Special Educational Needs Teacher - Key Stage 2/3
Merrywood Education was set up to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to thrive academically regardless of their trauma or circumstances. We offer a school of opportunity and an expectation that every member of our school community is treated equally and is safe and secure. All of our children have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) and require support with their social, emotional and mental health.
We have an established school in Tadworth, with our new site opening in Hackbridge.
We are looking for an innovative and modern thinking Key Stage 2/ 3 teacher to join our therapeutic and trauma informed school, from September 2021.
We would like our candidate to have a sound understanding of special educational needs, challenging behaviour and a good knowledge of trauma within children and the neurological impact of this.
The successful candidate will be passionate about teaching and removing barriers from children who are disengaged from learning. They will have the ability to motivate and develop children, and be part of a team which prides itself as being collaborative, forward thinking, innovative and most importantly has high levels of expectations for our team and children.
You will use your SEN knowledge and experience to increase progression within our children and understand the importance of data as a tool to track pupil progress.
Teaching at Merrywood:
- You will be responsible for teaching all subjects to up to 8 Key Stage 2/3 children.
- You will be fully supported by the Senior Leadership Team.
- You will develop lesson plans in line with Merrywood’s Need’s Based curriculum objectives.
- You will facilitate learning by establishing a relationship with children; keeping your learning resources organised and creating a positive learning environment in the classroom.
- You will teach children in a nurturing and therapeutic environment and use the outside grounds for outdoor teaching, enrichment and more.
- Your role is to develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of children, according to age, ability and aptitude.
- You will assess and record progress and prepare children for national tests.
- You will link children’s' knowledge to prior learning and develop ways to encourage it further by challenging and inspiring children to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding.
Merrywood Education is a School of Opportunities and as part of our team you will work within a well-established, forward-thinking team and work within an environment that:
- Challenges the typical way of educating children and is creating a reform within education
- Delivers a Needs Based Curriculum that is modern and therapeutic, whilst having a strong focus on English, Mathematics, Science and Computing
- Has incredibly amazing children
- Offers a high staff to child ratio
- Drives a Trauma Informed environment
- Challenges the typical behavioural strategies used within schools
- Prioritises staff wellbeing
- Has an in-house staff wellbeing consultant
- Heavily focuses on professional development and progression
- Inspires children to find new hobbies and future aspirations
- Has an in-house therapy team for children and staff to access
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience and knowledge of working within a SEN school
- Experience of strong teaching and effective accountability
- A good understanding of the KS1/KS2/KS3 curriculum (not all required)
- A desire to deliver a high quality of outstanding care within our schools
- A good knowledge of mental health, neurological functioning, trauma and safeguarding
- Be a person who thrives in a fun, yet challenging environment
- Create an environment that promotes exceptional teaching with high expectations of learning and behaviour
- Have a proven track record in raising standards for children
- Have a passion for building strong relationships with children through restorative working
The ideal candidate will be:
- Someone who is resilient and approachable
- A good communicator who is able to inspire and motivate children but also who can remain calm under pressure and have a sense of humour
- Held accountable for their performance, whilst inspiring new ideas and recommendations to others
- Strong and reflective practitioner
- Therapy sessions
- Clinical supervision
- Team days
- Family team feel
- Staff wellbeing model
If you feel that you have the energy, passion, resilience and drive to be part of making Merrywood Education an outstanding school, we would love to hear from you. We are sure you will experience our friendly, relaxed atmosphere and get a taste of how rewarding your work will be.
Merrywood Education 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.