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    19 April 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    20 March 2023

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours 39 weeks per year

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What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Understanding that behaviour is communication.
  • Commitment to relational learning using playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy alongside natural and logical consequences rather than punitive approaches.
  • Proven experience of teaching primary age pupils with additional needs either in a mainstream or special school setting
  • Understanding of the national curriculum, and how to adapt it for pupils working significantly below age-related expectations
  • Knowledge or experience of successfully supporting children with moderate learning difficulties and social, emotional, and mental health needs
  • Evidence of recent and relevant professional development
  • Experience of child protection procedures and commitment to safeguarding pupils
  • Proven ability to plan and teach outstanding lessons, ensuring high standards, continuity and progression
  • Ability and motivation to constantly improve own practice and knowledge through self-evaluation and learning from others
  • A good understanding of child development and learning processes within SEND and how to overcome barriers to learning
  • Experience of EHCPs annual reviews, writing and reviewing IEPs, developing personalised interventions for pupils and reviewing progress
  • High level of professionalism for contributing to statutory documentation and meetings.
  • Proven expertise in working with children who communicate through challenging behaviour and meeting their wider needs through pupil centred planning approaches
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards of behaviour and expectations whilst meeting individual needs
  • Proven ability to ensure continuous assessment, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils
  • Ability to support and maintain effective teamwork
  • Ability to create and maintain inclusive links with other agencies and mainstream schools/colleges
  • Ability to deal positively with staff, children, and parents in sometimes difficult circumstances
  • Ability to lead a curriculum area

What the school offers its staff

  • Professional excellence in all we do
  • Valuing the individual and our service to them
  • Valuing growth and releasing potential
  • Celebrating Success
  • Compassion and caring for everyone

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Courtlands School

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
School size
100 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Courtlands Special School Academy is a friendly and ambitious academy in Plymouth which caters for primary aged children (4-11) with Moderate Learning Difficulties and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. Our innovative curriculum is based on meeting individual’s needs rather than schemes of work, and provides a wide range of curriculum and therapeutic input.

We are leaders in our field, having won numerous national awards for our work, and work in a Trauma Informed way to support our children to overcome their difficulties and make great progress in all areas of their development. We constantly strive for the best ways to support our children, and welcome innovation and new, evidence based ways of working.

You will need high levels of emotional resilience, and good coping strategies born out of successful experience of teaching and supporting children with complex needs including Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties such as ADHD and attachment disorders; Communication and Interaction needs such as ASC and Speech and Language Difficulties. This could be in either a special school or mainstream school, with mainstream experience being an advantage.

We can offer you a motivated and skilled staff team and a real opportunity to make a difference to the future of our wonderful children and school. We look after our staff with award winning care for their wellbeing (National Wellbeing in Schools Award 2019). You won’t be taking marking home to do in the evening, and you will be given the freedom to meet the needs of the pupils in your class, along with the resources to do it. You will receive training in a wide range of SEND and real time support and mentoring form a Leadership Team whose door is literally open all the time.

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