Who we are
Robson House is a specialist therapeutic and educational placement for children who cannot attend mainstream school because of social, emotional and mental health needs, or who have been permanently excluded from school. Our task is to meet the social, emotional, mental health and academic needs of highly vulnerable children, so that they are able to make accelerated progress, and be ready for their next stage in learning. We aim to provide a stimulating and secure learning environment for pupils and to give each of them a positive experience of school. We deploy a multidisciplinary team, taking a holistic, developmental approach to understanding and addressing children’s needs. We work in close partnership with parents and carers, helping them to promote their children’s academic learning, wellbeing and social skills. Our lessons are delivered using the Creative Curriculum, involving a thematic approach to teaching and learning, allowing children to work in depth, and placing direct experience at the centre of the curriculum.
Who we need
We are seeking an experienced teacher to work as part of this dynamic and pioneering service. Within this key role you will plan and teach stimulating and challenging lessons in flexible and creative ways in order to engage and motivate groups of primary-aged children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. You will be a key member of the multidisciplinary team around each child in your class. We are looking for a skilled, resilient and reflective practitioner, with recent experience of teaching classes in primary mainstream or special schools and who has experience of working with children with SEMH needs.
- Qualified teacher status (essential)
- Additional recognised SEN qualification (desirable)
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of early years and primary age curriculum areas and related pedagogy
- Knowledge and understanding of child development
- Ability to collaborate effectively within a multidisciplinary team
- Effective analytical skills to assess children's progress using a variety of data
- Recent experience of teaching in a primary mainstream or special school
- Thorough understanding of safeguarding processes
- The resilience to respond positively and thoughtfully to children who display high levels of distress and challenging behaviour
What we offer you
The class sizes at Robson House are very small, so you will have the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with, and deep understanding of, each child. You will have the chance to work in an intensive and sustained way to help each child make progress in all aspects of their development. You will be able to draw on the specialist knowledge of a highly skilled multidisciplinary team and apply this creatively in your practice.
You will have access to support for your own well-being, such as yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness sessions, as well as opportunities to discuss your experience of work in our weekly Reflective Space, which is facilitated for staff by our psychotherapist and psychologist.
You will be based at Robson House, located on the Netley Campus in Camden, which benefits from excellent transport links and allows easy access to all the amenities and attractions of central London.
Camden Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.
Camden is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to the current conditions of employment for teachers contained in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document and other legislation.This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS.
The succesful applicant will take up the post at the start of the autumn term 2018.
For further information, please visit our website: www.robsonhouse.org.uk