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Head of Educational Support

Oundle SchoolNorthamptonshire

To start in September 2021, we are seeking an exceptional Head of Educational Support who is able to develop and inspire our pupils, and who wishes to participate in and contribute to the life of the School as a whole. In return the School is committed to helping you develop further as a teacher by supporting you with appropriate professional development.

The department

The busy Educational Support department offers individual or small group support to those who experience problems associated with a full range of specific learning difficulties and disabilities with an educational impact, underdeveloped study skills and also to pupils for whom English is an additional language. Support is available to pupils six days per week and, because of the nature of the timetable, there is an expected commitment to teaching outside the mainstream curriculum.

Learning difficulties at Oundle do not preclude success. Indeed, it is frequently the case that difficulty in one area is balanced by outstanding performance in another and we aim to support areas of difficulty by playing to a pupil’s strengths. The department echoes the School’s ethos, valuing the richness of diversity of its pupils and striving to ensure that all pupils have access to a full, balanced curriculum, which nurtures and enhances individual strengths, whilst supporting individual difficulties.

The role

As Head of Educational Support, you will lead the departmental team to ensure that appropriate support is given to individual pupils to help them achieve their academic potential and be successful throughout their time at Oundle. You will be responsible for organising provision for pupils identified with a special educational need or disability, and have final response within the department on referrals.

You will maintain and enhance the profile of the department throughout the School, helping and advising colleagues in their support of pupils, including at INSET. In addition, you will lead and practise whole-School teaching and learning initiatives, with the aim of:

• encouraging all pupils to develop their learning methods;

• supporting pupils across the curriculum;

• assisting with effective pupil tracking and monitoring.

You will manage and arrange the department teaching timetable, and identify and coordinate the use of appropriate sources of external educational support and expertise. You will work in liaison with the School’s health-care professionals when developing and continuing support for individual pupils. You will be the point of contact for external communication.

You will have responsibility for the SEN Coordinator, Head of EAL and other members of the department. You will deputise for the SEN Coordinator in his/her absence where necessary.

The details

You will teach a reduced timetable of 36 periods per fortnight. During Term time, you are expected to work the hours required to fulfil the requirements of the role — this will involve Saturdays each week and some evening and Sunday work. Work expectations during School holiday periods are around School trips, Exeats, exam results and any training days.

Generally, the role of a teacher involves two thirds teaching, and the remaining time split between tutoring and extra-curricular activities. Where possible, your interests and experience will be matched with your commitments.

The town

Oundle is a historic market town in Northamptonshire famous for its beautiful Georgian streets and impressive limestone buildings. The town has a spirited cultural life, with an annual international festival, literature festival, and frequent performances of nationally touring shows at the School’s Stahl Theatre.  For those moving into the area, accommodation may be available at a discounted rate.  Other benefits include a salary on the generous Oundle pay scale.

To apply

An application pack and job descriptions can be downloaded from our website via the Apply button.

Closing date: Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 9am

Interview dates: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March 2021

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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