We are looking for a pragmatic and diligent specialist teacher to join our growing Learning Support Department on a permanent and full-time basis from January 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Learning Support Teacher will assist in the identification of pupils with learning difficulties, ensuring that their needs are met through 1:1 lessons or in small groups, and promoting a better understanding of these difficulties across the school.
Principal Responsibility Areas
To assist in the identification of pupils with learning difficulties
- To ensure the needs of all pupils with learning difficulties are met
- Responsibility for meeting the needs of boys on the Learning Support Register
- Communicating and advising staff and parents of the needs of boys with learning difficulties
Ensuring that adequate provision is made for pupils with learning difficulties
- Assisting in ensuring that coherent links are maintained throughout the school with regard to pupils with learning difficulties
- Ensuring IEPs and Provision Maps are written where appropriate and kept up to date
- Liaising with Form Teachers and subject teachers over pupils with learning difficulties
- Meeting regularly with parents of pupils with learning difficulties
- Writing reports on pupils with learning difficulties
- Taking part in departmental meetings as required by the Head of Department
- Work closing with the Head of Department and other Learning Support staff to ensure departmental policies are met, and records and resources kept and updated
- Attending relevant training courses
To take on supervisory duties during the normal school week
- To cover for absent colleagues
- To accompany day trips on occasion
All staff are expected to demonstrate individual responsibility to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children and young people.
Qualifications, Training and Experience
- The candidates should have attained QTS and will be expected to hold a degree
- Previous experience of working with children in a similar environment and role is essential
- Qualification or training in specific learning support specialisms, and a thorough knowledge of current good practice and legislation is essential
- Level 5 qualification in SpLD/dyslexia is the minimum requirement; whilst Level 7 with the ability to carry out standardised testing is preferable
- The Applicant should be keen and willing to attend both in-house and external training or courses to further their skills and professional development
- The successful Applicant will be required to complete child protection training online (arranged by the school) before they commence the role, where they have not already received training in the past two years
Competences and Qualities
The successful applicant will:
- have a warm personality, be approachable, sensitive and knowledgeable
- be an excellent communicator with children and adults alike
- be able to work as part of the school team
- be highly organised with excellent ICT skills, and experience of using a school management system such as iSAMs
- be proactive, pragmatic, energetic and diligent
- enjoy working with children
- be able to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children
- possess emotional resilience in working with children and to be able to maintain discipline
- have very clear ideas about what good teaching looks like and how our staff can serve the needs of the boys
Candidates will be able to demonstrate qualities expected of someone working with children and young people.
To apply for this position, please submit a Davenies’ Teaching Staff Application Form with a cover letter for the attention of the Headmaster by 10am on Friday 09 October 2020. Interviews will be held before half-term.
Child Protection is always a top priority at Davenies. Davenies is committed to providing the best possible care and education to its pupils and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people whilst offering a supportive working environment to all its members of staff. The School recognises that, in order to achieve these aims, it is of fundamental importance to attract, recruit and retain staff of the highest calibre who share this commitment.
Child protection screening applies to all staff appointments within the school, including Enhanced DBS Certificate, Barred Lists check, and checks against the Teacher and Management Prohibition Lists. For further information, please read the School’s Child Protection Policy and Recruitment Policy and Procedure which are available on the School’s website.