SEN Class Teacher (Trainee or NQT), Kent

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Cherry Orchard Primary AcademyKent

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Start date: 29th August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £18,338 (in training) / MPS1 £24,859 (qualified)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Are you an experienced Teaching Assistant or Higher Level Teaching Assistant with a background of working in a Special Educational Needs environment? Are you keen to join an academy who can offer a salaried teacher training place, supporting you to gain Qualified Teacher Status?

Or perhaps you’re coming to the end of your training year and are looking to join a supportive academy in which to complete your NQT year and really develop your teaching career?

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy has a truly fantastic opportunity to appoint a Class Teacher who will work within the Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) from September 2019.  This is a brand new position as we continue to expand our teaching team and pupil numbers since opening in September 2017.  Our SRP, ‘The Oaks’, caters for children with speech, language and/or communication needs (SLCN) and is lead by our highly experienced and knowledgeable teacher, Mrs. Pinto.  Our successful candidate will work directly with Mrs. Pinto to plan a highly differentiated curriculum for both our pupils’ mainstream classes and the Resource Provision.  Pupils split their time between their mainstream year group class, where access to the curriculum is applicable and have 1:2 or very small group work when in the Oaks.  Cued articulation, visual resources, and signing are used extensively across the academy, in both mainstream and within the provision.  Wherever possible, students from the SRP are encouraged to join in all social and whole school activities; such as assemblies, singing practice, play/ lunch times and topic work.  Click here to read more about Cherry Orchard Primary Academy. 

So whether you are looking to embark on a teacher training course from September 2019 or a school to support you through your NQT year, this is a fantastic opportunity and if you meet the criteria outlined below, we’d love to hear from you.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Qualified Teacher Status, or be eligible to enroll on a teacher training course for September 2019 (click here to view the entry criteria )
  • Evidence of excellent practice as a classroom teacher or member of support staff
  • Experience in teaching or supporting teaching across all stages of the primary sector and, in particular, demonstrate how they have been able to meet the needs of children with SEN/D
  • The highest expectations of pupils and themselves
  • Enthusiasm, imagination and a forward-thinking approach
  • An ability to inspire, motivate and engage children to achieve and succeed
  • The ability to form positive relationships with children, staff, parents and governors
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills

For more information on the role, please contact Olivia Couzins (Head of Recruitment) on 01634 412 240 /  

Being part of the Leigh Academies Trust:  As of 1st January 2019, our Trust is comprised of 23 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 11 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open in September 2020.  The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

We strive to offer a range of benefits that all employees can take advantage of which we regularly review and add to - click here to view what you’d receive as a member of staff with Leigh Academies Trust. 

Click here for a glimpse of what life is like working for Leigh Academies Trust and why we're so proud of what we do. 

Diversity at our core:  As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.

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More about Cherry Orchard Primary Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Cherry Orchard, Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet Valley, Kent, DA10 1AD, United Kingdom.
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Cherry Orchard Primary Academy is part of Leigh Academies Trust, one of the nation’s most successful, medium-sized, multi-academy trusts. Cherry Orchard Primary Academy will form part of the Trust’s North West Kent cluster and be a truly outstanding ...