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Lead Teacher of the Special Resource Provision - Full-time

Folkestone Academy, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-4020-573L
  • Posted:27/02/2024
  • Pay:Leadership Payscale depending on experience
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:15/03/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Week Commencing 15th March 2024


Are you committed to transforming the futures of children and their families through the power of education? Would you like the opportunity to lead and establish a brand new provision in “an exceptional example of an inclusive secondary school” in which “the values of inclusion are at the forefront of the school’s moral purpose”? (Inclusion Quality Mark assessment report, June 2023)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for us to appoint an inspirational, ambitious and dedicated SRP Lead Teacher to create and develop a new provision for pupils with ASD at Folkestone Academy. The provision will open in September 2024 in a purpose-built space. Initially, the SRP will provide support for 6 pupils in Year 7 and will eventually have the capacity to offer 30 places for pupils with an EHCP for ASD. We also aim for the exceptional work within the SRP to have a positive impact on other pupils with ASD in the school and across the Trust.

We are looking for a leader with a passion for securing the highest levels of inclusive practice to enable every pupil in the SRP and beyond to thrive and be successful. 

Working as part of the SEND team at FA  and across the wider trust, you would have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to implement effective and innovative strategies to support our young people.

The ideal candidate will…

  • be dedicated to securing exceptional provision for pupils with SEND, sharing best practice with colleagues
  • have an excellent understanding of how to deliver high effective provision for pupils with ASD
  • have experience of coaching other colleagues to improve their practice for pupils with SEND 
  • employ excellent interpersonal skills, supporting colleagues, parents and pupils to make a great team and improve provision
  • have a specialist qualification in ASD, or be willing to work towards such an accreditation
  • employ excellent interpersonal skills, supporting colleagues, parents and pupils to make a great team and improve provision
  • have the drive to make a real difference to the lives of pupils in an area of coastal disadvantage and fully embrace the diverse community
  • be a real team player
  • be able to challenge and motivate others to achieve outstanding practice 

Benefits of Working for Turner Schools:

We care about our staff's personal and professional wellbeing and are pleased to offer the following benefits:

  • Fully funded access to Benenden Healthcare
  • Outstanding professional development through our Turner Institute
  • Regular wellbeing and social activities
  • Counselling and mental wellbeing support
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Electric car schemeCycle to work scheme
  • Innovation Awards that encourage staff to put forward innovative ideas to make a difference to children’s experiences
  • Trust Vision and Values awards to recognise staff contribution
  • Free parking on all our sites with access to E chargers

Our staff tell us that the Trust is a supportive and motivational place to work, with real attention paid to staff wellbeing, workload and professional development. Further information about our Trust can be found on our website: www.turnerschools.com

The post will include a teaching responsibility.


Information about the school

At Folkestone Academy we foster an environment where students value their education and enjoy their learning and feel inspired to develop their true passions. We offer traditional academic subjects alongside creative arts, sports and a vibrant extra-curricular. We want our pupils to find their talents and be the best they can be.

We believe our purpose is to provide the young people we serve with a powerful education. This education will foster ambitious students who have the confidence to succeed academically and to go on to live fulfilled, successful lives.

We believe that a knowledge-led curriculum delivered by research-engaged, dedicated practitioners is the catalyst necessary to achieve this purpose. Essential to this purpose is our shared commitment to our values.

Folkestone Academy is part of Turner Schools, which is committed to giving a powerful education to local families through schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Turner Schools is committed to ensuring success without selection for our pupils and students by teaching them the core knowledge and life skills they need to thrive in the modern world. Turner Schools is committed to leading schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Our mission is to set a new standard in non-selective education, empowering our pupils and students with cultural capital. In this way we will contribute to the regeneration of the region; we call this mission ‘sea-change’.

Our schools include: Folkestone Academy; Folkestone Primary; Morehall Primary; Martello Primary; and Turner Free School.

Turner Schools is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this same commitment. Any appointment is subject to satisfactory recruitment checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an on-line search in order to identify any incidents or issues that have happened and are publicly available on line.Two references are required prior to commencement of employment. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Caroline Dominguez
  • Address:Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5FP
  • Telephone: 01303 842433
  • Email: hr@turnerschools.com
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.