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SEND Lead Teacher - Full-time

St John's C.E.Primary School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-3050-230T
  • Posted:26/05/2023
  • Pay:MPS + TLR 2 £3,017
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:12/06/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:tbc


If you have a growth mindset, love teaching and have a passion for learning then our children need you! We are looking to appoint a creative and enthusiastic lead teacher for SEND.  In response to the increasing needs of our children, we have established additional specialist interventions that enable us to nurture and educate in a way that matches their needs. We are looking for a passionate, nurturing, creative and adaptable teacher to oversee and develop our Rainbow and Saplings groups.  

As a member of the Inclusion Team you will be responsible for leading our Rainbow and Saplings groups ensuring children achieve their personal targets and make excellent progress. You will have a minimum 5 years teaching experience.

Rainbow (SEND) – a small specialist intervention. Pupils have an EHCP and/or HNF and personalised provision plans. The additional needs of the children in this group are varied but focus mainly on the areas of communication and interaction, cognition and learning and speech and language. Children follow the EYFS Framework or the National Curriculum, in a highly personalised and differentiated format. Pupils access Rainbow for all or part of the day dependent on their personalised plans, spending the rest of their day in their home class.  

Saplings – a short-term Nurture Group intervention that pupils join following a Boxall Profile assessment. The needs of the pupils in this group fall broadly within the social, emotional and mental health category. Pupils are identified as requiring this brief intervention by their class teachers for a variety of reasons.  

We want teachers who;

  • are strong, confident and enjoy making a difference
  • have a proven ability to teach pupils with SEND using engaging and dynamic techniques
  • have the ability to lead and work with a team in a reflective, responsive and flexible manner
  • is able to reflect and see solutions in daily teaching in their own practice and that of the team
  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • can share ideas for the adjustment of learning to enable pupils to access the learning effectively
  • will play a lead role in planning and preparing lessons and resources as well as supporting TPs to deliver sessions.
  • is able to contribute to and support the Christian ethos of our school
  • can build effective trusting relationships with staff, pupils, parents and external agencies

We can offer:

  • a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a supportive team
  • hardworking and committed staff and governors
  • enthusiastic pupils
  • opportunities for professional development
  • coaching and support
  • an attractive and well resourced school

Visits to the school are essential. Please telephone the school office to arrange a visit with Michaela Luckett after school on 01892 678 980. 

Information about the school

St. John’s is a school with a Christian foundation and we welcome all children and adults into our community. We want our children, families and staff to know that they are valued, cared for and to be happy. We want our children to be passionate about learning and to equip them with the tools that will enable them to flourish academically, emotionally and spiritually.

1 Corinthians 12 v 12 says, ‘there is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body.’

We are a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School situated in Tunbridge Wells. We have three forms of entry with a total of 630 pupils. We offer a wide range of extra curricular activities to pupils.

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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.