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Key Stage 4 Lead & Teacher - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Life Skills Manor for Autism, Sandwich

  • Ref:KCC886-19087-10T
  • Posted:12/09/2022
  • Pay:MPS/ UPR
  • Start Date:January 2023
  • App Close Date:10/10/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Monday 17th October


Want a new challenge with a new school? Have you got the capabilty to help us on our journey to become an outstanding independent school for children with autism? 

We require an aspiring leader to join us on our journey to deliver an academic and real-life skills curriculum to children diagnosed with autism. The role is proposed as 50% leadership and 50% teaching subject to experience and capabilities. We are looking for drive, enthusiasm and potential to join our friendly, positive and professional school.

The successful candidates will be an experienced and successful SEN teachers who enjoy team working and looking to progress into leadership. You will benefit from opportunities for further professional development and career progression as we value and support staff in all aspects of school life. As a new school, we will have opportunities for senior leadership progression too.

In your role as Key Stage 4 Lead it is proposed that you would oversee, 

KS4 Quality of Education

Behaviour and Rewards

Post-16 Transition & Careers

Pupil Work Experience

Break & Lunch Rota

Afterschool Clubs

Inter- School Competiton/ Houses 

Staff Wellbeing

Physical Interventions 

School Risk Assessments

We have a comprehensive induction programme for all staff and a very supportive team. Culture and wellbeing is vital to us, it’s not only what we do but how we do it that matters to us, relationships across the whole school staff team are positive, inclusive and helpful.

If you would like more information about the job role, it is fully recommended that you arrange a meeting with the headteacher. At this stage, it is only the teacher Job Description attched to the advert. The KS4 Lead Job Description will be finalised and agreed with the successful applicatant as we have scope to be flexible. 

Information about the school

The journey for Life Skills Manor for Autism started in 2015, proposed as a Special Free School. The original proposer team consisted of parents with children with autism and educational experts that had a range of SEND experience.

During the original proposal, the steering group formulated a Life Skills curriculum based upon the views of parent led groups. Unfortunately, the project was shelved pending political obstacles associated with Free Schools. In 2020, we were able to proceed with the Life Skills Manor vision as a self-governing provision. We are delighted to report that we are now an independent special school registered with the Department for Education.

Our school has been in the making for many years and we opened our doors in January 2022 to deliver our curriculum that embeds ‘skills for life’.

Our curriculum intent is to,

•Deliver a double-stranded curriculum at KS3 that is principally skills based with the inclusion of core academic subjects such as Maths, English and Science.

•Ensure every pupil will leave with employer recognised accreditations, certifications, qualifications, and social skills that will provide them with a solid platform to go onto further education or employment.

•Ensure Life Skills lessons will be taught every day to foster independent living, employability, healthy living, and participation in society.

Our pupil cohort will,

•Have a primary diagnosis of autism or in process of receiving a diagnosis.
•Have an EHC Plan.
•Be Secondary School aged or Secondary Transfer (Year 6). Please note: that we propose to have an intake of Year 6 and 7 in or first year of opening.
•Be from the Catchment Districts of Thanet, Dover or Canterbury.
•Have Moderate Learning Difficulties or are High Functioning Autism.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Paul Barrett
  • Address:Life Skills Manor, Baypoint Sports Club , Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9QL
  • Telephone: 01304 747464
  • Email: paul@lifeskillsmanor.co.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.