SEN Teacher John Watson School, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Job description

If you share our values of teamwork, inclusion and innovation and have high expectations of what children can achieve we would like to hear from you. We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic teachers to join our existing committed team in our Community Special School. The posts would suit individuals with sound knowledge of child development and experience of working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs. There may be opportunities for Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR)

We are a Community Special School for children and young people from the ages of 2-19 years. 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 within 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 in the nursery, primary and secondary schools whose sites we share 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. We are expanding, with new classrooms due to open in April 2020 onwards.

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

Please consider the job description and person specification below and complete an application form.

Oxfordshire Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. These posts involve the type of work with children and young people, that requires applicants to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post. All cases are considered confidentially and according to the nature of the role and information disclosed

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 11th December 2019 at 5pm. Please do not send CVs, applications will only be considered using the application which can be found on our website. 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.

JOB DESCRIPTION - CLASS TEACHER

Salary Details: MPR, UPR plus SEN Allowance 1,

This job description should be read in conjunction with the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document and the provisions of that document will apply to the post holder.

The performance of all the duties and responsibilities shown below will be under the reasonable direction of the Headteacher or other Senior Leader where appropriate. The Headteacher will be mindful of his/her duty to ensure that the employee has a reasonable workload and sufficient support to carry out the duties of the post.

This job description will be reviewed at least annually and any changes will be subject to consultation. The school Grievance Procedure will be used to resolve any dispute arising out of the job description. Other relevant policies may be the OCC Stress at Work Policy and the Dignity at Work Policy.

GENERAL DUTIES

You will be expected to carry out the professional duties of a teacher as outlined in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document, and to meet the Teachers’ Standards. In addition, you will be required to follow all school policies, procedures and protocols and uphold the good reputation of the school.

SPECIFIC DUTIES
At all times display a high regard for risk management through robust risk assessment and the strict adherence of school policies pertaining to safeguarding, behaviour and safety management
Be responsible for the pastoral care of students in your care promoting self-discipline and good behaviour for learning
Establish and maintain an appropriately ordered learning environment with displays of work which comply with school wide guidance and expectations
Deliver high quality teaching to students assigned to you
Be responsible for ensuring that improvements in personal and social development, behaviour, literacy, communication and numeracy 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 an effective working partnership is established and maintained with therapists
Ensure effective home-school links are established and maintained and that comprehensive communication logs are kept to ensure robust safeguarding of pupils
Ensure that you contribute to effective shared communication and e-communication systems, enabling collaborative accountability across the school
Attend and participate in a weekly Professional Development Meeting
Provide effective line management to your class team
Perform regular dinner duties if required

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 our 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
Participate in meeting the full hygiene and medical needs of all pupils under your care

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION
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

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL
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

DESIRABLE
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

Essential educational requirements

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Bachelor of Education or BA/BSc with QTS.

a SEN qualification that is not older than three years

Essential qualifications

QTS

Essential skills and experience

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

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

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 understanding of the needs of families with SEN children and ability to maintain links with parents/carers

Employee benefits

SEN allowance


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

Address
Littleworth Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX33 1NN
Phase
Not Applicable
Type
Special School
Website
John Watson School website (opens in a new window)