This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed teacher of Learning Support to be part of a team that is developing a new Communication Provision in East Lothian for secondary aged pupils with autism and communication difficulties who require a highly individualised and adapted approach to teaching and learning. The Communication Provision is part of Knox Academy, known as Meadowpark, which is a short walking distance away and provides places for pupils from across the county. Staff and pupils are based in a beautiful converted former Victorian building which was formerly home to Haddington Infant School.
The Provision offers pupils and staff extensive facilities including a sensory room, activity room, fully accessible meeting area, staff base, therapy rooms as well as generous outdoor space and ICT support. There is also a fully fitted apartment for pupils to develop independent living skills as they reach the Senior Phase.
The staff team is key to the success of this new provision as pupil numbers increase over time to a maximum of 30.
The successful candidate will be a member of a new and dynamic team and must be enthusiastic and energetic. Candidates must have the ability to communicate their experience and enthusiasm to engage pupils that have Communication difficulties mostly related to Autism and associated challenging behaviours. Learning will take place either in the classroom setting or offering continuity for pupils with particular challenges that may involve working 1:1 or with small extracted groups intensely.
Proven experience of working with vulnerable young people, some of who may require personal care is essential, as is the ability to be flexible to deliver alternative curriculum opportunities for pupils, both in and off the school campus. Candidates who have a wide range of teaching experiences across the stages of additional support needs, upper primary and/or secondary are welcome to apply. Specialism in Maths/Science curriculum would be highly desirable but not essential. Candidates must have a commitment to ongoing professional development.
To undertake teaching duties in accordance with the SNCT Handbook of the National Scheme of Salaries and Conditions of Service.
To provide support to staff and pupils to identify and address additional support needs, through a range of assessment and intervention strategies, within the five roles of Support for Learning.
Registered with GTCS as a teacher of relevant subject
For Permanent Posts: Full GTCS Registration is required.
For Temporary Posts: Full/Provisional GTCS Registration is required.
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.
All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.
Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.
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Closing date: 25/06/2017