’ learning and social development
Ensure an appropriate level of inclusion reflecting the particular needs of the individual student, the EHC plan and exploiting the opportunities arising from the co-location of our split site provision
Ensure effective working partnership is established and maintained with the CNS and therapist teams
Ensure effective home-school links are established and maintained and that appropriate logs are kept of all communications using school wide systems
Ensure that you contribute to effective shared communication and e-communication systems, enabling collaborative accountability across the Hard Federation
At all times display a high regard for risk management through robust risk assessment and the strict adherence of school policies pertaining to Behaviour and Safety Management
Manage a weekly Team Meeting with your staff, or participate in a KS meeting
Attend and participate in a weekly Professional Development Meeting
Attend morning briefings (as required)
Provide effective line management to your class team
To perform regular dinner duties (as required.)
To lead school trips to further learning beyond the classroom

General Responsibilities: All Staff
Follow school and county guidelines for safe working practice to safeguard students and staff in schools, maintaining confidentiality and attending training as required
Take part in the school's current staff development, self-review and appraisal programmes and the school performance management systems
Support the educational aims and philosophy of the school, contributing to all aspects of school life as a member of the school team and undertaking other duties reasonably requested by the headteacher

Specific responsibilities under Health & Safety legislation to ensure that you:
Take reasonable care for your own health and safety, and the safety of others affected by your action or inaction;
Cooperate on all issues involving health and safety and safeguarding;
Report any health and safety or safeguarding concerns to your line manager as soon as practicable.


Proven ability to meet Teachers’ Standards in full
Successful recent relevant classroom experience teaching primary age pupils
Excellent understanding of Safeguarding and Risk Management
Understanding of how to support the holistic needs of pupils with complex learning needs and behaviours
Excellent classroom organisation and management skills, in order to maximise pupil autonomy
Proven ability to manage a class team effectively to meet the holistic needs of those in your care
Proven track record in using pupil performance data to monitor the progress of pupils
Commitment to providing quality inclusion opportunities
Ability to provide coaching and mentoring support to your class team
Highly effective verbal and written communication skills
Able to contribute to school leaders, governors and other professionals involved in self-evaluation and school improvement
Excellent understanding of how to support early reading (including structured phonics) and how to embed rudimentary maths knowledge and understanding
Excellent IT skills to support your role, and support effective learning and assessment
Excellent understanding of the needs of families with SEN children and ability to maintain links with parents/carers
Willingness to participate in the wider life of the school
Proven commitment to continuing professional development

Experience of working in more than one setting
Experience monitoring the quality of provision across a Key Stage and/or area of the curriculum across the school
Team Teach trained
Recent experience contributing to curriculum design and development
Experience offering training to other colleagues in a curriculum area
Experience of working with pupils in the locality, beyond the classroom

Additional allowances

SEN 1 allowance

Applying for the job

full details and an application form can be found at https://www.johnwatsonschool.org/our-staff/current-vacancies/

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School overview

School type
Special school, ages 2 to 19
Education phase
School size
100 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 19

About John Watson School

We cater for children and young people with Special Educational Needs from the ages of 2-19 years. The school is designated for SLD and PMLD pupils. The majority of the pupils are working at pre-KS1 levels. They are vulnerable learners with complex needs who need individualised provision to meet their medical and/or behavioural needs and to engage them in learning

Arranging a visit to John Watson School

contact Amy Wilkinson on 01865 452725

School location

Littleworth Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX33 1NN

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