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First Leap Nursery Manager SEN - Observation and Assessment - Full-time

Foreland Fields School, Ramsgate

  • Ref:KCC886-7040-270T
  • Posted:19/02/2023
  • Pay:UPS + SEN1 + TLR
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:03/03/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:8th March 2023


This is an exceptional opportunity to join the highly successful team at First Leap Nursery. We are looking for experienced and inspirational teacher to lead the specialist observation and assessment nursery for Thanet, based at Foreland Fields School from September 2023.

As well as overseeing the day to day running of the nursery, the successful candidate will be expected to work in partnership with parents and carers, local mainstream nurseries, inclusion forums (LIFT), STLS, the local authority and NHS therapists, to ensure that all necessary observations and evidence are co-ordinated for statutory assessment purposes. They will also be responsible for leading the necessary outreach to ensure a smooth transition for all pupils into their Year R provision.

Further information can be found in the Nursery Manager Job Description document attached. This post has been re-advertised and previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.

Foreland Fields School is highly committed to improving the life chances of our pupils and students and to the raising of standards throughout school. We place a firm emphasis upon the knowledge and skills needed in later life, working in partnership with parents and outside agencies to achieve this.

The successful candidate will therefore need to be able to demonstrate:

  • That they are a reflective practitioner with a commitment to ongoing professional development and research into best pedagogy and practice
  • The drive and ambition to improve the life chances of pupils with SEN
  • A good understanding of current national, statutory and curriculum requirements, particularly the EYFS and the statutory assessment process for EHCPs.
  • The capability to deliver consistently good or better lessons.
  • Knowledge of teaching pupils with special educational needs in either a mainstream or specialist setting
  • The skill to differentiate their approach for pupils of all abilities
  • The ability to work well as a member of a team and have excellent interpersonal skills with children, parents, professionals and other adults
  • The ability to write clear and accurate reports about pupil attainment, progress and needs.


We can offer you:

  • A friendly and welcoming school community
  • A rights respecting ethos, where the best interests of every child are a priority
  • Committed, hard-working supportive specialist staff and governing body
  • A well-resourced and rich learning environment
  • A coaching culture, with a comprehensive weekly CPD programme and opportunities for professional development

Candidates are warmly invited to visit the school at the following times:

Tuesday 21st February 10am and 4pm

Wednesday 22nd February 10am and 4pm

Tuesday 28th February 4pm

Please contact the Deputy Headteacher (sarahthorp@foreland.kent.sch.uk) for further information, or to arrange a visit to the school.

Information about the school

Foreland Fields School is a Day Special School for pupils with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN), many of whom also have Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

We provide for 200+ pupils aged 3-19 in five departments, Nursery, Infants, Juniors (KS2) Secondary (KS3) and KS4/6th Form. In addition, we have satellite classes at Garlinge Primary School, Hartsdown Academy and East Kent College.

We encourage all of our employees to further their career development and we respect initiative and ambition. We are committed to performance management, staff training and coaching. The successful candidate will embrace the special ethos of the School, and the role will provide an opportunity to take Foreland Fields School into this next exciting phase and beyond.

Foreland Fields School is committed to the safeguarding and well-being of children therefore all successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check and references. We will also complete an online search on all shortlisted candidates.

Job Contact Information


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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 Education.