SEN Teacher, Devon

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Orchard Manor SchoolDevon
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS 1-6 (depending on experience) plus SEN 2
Contract term: Permanent

Orchard Manor School provides education and care for 3 - 19 year old children and young people with communication and interaction difficulties (Autistic Spectrum Conditions) and associated learning difficulties. With both day and residential places, we are committed to keeping every child at the centre of everything we do and to build a centre of excellence in SEN provision. The school is on the outskirts of the beautiful coastal town of Dawlish and within a short drive of the cathedral city of Exeter.

We have an excellent and exciting opportunity for a dynamic and creative SEN teacher to join our vibrant and passionate post 16 department. We invite applications from outstanding applicants with integrity, imagination and energy for this rewarding role. We are looking for a SEN Teacher who has some experience working with pupils with complex needs, but we would also consider strong unqualified teaching applicants (pay depending on qualifications and experience) who can demonstrate they have significant skills relevant to this post 16 position. You will be required to facilitate the ongoing progress and development of our post 16 provision and engage young adults in a range of learning and personal development programmes, both on and off-site.

You will:

  • be a qualified teacher with the ability to inspire young people with SEN, or have proven experience of planning and delivering an effective and stimulating curriculum to post 16 pupils with SEN;
  • be passionate about helping students who can sometimes find school life challenging;
  • be flexible, positive and have a ‘can do’ attitude;
  • be an excellent teacher with a successful track record of impacting positively upon student progress;
  • be a highly motivated and enthusiastic person with good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Main responsibilities:

  • to implement and deliver an appropriately broad, balanced and relevant differentiated curriculum as appropriate to the needs of the learners, with a focus on developing life and social skills and vocational skills alongside academic achievements;
  • to provide, facilitate and develop a personalised curriculum for pupils which supports their aspirations;
  • to teach highly effective lessons, support students and monitor student’s progress in order to develop pupil achievements, develop life skills and prepare them for adulthood;
  • to develop your own practice and work to the ‘Teachers’ standards’ DfE, alongside an ongoing drive to reinforce the vision and values of the school, including the understanding of pupils’ needs through the EHCP’s.

Specific Responsibilities
Teaching and Learning:

  • Provide a high-quality learning experience for students
  • To ensure lessons are well resourced within the constraints of the Post-16 budget
  • To plan differentiated lessons, which provide for the variety of special needs within the provision
  • To plan and oversee the effective deployment of teacher assistants within the provision
  • To work with instructors to ensure their effective deployment ensuring the instructor focuses on the development of life skills and appropriate qualifications.


  • To maintain and update student assessments in line with school policies and practice
  • To provide data in line with the QA and accountability matrix
  • To produce reports for students taught.


  • To assist in the selection and development of appropriate schemes of work
  • To assist in the ongoing development of the curriculum
  • To plan and organise vocational learning and work experience opportunities

Staff Development and Quality Assurance:

  • To engage in the school’s professional development through engaging with the QA and Accountability Matrix
  • To actively engage in the school’s appraisal process
  • To maintain an up-to-date and relevant knowledge of SEND.


  • To communicate effectively with parents on a regular basis, including formal and informal events
  • To communicate with external agencies.

Other Duties:

  • To ensure the safeguarding of students as a priority, at all times following the school’s Safeguarding policies and practice
  • To manage the Post-16 provision in line with the school’s Health and Safety policy
  • To undertake risk assessment of activities


The above duties are not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake tasks, roles and responsibilities as may be reasonably assigned to you by the Senior Leadership Team.

This job description will be kept under review and may be amended via consultation with the individual, Governing Body and/or Senior Leadership Team as required.

Employment Duties

To be performed in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and within the range of teachers’ duties set out in that document, where this is appropriate to the appointment.

A full induction programme and opportunities for professional development will be provided.

For an informal conversation regarding this post, please contact Rowena Schofield on 01626 862363 or

To apply please visit and search using reference KH/19/03992 or Your completed application form should be returned to Please note: CVs will not be considered.

Closing date: 1pm on 26 April 2019.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires a DBS disclosure. This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Job location

More about Orchard Manor School
Address: John Nash Drive, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 9SF, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1626 862363