Co-ordinator of Alternative Provision, Bury St Edmunds

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King Edward VI SchoolBury St Edmunds

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Start date: ASAP
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £21962 (pro rata for term time + 1 week)
Contract term: Permanent

37 hours, 39 weeks (term time + 1)


We are looking to recruit a Co-ordinator to lead the work of our alternative provision, First Base. The successful candidate will be skilled at working with young people aged 11-16, able to think creatively, and develop good working relationships with a range of staff in our school to raise the attainment and aspirations of students.

First Base is our name for the area of the school where students are placed for some of their curriculum time. This might be because they are receiving tuition in Maths and English, catching up on work following absence, or working on specific alternative qualifications (for example NCFE Level 2 vocational qualifications) to improve their life chances. 

We are looking for someone who has a natural empathy for young people and the ability to inspire and motivate them to learn independently and enhance their educational aspirations and qualifications. This provision is at the heart of the school, next to our Special Educational Needs Base. We need someone who is quick to seize opportunity – an innovative practitioner who can make this role (a new one for the school) his or her own.

You will have responsibility for all aspects of provision in First Base, but you will receive a great deal of support and guidance from a number of colleagues in the school. Your role will be line managed by our SENDCO, Sharon Scott. However, you will have a good deal of autonomy and creativity, as you seek to find ways of working with colleagues throughout the school to support students with their alternative curriculum, or with the work they are catching up on before returning to mainstream classrooms.

We can offer you a stimulating and supportive working environment, relevant training and development, and above all else the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and prospects of some of the young people in our care.

We are always very receptive to requests for a pre-visit and/or informal contact ahead of making an application – please contact Sarah Trueman, HR & Training Manager on 01284 716180 (option 4) or email 

Please apply either by using Quick Apply or with the attached application form.  Further information is on our website 

Closing date Wednesday 31 January 2018 

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More about King Edward VI School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Controlled
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Grove Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3BH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1284 761393
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