Head of the ARC
We are looking to appoint an inspirational and talented teacher to manage our Autistic Resource Centre. You will join a dedicated and friendly team of colleagues in the ARC who work alongside staff in other
SEND departments and also the mainstream school. You will play a key role in the SEND provision at Springwest, working collaboratively with the Deputy SENDCo and Director of Inclusion. You will make a significant contribution to teaching and learning in the ARC as well as developing provision for all students supported by the ARC. Your key areas of
responsibility would be:
● Ensuring a range of opportunities for inclusive learning for students supported by the ARC;
● Taking responsibility for ensuring appropriate pathway and progression for students when they are ready to leave the Trust;
● Promote independence for students supported by the ARC through the encouragement of their development of life skills and involvement in a range of extra curricular and social activities.
The ARC caters for students who have been assessed as being on the Autistic Spectrum, and would benefit from access to mainstream curriculum. We provide all of our students with opportunities to
thrive, to learn, and to make the most of all of their skills and talents. The ARC has 15 places for students in Years 7 to 11 as well as a number of associate students across the school. The curriculum for ARC
students can be modified to focus on communication, behaviour and social interaction.
What we are looking for
A teacher who
● has a knowledge of a range of SEND but specifically ASD;
● is passionate about and committed to enabling all students to fulfil their potential regardless of their starting point;
● has a clear understanding of how students learn;
● will lead by example with energy and enjoyment
What we offer
- Department offices, assigned classrooms, staff laptops, cloud technology; we do our utmost to make your job work for your benefit.
- We think differently; take our school day as an example. Our later start of 9:20am for students allows our staff time to plan in the morning, whilst they are fresh. It also responds to the adolescent brain, which is more alert later in the morning.
- Staff meetings take place in the morning; developing our staff is always a priority, it is only right that this takes place at the start of the day, free from the distractions and fatigue of the school day.
- Finish at 1:50pm every Friday and start at 8:50am on Monday and leave your work at school; make the most of your weekend!
- We are a good school (Ofsted 2018) and offer genuine support and guidance to our staff, after all, you are our most important resource.
- A wide range of benefits from flexible working to flu jabs and a lot more in between.
We take staff development very seriously and are a friendly and inclusive school offering a variety of staff benefits including travel loans and cycle to work scheme. If this sounds like the job for you we would love to hear from you. Please download the application form from our website. We look forward to receiving your application.
Contract start date: 1st September 2022
Application closing date: 9am Monday 21st March 2022
Interviews: will be held according to application
Salary: Outer London Main Pay Scale / Upper Pay Scale (£29,915 to £45,766) with a TLR1a
Contract type: Full-time
Contract term: Permanent
Prepare for your first year and be paid over the summer with optional July start date.
Early finish every Friday.
Planned non-contact days to allow for marking following assessment periods.
Cycle to work scheme.
Free annual flu jabs.
Interest-free annual season ticket loan up to £3,000 to cover the cost of public travel between home and the workplace.
‘Finder’s fee’ recruitment programme.
On-site day nursery and a preschool (8am to 5pm Monday to Friday) offering discount to our staff.
The Government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme is available to all eligible Trust employees.
Paid 'thank you' afternoon for eligible staff.
Employee Assistance Programme offering free & confidential counselling as well as general advice including financial.
Please send your completed application form and equalities monitoring form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Beatrice, English Teacher
Being an NQT at Springwest Academy has been an enriching experience; I feel like my voice is heard and my teaching philosophy valued, not only during department meetings but CPD too. I truly feel that this school is progressive and is open to exploring new, research based teaching strategies. This has really improved my professional development. Most importantly, there is, and has been since I arrived as a trainee, a comfortable, trusting and positive atmosphere throughout the school with excellent teachers which has made my time here.
Jennie, Science Teacher
The most positive aspect of my job has been the relationships that I have been able to build with the students, who are diverse and engaging. The senior management have been very flexible and understanding of my need for a home life balance and have supported me so that I have always been able to ‘be there’ for my own family.