[Job Ref: 211201]
Hours/Contract: Full-time, 1.0 FTE, Permanent Contract.
The Role: The role of Autism/SEND Teacher is an exciting role working within our Phase 1 & 2 team. The core purpose of the role is to develop and deliver a holistic academic, social communication and life skills curriculum for our pupils with autism.
It is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to create a developmental learning experience that not only enables the pupils to develop within our setting but maximises opportunities to develop the skills for a ‘safe, independent life’ using autism enablement structures and systems.
The role requires the successful candidate to have an understanding/commitment to understanding the theories of autism and how they can be applied in practice to meet individual need; in addition to creativity, flexibility, resilience and a commitment to meeting the needs of our pupils through innovative provision and pedagogy.
Part of the excitement of teaching at Springfields is the broad range of individuals that you will care for. Our young people with autism may have sensory needs, speech and language difficulties, or other conditions such as social, emotional and mental health needs. A key aspect of working at Springfields is taking the time to get to know pupils and their individual needs, and given their complexity, being able to create a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment is crucial.
You will be joining a happy, hardworking and well-established team of over 20 teachers across the academy. You will also work in partnership 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 functional 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
• Your own classroom
• Small class sizes, usually of 8-10 learners
What we are looking for:
• Someone with a passion for making complex concepts accessible for the autistic learner
• 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. E.g. TEACCH
• 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.
• Experience of primary, secondary (KS3) or specialist provision beneficial.
Next Steps: So if you have any queries about this role, please get in touch with Rachel Barnes: firstname.lastname@example.org,sch,uk If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact email@example.com for support.
All applications to be made directly through TES.
Closing date: for applications is Sunday 30th January 2022 at Midnight.
Interview Date: Interviews will be held on week commencing 7th February 2022.
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.