Lead SEN Teacher Autism Specialist
Lead SEN Teacher (Autism Specialist) , Permanent, Forest Gate, East London
Lead SEN Teacher (Autism Specialist)
Dates: Apply ASAP, Job Start April or September 2017
Salary: Pro rata to £29,655 - £46,927, plus Academy TLA (pro rata to £4,000)
Contract type: Part time: 2-3 days per week
Contract term: Permanent
There are high functioning children with Autism who should be able to benefit from a mainstream education with their peers but who don't because they cannot manage well in a standard mainstream school (even with understanding teachers, TA support etc.). What these children don't need is to go to a special school - what they do need is an adapted mainstream school. And we now have one ...
Between 2014 and 2016 Stratford School Academy was rebuilt through the Government's Priority School Building Programme. We now have two brand new buildings each for 750 pupils. In September 2015 we admitted our first 300 strong Year 7 cohort and we will grow to 1500 pupils by 2020. We have not gone for the usual Upper/Lower School split but instead operate two 'mini schools' educating pupils from Year 7 to 11. Our mini school in Upton Lane incorporates a Resource Provision for up to twenty children with Autism; our mini school in Grosvenor Road will develop a complementary specialism in teaching pupils with Speech, Language and Communication needs.
The provision is in fact a series of adapted classrooms, break out rooms, Art, Music, Cooking and PE spaces that allow pupils to go through regulation routines and the delivery of occupational therapy and life skills. The focus of our work is to progressively train our pupils to manage in mainstream education for an increasing proportion of their time: to the fullest extent possible, to be the authors of their own life stories.
We are ambitious: we are expanding, we have improved our teacher workforce both in terms of readiness and capacity, our 'mini school' approach is innovative and we have Academy Sponsor status. We have asked ourselves what is an ambitious but achievable academic target that, if we can hit it, will let us say with confidence that we are providing our pupils with a top quality education. One simple answer would be to achieve a Progress 8 score of +0.5. We use this (and a couple of other targets) to drive all aspects of our work, to ask: what do we need to do over the next couple of years to get from where we are to P8 +0.5? In summer 2016 we achieved P8 +0.2 and we think +0.5 is well within our reach over the next couple of years.
We are also ambitious for children with autism: we want to provide a successful mainstream education for children who at the moment just don't get it.
We have a very clear approach to our work and focus our efforts on what educational research (as opposed to fashion) tells us will really make a difference to student outcomes. We implement this plan through extending systematic shared practice and developing teacher expertise through deliberate practice. Teaching loads are less here than in most schools so that you have the time to plan and teach really good lessons.
Because we are a mainstream school with an integrated Resourced Provision the Lead Teacher will be expected to be a competent mainstream teacher and to spend part of the week teaching classes in their specialist subject. This is essential if the Lead Teacher is to have the credibility to advise and guide mainstream teachers - you have to walk the talk.
We try to look after our staff. We provide travel loans and run cycle to work, parking permit and childcare voucher schemes. All staff get priority admission to the school for their children. Teachers have lower than average teaching loads and we don't expect them to do cover -so you have time to do the job properly. Our school dinners are well worth eating and you get free coffee all day made by a qualified barista. Last but not least you get to work with very nice people and pupils.
If you think this might be the job for you then you should come in and meet us, see the buildings, hear more about what we do and how we do it. If you do want to visit please call Ellie Field on . We know that it can be difficult to get out of school and so we can be flexible with times and dates.
How to Apply
To apply, please request an application from Ellie Field at or call Ellie on . Your application is a direct permanent application to our school, Hays is our recruitment partner for all permanent appointments.
Closing Date: ASAP
For more information you can also visit our dedicated recruitment website at jobs/stratfordschoolacademy or www.stratfordschoolacademy.com
Stratford School Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please note we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers, therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as soon as possible.
Ellie Field c/o Stratford School Academy
Grosvenor Road, Forest Gate, London E7 8JA