We are an Ofsted rated "Good" Independent School, for up to 6 children aged 10-18 years old with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. We are attached to a residential care home (The Beech House) for Children Looked After. The school is based in a separate annex, with some facilities shared with the home, for example the garden and surroundings. Most of our students are resident in the home, but we can take other young people from outside.
The school’s teaching and learning ethos is driven by the diverse needs of each of the students. We provide them with a bespoke, personalised curriculum that enables them to maximise their own potential and learn in a way that suits and engages them. We envelop our teaching in a nurturing and supportive approach that helps our young people feel safe and happy at school that and connects them to their learning. The school and the home work closely together to provide a 24/7 curriculum and, although we focus on the core subjects, vocational studies, Art and PSHE, each student’s learning programme is written with their wishes, interests and future plans in mind.
Class sizes are very small (either 1:1 or have 2 or 3 students). Some pupils are with us for a short period, which may not be a full school year, as they are awaiting return to mainstream school. Others however who may have more complex SEN, are with us for many years.
This is an opportunity to work across a range of subjects and Key Stages. This could include working with young people with autism, ADHD and other mental health diagnoses or complex emotional needs. The role is as rewarding as it is varied.
This role will report into the Lead Teacher, and responsibilities include:
• Lesson planning
• Teaching core subjects at KS3 or Functional Skills level and/or GCSE specialist subject(s)
• Providing feedback to young people about their progress in a range of ways, according to their individual needs
• Providing input into the IEPs, EHCP annual reviews and PEP’s (you may also be required to attend CLA reviews and PEPs).
• Resource management
• Curriculum development
• Facilitating independent learning
• Preparing resources required for each lesson, collecting/collating work and filing
• Assigning and conducting assessments for pupils
• Assisting with assessments
• Assisting with report writing- daily, weekly and termly using our in-house system
• Help to create links with other education facilities
• Generating ideas for trips, activities, external visitors, workshops and linking these to the curriculum
• General admin- laminating, photocopying, filing
• Creating wall displays with young people’s work and visual aids based on the curriculum etc.
Our young people can display challenging behaviours, as they have often become a ‘looked after’ following trauma or neglect. We are looking to appoint a dedicated teacher with the ability to work empathically with our vulnerable youngsters and, although experience in therapeutic work would be an advantage, it is by no means essential. Most importantly, we seek an energetic and enthusiastic educator who loves teaching and who will be a real asset to the small, passionately committed team of staff at The Beech House School.
The Beech House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.