Class Teacher (Secondary ASN Provision) - Knox Academy Meadowpark

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Ref no: EAL02560
Closes: Sunday, 28th January 2018
Published: Friday, 12th January 2018
Location: Knox Academy Communication Provision, Victoria Road
Salary: £22,416 - £35,763 per year
Hours: 35.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: East Lothian Council
Category: Education
Sub-category: Secondary Education

Vacancy Information

Permanent full time position
35 hours per week
To start asap

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join East Lothian Council’s new Communication Provision Knox Academy Meadowpark for secondary aged pupils with autism and communication difficulties (severe and complex needs) who require a highly individualised and adapted approach to teaching and learning. The provision provides places for currently up to 18 secondary pupils (to rise to a maximum of 30 pupils in the next few years) from across the county and is housed in a newly refurbished Victorian infant school close to Knox Academy.

The Provision offers pupils and staff extensive facilities including a sensory room, activity room, fully accessible meeting area, staff base, therapy rooms as well as generous outdoor space and ICT support. There is also a fully fitted apartment for pupils to develop independent living skills as they reach the Senior Phase.

Knox Academy Meadowpark aims to provide each pupil with an individualised curriculum according to his/her identified strengths and needs. Staff focus on developing communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, using symbols, photographs, objects, signing, written words and augmentative communication aids. Staff seek to promote the ability of each pupil to perform tasks necessary for life after school, to the highest level possible (including national qualifications) across all areas of the curriculum.

Staff work very closely with a range of professionals from education services, health personnel, social work and other organisations offering specialist services to our young people to offer the best possible co-ordinated support necessary to ensure our pupils will benefit from school education.

This post requires a dynamic teacher with a strong background in working with pupils with autism/severe and complex needs, their families and associated professionals.

Applications from teachers qualified to teach any STEM subject(s) to national levels would be highly desirable but not essential, to complement our current staff specialisms.

Please Note:  Interviews for this post will be held on Thursday 11th January 2018

Job Details

Teaching relevant subject through S1-S6.

Subject to the policies of the school and the education authority the duties of teachers, promoted and unpromoted, are to perform such tasks as the Head Teacher shall direct having reasonable regard to overall teacher workload related to the following categories-

Teaching assigned classes together with associated preparation and correction
Developing the school curriculum
Assessing, recording and reporting on the work of pupils
Preparing pupils for examinations and assisting with their administration
Providing advice and guidance to pupils on issues related to their education
Promoting and safeguarding the health, welfare and safety of pupils
Working in partnership with parents, support staff and other professionals
Undertaking appropriate and agreed continuing professional development
Participating in issues related to school planning, raising achievement and individual review
Contributing towards good order and the wider needs of the school

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification attached at the bottom of the page for the full range of tasks and duties associated with the job. 

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Registered with GTCS as a teacher of relevant subject

For Permanent Posts: Full GTCS Registration is required.
For Temporary Posts: Full/Provisional GTCS Registration is required.

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Additional Information

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