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Autism/SEND P.E. Teacher

The Springfields AcademyCalne, Wiltshire

The Springfields Academy, Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional Autism/SEND P.E. Teacher to join the School in January 2022

Hours/Contract: Full-time or Part-Time, Permanent Contract. 

The Role:  We are looking for an Autism/SEND P.E. Teacher who is passionate about supporting the Physical and Sensory development of our pupils with autism. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a wider Physical and Sensory team which fuses P.E, Therapy, Outdoor Education and Creative Arts. 

Our Physical and Sensory curriculum approaches are vital in our aim to build safe, independent lives for autistic young people. The Autism/SEND P.E. Teacher will lead on Physical and Sensory sessions and interventions that meet the wide range of pupil need. We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in candidates with a specialist in gymnastics, dance and/or outdoor education or those with an interest in therapy or the creative arts.

In the role of Autism/SEND P.E. Teachers you will be providing learners with the knowledge, skills and strategies they need to support their Physical and Sensory needs in order to live safely and independently within their community. You will consistently teach effective lessons that engage pupils with Physical and Sensory experiences and meet their specific needs. Additionally, to:

• assess, monitor and record pupil progress in P.E.;

• build effective working relationships with support staff, other teachers, middle leaders to further the development of the Quality of Education at the Academy.

Part of the excitement of teaching at the academy is the broad range of individuals that you will teach. Our young people with autism may have sensory needs, speech and language difficulties, or social, emotional needs. A key aspect of working at Springfields is taking the time to get to know pupils and being able to create a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment. 

You will be joining a happy, hardworking and well-established team of over 20 teachers across the academy. You will also work closely with our multi-disciplinary therapy team. 

What we can offer you:

• The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people with autism.

• The chance to deliver an engaging and creative P.E./ Physical and Sensory curriculum that builds independent life skills.

• A close-knit team of professionals who work in a supportive and inspirational environment.

• An outstanding learning community that engages pupils and develops positive attitudes to learning.

• The opportunity to be involved in wider-school life through trips, clubs, collapsed timetable days, Duke of Edinburgh etc.

• On-going, specialist professional development.

• A comprehensive CPD package with opportunities for individual development and development of knowledge linked to good autism practice

• A commitment to 'Healthy Working Lives' through a comprehensive trust Employee Assistance programme

• A work laptop

• Small class sizes, usually of 8-10 learners

The Person: What we are looking for:

• Someone with a passion for P.E. and children's Physical and Sensory Development

• A specialism in gymnastics, dance, and/or outdoor education is beneficial (but not essential)

• A child-centred practitioner who responds to the individual needs of each child.

• A teacher with good knowledge and understanding of autism and social communication needs and appropriate strategies to support pupils with this need.

• A creative and flexible approach to teaching that builds success through challenge, personalisation and innovation.

• The confidence and skills to build positive relationships that help to break down barriers, build self-esteem.

• A commitment to enabling all our pupils to overcome their challenges and achieve their potential both socially and academically.

• An interest in therapy or the Creative Arts

• Job share opportunities and other flexible working initiatives available.

• Experience of primary, secondary or specialist provision beneficial.


Next Steps: Our Website has details of the vacancy plus links to the relevant paperwork. If you would like further information regards the post please email Darren Mullings, Physical and Sensory Lead for more information or to arrange a discussion regards the post If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact for support.


All applications to be made directly through TES.

Closing date: for applications is Wednesday 8th December 2021 at Midnight.

Interview Date:  Interviews will be held on week commencing 13th December 2021.

Opportunities and Benefits:  

We offer a competitive salary plus TPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities, access to our Employee Assistance Programme with many other benefits.  

We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training. 


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

Reach South Academy Trust is committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation at any stage of the recruitment process or in the terms and conditions offered to new employees, or promoted employees.

Please note that Reach South Academy Trust can only consider applications from candidates eligible to work in the UK, and who can provide the required documentation and where a candidate does not need a Skilled Worker Visa. 

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