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Teacher of Pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Needs - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Inspire Academy, Chatham

  • Ref:KCC887-7000-47T
  • Posted:11/09/2023
  • Pay:MPS/UPS + SEN
  • Start Date:October 2023 - Term 2
  • App Close Date:01/10/2023 at 23:45
  • Interviews:03/10/2023 & 04/10/2023


We are seeking to appoint x2 exceptional and inspirational Teachers of pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding SEMH provision, with our current pupil numbers being increased as of April 2023.  We will also be moving to a brand new, purpose-built academy in September 2025, which will increase our capacity even further, leading to good career progression opportunities for the right candidates.  If you are looking for a new challenge and would like to be part of a great team, then please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit, or ask any questions.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding classroom practitioner with a proven track record of success and the ability to achieve the best outcomes for all students.  We are particularly interested in candidates who share our commitment to improving the life chances of young people regardless of background.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to further their career as we are committed to fully supporting professional development and helping our colleagues achieve their career potential.  For the right candidate there may be the opportunity to train as a SENCO, which will attract a TLR. These options can be explored further at interview.

If you are an outstanding practitioner with a commitment to high standards and a passion for teaching, we would be delighted to hear from you and look forward to receiving an application.

Opportunities for further progression will be available across the MAT for enthusiastic and ambitious candidates.  This is a public-facing role, so fluency in English is required.

Teachers must be available to work the directed time below (as per the STPCD 2023):

  • This is a maximum of 1,265 hours per academic year, spread over 195 days. 
  • Teachers can be required to teach on 190 days, the maximum length of the pupil year.
  • Teachers can be required to work a further 5 non-teaching (usually inset) days.  These hours count towards the 1,265 hour limit. 

Visits to the Academy are welcomed.

Closing date:  Sunday 1st October 2023 11:59pm

Interview date:  Tuesday 3rd October / Wednesday 4th October 2023

Position start date:  Term 2 - October 2023

To apply, please download a copy of the PLT Application Form attached to this job advert, and return it once completed to the Job Contact.

Please note - we do not accept CV's.  Additionally, CV's submitted via an agency will also not be considered.

Information about the school

Information about the Academy:

Inspire Academy is an SEMH Special School for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, and forms part of The Parallel Learning Multi-Academy Trust.

All the students at Inspire Academy have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan), with a primary need of SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health). Some exhibit very challenging behaviour and Mainstream schooling is not always the most appropriate setting for them. Sometimes their first encounter of school has been chaotic and certainly challenging, many have had a fragmented education and have fallen behind their peers academically. This often results in self-esteem issues and anti-social behaviour.

With small classes and amazing staff that truly understand SEMH we feel that once a student starts at Inspire they have every opportunity to turn their lives around. Every child has the right to achieve and we believe that every parent and carer has the right to expect that Inspire Academy will do its very best for their child. With this in mind we work closely with parents and carers and other agencies to help each student make positive choices and changes which will serve them better in their future.

A key feature that we try to adopt is teaching the students to take responsibility for their behaviour and consequences. We teach them to try and put things right when they go wrong, together with learning the values of tolerance and respect for themselves and others.

Information about the Trust:

Parallel Learning Trust is a Special and Alternative Provision Multi- Academy Trust.

The Trust is committed to transforming lives for all pupils. Currently, we have seven academies that offer alternative or special provision for those children with social, emotional or mental health needs, with clear plans for sustainable growth over the next 3 years.

The Parallel Learning Trust was founded in 2014 to support the conversion of Park Campus and Kennington Park.

The Members and Directors of the Trust have a wealth of experience, brought together by a passion for giving children the best start in life.

You can find out more about skills and attributes of the Members and Directors by going to the following page: www.plt.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Senior HR & SLT Administrator
  • Address:Silverbank, Churchill Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME5 0LB
  • Telephone: 01634 827372
  • Email: office@inspireacademy.org.uk


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.