Our learning centres cater for a very small cohort of pupils with complex learning needs. It will take a special teacher to build relationships and give the personalised support needed to allow these learners to flourish and develop in this environment. Being creative, flexible, dynamic and resilient are key traits for this role. With knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice, you will support pupils to achieve personalised success beyond what they ever believed they could.
As part of the Witherslack Group, we provide outstanding schooling for young people with a range of complex educational needs. For instance, some function at an incredibly high level but may have ADHD, social communication difficulties or autism and struggle to maintain concentration, whilst others may need emotional support to help them achieve their potential. An ability to work in a trauma informed manner and understand that each young person’s set of needs requires a unique approach. Our teachers are there to channel pupils’ individual capabilities into academic success, as part of a holistic and uniquely attentive educational strategy where education, care and therapy work seamlessly together – and all of this from a setting that is truly inspiring to both pupils and teachers.
We’re looking for a Science Teacher with a vision. A teacher who is excited by the opportunity to be creative in their teaching, a teacher who can be flexible and dynamic, a teacher who can demonstrate resilience and understanding. The kind of person who wants to make a difference and knows the pathway that will allow them to do so. Someone who is pro-active and seeks out the next best step for an individual’s education. Someone who also wants to be part of the conversation when it comes to group decisions on how we, as a Group, best meet the needs of each child with regard to training, support and annual reviews.
Aware of the standards that Ofsted look out for and always conscious to exceed them, you’ll be the kind of teacher who is never anything but engaged and engaging. What’s more, you’ll be excited by the prospect of our small class sizes of 5 pupils or less, (with at least one Teaching Assistant) and will seize upon this as an opportunity to tailor learning to individuals and build stronger, more insightful teacher/pupil relationships. Empathetic and passionate, you’ll understand that our pupils’ journeys aren’t necessarily linear. If you haven’t worked in SEN before, but are enthusiastic and motivated to make the move, we’ll give you all the additional training and support you require.
Key to this role will be learning what each pupil is particularly interested in, how they learn, how they are motivated and what factors for them personally may be a barrier to learning that needs to be overcome. Then channelling those factors into the way you teach Science so every pupil gets the most out of them.
How will you inspire the idea that science isn’t just something that happens under lab conditions but impacts the world we live in every day? How will you stimulate this way of thinking in classes made up of pupils with a range of capabilities? What makes Witherslack Group different to other schools is the resources you’ll have at your disposal to help you meet those challenges. With robust TA support and the ability to tailor accreditations to individual abilities, you’ll be able to get as creative as you like when it comes to engaging young people and encouraging them to reach their full potential.
You could be working with young people from Key stage 2 to Key Stage 5. It will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure, but whether you’ve given a particularly inspiring lesson or helped a pupil with a presentation or exam arrangements, you can expect to take home a sense of having done something amazing every single day. As all teachers know, some of those days may be harder than others but, at Witherslack Group, you’re never alone. You’ll work as part of a collaborative team, not just with other teachers across the school and Group but with our in-house therapy professionals and on-site children’s home. All pulling together to create the best possible outcomes for our pupils.
The benefit of doing a role like this is it feels good. Every day brings a sense of hard-won achievement and progress. There are also some outstanding rewards – in fact, our salary and benefits package is one of the best in the sector. It includes:
• A highly competitive salary
• Full school holidays
• Teacher pension scheme or a range of flexible pension options to suit personal circumstances (where applicable)
• A comprehensive, market-leading induction and ongoing training
• Extensive Group staff benefits, such as a Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance and Cycle to Work Scheme
• Free lunches
• Free DBS Enhanced checks for all new employees
We strongly believe that people should have choice and flexibility when it comes to saving for future. As such we offer membership of the Teachers Pensions Scheme if you are eligible to join the scheme. We also offer a flexible alternative option to the Teachers Pension Scheme that allows you to opt out and receive an allowance of 15% of your base salary and free life insurance. If you take this option you are also able to join our Scottish Widows Group Pension Scheme where your employee contributions are matched up to 5%.
To find out more please contact Kirstie Palmer, Senior Administrator on (phone number removed).
The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.
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