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Class Teacher with Responsibility for Literacy

Class Teacher with Responsibility for Literacy

Watling View School


MPS/UPS (Fringe Allowance) + SEN Allowance + TLR 2a
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
16th April 2018
Apply by:
26 January 2018

Job overview

Watling View is a Good (Ofsted, 2016) maintained special school for children and young people aged 3-19 with severe and profound learning needs including autism such as complex physical disabilities, high health needs, and sensory impairments and associated communication and learning needs.

Are you an outstanding classroom practitioner who leads by example, motivates and inspires others and enjoys making a significant individual contribution?

Do you have the enthusiasm and commitment to become an SEN teacher and to lead literacy across our school?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic individual to join our highly inclusive and friendly school.

We are looking for a class teacher and literacy co-ordinator who:

  • Has a passion for teaching and learning
  • Are outstanding practitioners
  • Has energy and drive, who can develop and deliver personalised learning for each child, lead a team of teaching assistants, lead in professional meetings and discussions and contribute to whole school developments.
  • Are committed to their own professional development
  • Have a positive attitude to their life, their work and their colleagues as well as the children and families they work with.
  • Are self-motivated, but collaborative, sharing and open, who look for solutions rather than problems
  • Has experience of working in a SEN setting

We can offer you

  • 92 Amazing children and young people
  • Great teaching assistants
  • A strong, supportive and motivated Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team who strive to improve outcomes for children and are committed to the well-being of its staff and in developing ways to manage teacher workload
  • Commitment to providing high quality, continuous professional development with potential senior leadership opportunities for the right candidate
  • A warm, positive environment, passionate about school improvement and open to new ideas
  • A supportive team, committed to ensuring all pupils meet their full potential, develop as well rounded individuals and are well prepared for the next phase of their education
  • A school staffed by a highly skilled and cohesive team who strive to achieve the highest possible standards and continuously seek opportunities to improve

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Model outstanding classroom practice
  • Be passionate about ensuring that pupils get the very best education at all times
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Motivate and support colleagues and work collaboratively with professionals from a range of outside agencies
  • Have a range of people management skills and an ability to tackle issues and be accountable and responsible for decisions
  • Be a skilful communicator who can forge effective working relationships with pupils, staff, parents / carers and other schools
  • Be a highly motivated leader who can provide a strong model of teaching for other staff
  • Be passionate about literacy and keen to inspire others
  • Be an aspiring senior leader who is committed to their own professional development and is keen to progress further in their career
  • Have knowledge and experience of a ‘Total Communication’ environment
  • Have knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with complex learning difficulties including Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autism

Watling View is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Appointment to this post is subject to satisfactory clearance of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, including the barred list, as well as all other pre-appointment checks in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016). Please contact the school office for further information and to talk to the Head.

Applications can be made online at or you can contact the school office for an application pack. e-mail: CV’s without a completed application pack will not be considered.

Visits to the school are highly recommended. Please call Jo Roberts to arrange a visit. Visit our website at

Closing Date: Friday 26th January 2018
Shortlisting Date: Monday 29th January 2018
Interview Date: Friday 2nd February 2018

Watling View
St Albans
01727 850560

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About Watling View School

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Welcome to Watling View School

Watling View is a 2-19 maintained special school in St Albans, in the county of Hertfordshire. The school caters for up to 92 pupils, with a wide range of complex and profound learning difficulties. These include severe autism, complex medical conditions, physical and mobility difficulties, as well as severe developmental delay.

We are passionate about our vision, which guides us in all that we do for our pupils.

“Watling View - Be kind, Be responsible, Be the Best You Can”.

Our mission statement and values informs our way of working:

* We are led by Watling View’s vision

* We develop learners to be the “best” they can

* We respect and value differences

* We foster a safe, happy, inclusive and calm environment

* We know, understand and meet the needs of each child

* We build on strengths and overcome barriers

* We maximise potential, independence, communication skills and celebrate achievements

* We prepare learners for each stage of learning, including preparation for adulthood

* We provide a highly individualised curriculum for each of our pupils

* We are effective communicators

* We work with parents, carers, other professionals and the wider community

* We strive to be a centre of excellence to promote best practice and secure excellent outcomes for all pupils

Teachers and support staff are well qualified in the forefront of curriculum delivery for children with Special Educational Needs. Staff work closely with specialist medical staff, including Speech and language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and pediatric nurses and doctors. The school also employs a Music Therapist whose expertise provides significant support to children and their parents in the exploration of communication and development in a safe, protective environment. We have specialist teachers in the area of PE, Swimming, Horticulture and Food Technology. Many staff are trained in rebound therapy.

However, the best way to learn about our school and the way we work at Watling View is to make an appointment and visit us and see the school in action. We actively encourage families and friends to be involved in all aspects of school life and aim to work in partnership with parents and carers enabling our pupils to realise their potential.

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