Teacher – Food Technology
Main Teachers Scale + SEN Allowance
Downland School is a maintained community special school for pupils aged between 10 and 16 who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). In most cases the primary identified need is Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and behavioural difficulties. Though the majority of pupils have additional special educational needs such as Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), AD(H)D, Speech, Language and Communication (SLCN) difficulties, opposition defiance and attachment disorders.
We have expanded our provision and currently offer 90 day placements for pupils referred from the local authority. Primarily our pupils come from Wiltshire, however, we have also educated pupils from BANES, Swindon, Somerset and Hampshire and continue to do so.
The school is situated on the southern edge of Devizes in beautiful countryside and opened in 1971. We are a happy, friendly and inclusive school. We are pleased to accommodate pupils with varying aptitudes and abilities and we are proud of the achievements and progress that all the pupils make. The staff team work as a cohesive multidisciplinary unit to overcome barriers to learning and to provide stability, consistency and the highest quality of education and care guidance to support pupils to make accelerated learning gains.
We promote the highest standards of educational achievement at all levels and provide a broad and balanced education experience; differentiated according to need. The success of the school is undoubtedly linked to the dedication of staff, engagement of parents/carers, our strong multiagency partnership work and our ability to motivate our pupils to help them re-define their attitudes and approaches to learning.
We seek to ensure that, by the time our pupils leave us they emerge as self-confident individuals able to manage their own learning, equipped with the skills and competencies to successfully take the next steps in education and their lives.
Our mission statement is ‘Aspire, Achieve and Thrive’.
We are now looking for a food technology teacher to join our team and be responsible for the effective delivery of our food technology curriculum within the school. The ability to teach a second subject within the scope of Art, Design and Technology would be advantageous.
You will have a passion for your subject, together with a track record of outstanding teaching.
Can you raise aspiration and rise to the challenge?
Key areas of work will include:
Continuing to drive the strategic development plan including:
- Delivering an inspiring quality of teaching and learning within the subject area
- Developing and delivering the curriculum
- Raising levels of progress and attainment
- Focusing on meeting the needs of the whole child
- Teaching mixed ability class groups of pupils with complex needs.
- Tutoring a small group of pupils with complex needs
Enthusiasm and commitment to working with, and raising achievement for, pupils with SEMH is paramount to us and you will be expected to actively demonstrate the school’s core values and adapt the core principles of ‘The Downland Way’.
You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of teaching across Key Stages, in particular proven experience of teaching pupils with SEMH in secondary phase age groups (within mainstream or specialist settings).
You will be expected to actively demonstrate the school’s core values.
You should submit a letter of no more than two sides of A4 with your application form addressing the requirements of the post, as outlined in the Job Description and the Person Specification provided. The letter should be addressed to Mrs Keily-Theobald – Headteacher. Applications received without supporting letter will not be considered and CVs will not be accepted.
Applications must be received by 9:00am on Monday 30th November 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by e-mail. If you do not hear from us by Monday 7th December 2020, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion. Interviews will take place on Monday 14th December 2020.
Downland School 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 that this appointment is subject to enhanced DBS, medical and reference checks before appointment is confirmed.
Downland School 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 that this appointment is subject to enhanced DBS, medical and reference checks before appointment is confirmed.