Specialist Teacher (Communication and Interaction)

Rugby Free Secondary School, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5PE

This job expired on 23 May 2022 – see similar jobs

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    23 May 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    12 May 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



MPS/UPS (TLR for exceptional candidate)

Specialist Teacher (Communication and Interaction) job summary

Specific Areas of Responsibility and Key Tasks

• To promote the development of children and young people with autism and SLCN within schools and homes by providing advice, support and specialist teaching from agreed need.

• To work directly with children, parents, carers, other professionals and educational settings to ensure that these children and young people reach their potential and maximise communication development, educational progress and social and emotional resilience.

• To take a lead role for SLCN including developing intervention programmes and training staff

• To support the SENDCo and work collaboratively with other teachers, Learning Support Assistants and Intervention Leads

• To work on a multi-professional basis taking the role of key worker/lead professional when appropriate

• To use professional skills and judgement to contribute to the delivery of high quality teaching and learning

• Planning challenging teaching and learning objectives

• Effective use of differentiation and personalised curriculums

• Evaluates and adjusts plans to ensure students’ needs are met

• To select and prepare appropriate resources to lead learning activities

• To monitor, evaluate, record and provide reports on student responses and progress within agreed strategies

• To assess monitor and report on the progress of individuals as required and use all available data to inform decisions on level and frequency of support and intervention

• To work closely with the parents/carers and families and engage them in planning to improve their child’s outcomes and keep them fully informed through regular communication and review meetings

• To contribute to students’ progress and support them to meet their outcomes

• To enhance the practice of teachers and associate staff by providing appropriate advice, support, coaching or training.

• To promote awareness of communication and interaction needs and how best to support them within the wider community through training and workshops and guides

• To be committed to your own continuing professional development and keep up to date with national, regional and local issues which affect the education of students with autism and SLCN.


• To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching in accordance with the duties of a main scale teacher.

Additional Duties

• To play a full part in the life of the school community, to support its distinctive ethos and to encourage other staff and students to follow this example


• Rugby Free Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this and the below commitments.

• To ensure that all students have a safe environment in which they can learn, reporting any concern about the environment to a member of the site team or if appropriate to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders.

• To be aware of systems which support safeguarding and following the procedures as highlighted in the Safeguarding Policy

• To identify children who may benefit from early help as soon as possible and discuss this with one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders

• To consider at all times what is in the best interests of the child

• To protect children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

• To take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

• Checking of visitor identification, especially at the point of school entry and the issuing of relevant safeguarding information.

Generic Responsibilities of all Rugby Free Secondary School Staff

• To continue personal development as agreed.

•To engage actively in the appraisal process.

• To undertake any other duty as specified by the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document not mentioned in the above.

• Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task to be undertaken may not be identified.

• Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.

• Employees are expected to adhere to the School’s agreed Code of Conduct and set an example of personal integrity and professionalism

• Ensure all tasks are carried out with due regard to Health and Safety.

• To remain confidential at all times.

• To adhere to the ethos of the school.

• To promote the agreed vision and aims of the school.

• The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

• This job description is current at the date shown but in consultation with the post holder may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title

This job description does not form part of the contract of employment. The job description will be reviewed at least once a year and it may be subjected to modification or amendment at any time after consultation with the holder of the post.

If you feel that you could bring further impetus to our drive to improve the provision for our students and have the necessary energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humour to take us forward in this exciting curriculum area then please get in touch.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow (LT2) is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. LT2 is always happy to receive speculative applications from excellent teachers and support staff.

The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

This job description is current at the date shown but in consultation with the post holder may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title. We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time.

Additional allowances

MPS/UPS (TLR for exceptional candidate)

This job post has expired.

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

About Rugby Free Secondary School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
853 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
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Post Title and Grade: Specialist Teacher (Communication and Interaction)

About Rugby Free Secondary School

We are at the start of a very exciting journey and have worked extremely hard over the last year to create a culture of high expectations across the school, supported every step of the way by our Trust. This has been achieved through the development of strong and positive relationships with staff, students, parents and carers. Our reflective approach means we are always striving to improve in all we do and believe that mistakes are only an opportunity to learn.

Taking and broad holistic approach, we identify the barriers to learning that are likely to affect our students and work relentlessly to address them.

Our aim is for all students in our care to have the capacity to achieve their full potential and for our curriculum to nurture and develop each child’s hidden talents throughout their time at RFSS.

It is an exciting time to be working part of the RFSS family and as part of our trust Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow. RFSS opened in 2016, we relocated to our brand-new purpose-built facility in February 2020 and secured ‘Good’ in our most recent Ofsted inspection (July,2021).

The road hasn’t been smooth, but it is a school committed to providing success for all its students and providing a workplace that supports its staff to ensure they are able to work to the best of their ability for our students every day.

You won’t find teachers and staff anywhere else who are as committed to a school’s purpose and supporting its success. Relationships are at the heart of RFSS and underpin our new core values and we are always looking for dedicated staff who share our ethos and demonstrate our values.

Please find below link to our website with the latest Ofsted report when we were graded as ‘Good’.


Our Values are:

Kindness – The quality of friendliness, generosity, consideration, honesty

Collaboration – The belief that working and learning with others will lead to greater success

Curiosity – A strong desire to know and to learn

Resilience - The ability to recover quickly and learn from the difficulties we face

Respect - To appreciate the importance of understanding and admiration for others and self

Endeavour - The belief that hard work is needed to achieve something we can be proud of

Arranging a visit to Rugby Free Secondary School

To arrange a visit to school or for an informal discussion with the Director of Learning, please call Vanessa Sorzano-Ince, LT2 Trust Administrator, on 01788 222060 or email; vsorzano-ince@learningleading.org

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