Teacher of Special Needs for The Grove - Secondary Complex Autism
The Grove, part of the Heartlands community Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and young people. The successful applicant will therefore be required to complete a DBS check.
We encourage applications from all sectors of the community to reflect our diverse student population
Teacher of Special Needs for The Grove - Secondary Complex Autism
Salary: MPS + SEN 1
Contract: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: January 2020 or soon after
We wish to appoint a Teacher with an outstanding track record who is ambitious and is ready for an exciting new challenge. We are looking for a teacher to work with a class of complex learners who have a diagnosis of autism.
The Grove is a brand new Special School for autism opened in September 2018, providing 104 places for children between the ages of 5 and 19 on the autistic spectrum. The post holder will be part of the newly established team that opened its doors to 42 pupils across primary, secondary and post 16 departments. The school is relocating to its brand new building which has been refurbished ready for September.
This is a rare opportunity to be involved in the journey of a new school; as a member of our team you will be part of the development and planning process. If you relish in being able to make your mark with innovative and creative practice and you are excited about making a real difference then this role will provide you with the scope to achieve this.
The post holder will be responsible for leading a class team ensuring there are high quality and effective learning opportunities for all students. Class sizes are small and our experienced teams offer support with a collaborative approach to teaching. The post holder will also be expected to work closely with our multi-disciplinary teams.
The successful candidate will be required to:
● Have previous experience of working within an Inclusive team;
● Have had either primary school training or be able to teach a primary style curriculum as adopted within special schools;
● Have previous experience of teaching in an Autism-specific environment;
● Work closely within the school team;
● Have a passion for Autism Education and the Inclusion Agenda;
● Have experience of completing SEN assessments and differentiated plans;
● Be able to undertake specialist teaching on a 1:1, small group and whole-class basis;
● Be a motivational teacher for all abilities ensuring learning is engaging and inclusive;
● Work within and contribute to the school community;
● Have a commitment to an integrated, therapeutic approach and ethos;
● Be very flexible and adapt quickly to change
Please contact our Office Manager, Lorraine Bellot on 020 3876 6555 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information or wish to visit the school prior to application.
Application packs can be downloaded from TES online or the school website: www.thegroveschool.co.uk
Completed application forms, with a covering letter addressed to the Head Teacher, Ms Lucia Santi, should be returned to our office manager Lorraine Bellot at email@example.com by 10 a.m. on Monday 20th January. Interviews will take place the week of 27th January 2020.
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the School.
Essential educational requirements
Evidence of further study or training within the field of Autism.
Further study or qualifications in SEND
Experience teaching young people with autism
Experience in delivering training to others related to SEND
Ability to work autonomously and creatively.
Ability to remain calm, problem-solve and work collaboratively in demanding situations.
Willingness to reflect on your own practice and develop as a professional and pursue professional development
A commitment to upholding the vision and values of the school
Ability to work effectively both as a team member and as a class leader, managing class teams.
Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence.
Ability to reflect on your practice and develop as a professional.
Good working knowledge of relevant policies and procedures.
A willingness to share good practice and support the development of staff.
An ability to effectively use ICT to support teaching and learning.
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
Excellent organisational skills.
Be flexible, resilient and adapt quickly to change
Experience of working with a class of students with complex autism.
Ability to relate well to, and communicate with, children and adults.
Understanding of the issues around safeguarding vulnerable children.
An empathetic approach to working with students with highly complex needs.
An understanding of how communication affects people with autism.
A commitment to an integrated, therapeutic approach and ethos
Essential skills and experience
Provide a motivational learning experience for all abilities ensuring learning is engaging and inclusive
Ability to work within an Inclusive team and be committed to promoting inclusive education;
An understanding of completing SEN assessments and differentiated plans
A good understanding of autism and how it affects individuals.
A good understanding of a range of tools and techniques that can be used in educational and therapeutic settings to support the needs of these students effectively, ensuring their development and ability to manage their autism with dignity and independence.
An good understanding of assessment for learning and methods of formative and summative assessment.
The ability to problem solve and think creatively, especially with regards to complex behaviours.
Strong subject knowledge of the national curriculum at KS3 and KS4
A determination to ensure that all students are given the chance to succeed.
Commitment to equal opportunities.
SEN 1 allowance
About The Grove
The Grove is a brand new special school for young people with autism, opened in September 2018. As our school moves into its second year, we transfer to our newly refurbished site near Turnpike Lane and expand our intake of pupils. We are opening, in September, two new KS3 classes for 8 academically able autistic pupils. We will provide an alternative to mainstream education for these youngsters who, for many reasons, have not been successful in the mainstream setting. This provision will expand to include KS2 and KS4 pupils reaching a capacity of 16-20 pupils over two years. The school, which is currently based on a split site has 45 students on roll with complex autism across primary, secondary and post 16. The addition of a new department will create 4 distinct departments as we grow to full capacity of 104 by 2021, 88 of those places for young people with complex autism between the ages of 5-19 and 16 places for those who are academically able between the ages of 7-16.
- Downhills Park Road, London, N17 6AR
- Not Applicable
- Free School
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