Young Foundations is a provider of residential step-down services for children and young people with complex needs, including autism, learning disabilities, and mental health issues.
It is Young Foundation's mission to provide in-house comprehensive integrated services that are both theoretically underpinned by an evidential working methodology and delivered by our own highly trained and skilled staff team. Via our approach, we are committed to providing the best possible care and education, which enables all young people to live their lives to the optimum potential, and in so doing enable them to realise personal aspirations and abilities in all aspects of their lives.
Part of Young Foundations, and based in the beautiful rural countryside of North Wales, Oaklea Grange is a small children's residential school for children and young people aged 11 to 18 with a range of acute and enduring mental health issues and associated challenging and complex needs, including mental health issues and associated learning needs. Located on the same site, Oaklea Grange Residential Home can accommodate a maximum of 11 young people in the home and independency coach house, and 11 young people in the school. The school itself will educate the pupils from the residential home on site only. All pupils will have additional learning needs in such at their individual needs cannot be met in a mainstream educational provision and thus need further support in providing a supporting and inclusive education. Presently, we are gathering information and working towards meeting legislative requirements in anticipation for registering the provision.
Oaklea Grange School's vision is to champion and embed a mentally healthy school through its ethos, culture, trauma informed teaching practice and curriculum. This is an exciting time to join and develop as part of an education team who champion the lives of our pupils and genuinely make a difference to their quality of life and future prospects.
About The Role
Reporting to the Head of Education, this is a new and exciting role to teach and lead the new Curriculum for Wales Health and Wellbeing Framework. You will be passionate about identifying opportunities for pupils to engage with positive social influences as well as carefully considering how to reduce the impact of negative social influences.
As our pupils come from a diverse range for setting and experiences, you will be aware of how social influences can play on pupil behaviour; the influences that can promote and encourage healthy prosocial behaviours; as well as those that lead to issues such as discrimination, racism or prejudice. You will lead Oaklea Grange's whole-school approach to health and well-being together with curriculum design, providing opportunities for pupils to explore and critically evaluate how and why they choose to engage with particular social influences and how these can affect behaviour.
This leadership role will also extend to promoting the health and wellbeing of our staff team; by contributing to the development of healthy, motivated workforce who are able to deliver a high-standard of education and care to pupils. You will also be passionate about promoting the health and wellbeing of all staff members, recognising the impact work can have on employees' stress levels, mental and physical health.
You should be highly motivated and have a genuine interest in developing the education young people with complex needs and challenging behaviours receive. You should have experience in achieving high quality teaching, collaborative working with fellow staff and learners as to maximise achievement, secure qualifications tailored to individual needs and deliver continuous improvement within the school. It is essential that you have the ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of all our pupils.
This is an exciting opportunity for a Teacher of Health and Wellbeing to make this role their own, gain leadership experience, and to facilitate high performance in the subject with pupils achieving a wide range of qualifications from Entry Level to Functional Skills and GCSE.
To apply for this position please apply by online application, along with a cover letter answering the following key questions:
- What is your understanding of trauma-informed education? Tell us about a time you worked with a pupil who was exposed to trauma. How did you respond to their specific needs?
- Tell us about a time when you were sensitive or compassionate to a pupil in an emotional or tense situation?
- What are the steps you will take to create a safe environment of trust and respect?
- What are your general strengths in areas such as knowledge of curriculum, lesson planning and assessment?
- In what ways have you contributed to curriculum developments from which pupils have benefited and how will you facilitate this with the new Health and Wellbeing curriculum?
- How successful have you been in sustaining pupil motivation and interest?
Please also ensure in your cover letter that you refer to the specification provided and highlight how your skills are relevant for the post advertised.
Start date for this role will commence on January 4th 2022. If you are interested in the role of an English Teacher or would like to discuss any other opportunities, please do not hesitate to call Nadia Chelpa (Head Teacher) for an informal conversation.
Location: Wrexham, Wrexham County
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 40 hours per week
Salary: £23,690 - £32,960 per annum dependent on experience
Closing Date: 30th September 2021
All applicants will be subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and other vetting check such as references and enhanced DBS. Young Foundations recruits solely on the suitability of candidates to the role and does not discriminate on the basis on age, gender, sexuality, faith or race.
You may have experience of the following: SEN Teacher, Course Manager, Health and Wellbeing Teacher, Health and Wellbeing Lecturer, Teach, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Course Design, Education, Mentor, Tutor, Teaching, GCSE, Functional Skills, Health and Wellbeing, etc.
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