Horizons Academy Bexley is an alternative provision academy which works in close partnership with the two SEMH schools in London Borough of Bexley. All three Academies are part of London South East Academies Trust (LSEAT) and had worked together for a number of years as a hard federation prior to this as New Horizons Federation. Our schools provide education for pupils from Year 1 to Year 11 as well as working closely with our stakeholders in creating solutions for pupils at risk of permanent exclusion. Horizons Academy is an all through school which is commissioned by the Local Authority to provide education for permanently excluded pupils but also offers a broad range of preventative programmes and reintegration support to enable pupils to access education which is most appropriately matched to their needs.
We are currently seeking to recruit to two new posts, we are looking for experienced teachers for our Medical Needs provision who will work collaboratively with a fellow teacher on an offsite Medical Needs provision for up to 16 students. The teachers for Medical Needs are PRU teachers (part of Horizons Academy Bexley) and part of the federation of schools and the Trust and are part of the whole school community. The right candidate will be able to deliver either Maths or English and be able to offer additional subjects from the following ICT, Science, PSHE, PE, Art and Careers.
The Medical Needs Provision offers education for pupils who are unable to or struggling to attend their mainstream school for either physical or mental health reasons where absence is supported by either CAMHS or a medical consultant. The department is NOT a specialist provision or an alternative curriculum offer, neither does it specialise in ASD or provide a long term placement for pupils with EHC Plans where behaviour is not the presenting difficulty.
The aim and purpose of the service offered is to provide an educational service to support children and young people through challenging periods where attendance at mainstream school may not be possible for a short period of time due to health conditions. From the outset, the plan is always to support the pupil back into their home school and improve their coping strategies as well as to work with schools on making appropriate adaptations to meet their pupils’ needs.
Medical needs students attend for a 6 week placement which can be extended by a further 2 placement periods and in this time we work with home school, eternal agencies, parents and students to return students to their home school. This post would be suitable for a Primary or Secondary trained teacher that can teach across all subjects identified but must be able to deliver to GCSE level. The successful candidate will join a committed team of staff who strive to achieve best outcomes for our learners and work relentlessly with them to address the social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which have been a barrier to success in mainstream schools. We are very much a learning environment and promote high expectations of behaviour and aspirational goals for all of our pupils whilst acknowledging that progress requires endless patience and perseverance to overcome the often low self esteem and external issues presented by our population.
This is an opportunity for an experienced and skilled practitioner to make a real difference to children’s lives. A proven background in managing challenging behaviour alongside evidence of securing successful academic outcomes are essential requirements.
If you have enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to work with some of the most vulnerable and complex young people in our community, we would welcome your application. High aspirations and a relentless approach towards excellence are the key skills we are looking for along with evidence of previous outstanding classroom teaching.
For further information and an informal conversation about the role, please contact Alan Farrell (Head of School) on 0208 312 2746.
Start: September 2019
Grade: UQT/Teachers Main Pay / Upper Pay Scale + SEN 1
Closing Date: 19/5/19
Interviews: Week beginning 20/5/19