Functional Skills Teacher, Wakefield

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Meadowcroft SchoolWakefield
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £25000 - £35000
Contract term: Permanent

SALARY:  £25000 - £35000 dependent on experience 

REGION: Wakefield, West Yorkshire 

HOURS: 8.00am – 3.30pm & 1 hour for weekly staff meeting 

Meadowcroft is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 19, catering for children with a wide range of needs in 3 sites across Wakefield. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.  We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.    

Meadowcroft is part of the Acorn Care and Education Group who can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.  

About the Role 

As part of our continued growth, we now have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Functional Skills Teacher to join our close-knit team.  

The ideal candidate will successfully set a vision and targets for pupil success and be confident in using their knowledge and expertise to monitor progress, give regular feedback and encouraging our young people to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study. 

Teachers at Meadowcroft are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils through lessons that promote learning and raise levels of attainment.  

Who we are looking for?  

We are looking for a Qualified Functional Skills Teacher who wants to spend less time on paperwork and more time developing creative learning opportunities for the most reluctant and troubles learners. 

No two days are the same at Meadowcroft so we want Teachers who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with children with complex needs. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour, whilst being resilient using an innovative style of teaching motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  

Working with the Deputy Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, you will be responsible for the learning and achievement of all pupils in your class(es), ensuring the best opportunities for all. The smaller class sizes mean you can focus on building a purposeful learning environment that meets individual educational needs of pupils, helping to narrow the gap for pupils who are behind where they should be.

Key Accountabilities:

• Responsible for the learning and the achievement of all pupils  

• Know how to make effective personalised provision/effectively provide differentiated tasks for pupils; 

• Use assessment as part of teaching to diagnose needs, set realistic targets for improvement, and plan future teaching. 

• Encourage pupils to respond to feedback, reflect on progress, and to take a responsible attitude to their own work and study.  

• Track and monitor progress, and deliver interventions where appropriate.  

• Promote the social and emotional development of children through positive approaches  

• Manage behaviour constructively by establishing a clear and positive framework for discipline, in line with the school’s behaviour policy  

• Promote learner’s self-control, independence and cooperation through developing their social, emotional and behavioural skills.  

• Aware of how development or well-being is affected by changes or difficulties in their personal circumstances, and when to refer them for specialist support.  

Essential Criteria 

• Must be educated to degree level or be of Qualified Teacher Status  

• Equivalent to A Level in English  

• Must have experience in teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and 5  

• Ability to use ICT effectively for teaching  

• Understanding of the curriculum in order for successful planning and delivery  

• The ability to manage challenging behaviour effectively 

• Resilience  

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

• Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path 

• Pension 

• Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference 

• Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other  

• No two days are ever the same

An open day for potential candidates is being held on Tuesday 27th March.  To book an appointment please contact or ring and speak to Louise on 01924368736.

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.


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More about Meadowcroft School
Address: 24 Bar Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 4AD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1924 366242