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Lead/Senior Teacher of Science - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Newingate School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC997-3949823-18T
  • Posted:08/03/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS equivalent
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:26/04/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:May 2024


Responsible To: The Headteacher

We are seeking a Lead Teacher for Science to join our team, who has the willingness and ability to contribute to establishing the school as a local centre of excellence for learning and teaching for Autistic students. 

We are looking for a colleague who is a Science specialist and also a great all-rounder: enthusiastic, innovative, committed, highly motivated and a positive role model. Those with prior experience or training in the Secondary or SEND sectors will be well prepared for teaching in our school. We are committed to offering a full and broad curriculum across the school that enables excellent outcomes for our students.  If you have the experience and/or drive to lead on other specific curriculum areas or aspect of provision, we will offer the opportunity and support to do so.

We offer a bespoke ECT program for those starting out in their career.

Job Summary 

To take responsibility for the planning, implementation, and assessment of a broad and balanced Science curriculum for our cohort of students with a diagnosis of Autism and SEMH difficulties. To ensure that all students, irrespective of their varying learning abilities, make progress and achieve the best possible outcomes. 

Successful candidates will be:

  • A creative, knowledgeable, and reflective practitioner who has high expectations of learning and teaching for themselves and their team
  • Proficient in appropriate models of teaching and support for autistic children
  • Able to build positive relationships with students, parents, and staff across the school
  • Able to design a high-quality curriculum, giving students the confidence to succeed
  • Able to engage and inspire students through engaging lessons and varied learning opportunities to reduce gaps in learning
  • Able to support our students to reach their full personal and academic potential

 We offer:

  • A variety of development and professional learning opportunities, including our own in-house training programmes and fully funded leadership CPD
  • Support from experienced staff and Senior Leaders to continually refine and develop your teaching career
  • A closely knit and collaborative staff team dedicated to ensuring very positive outcomes for our students.
  • Professional ‘freedom’ to create and deliver the most appropriate curriculum for our students
  • Access to a wider network of professional colleagues to support, celebrate and develop innovative pedagogy
  • A positive working environment that supports personal and professional growth and wellbeing.


Newingate School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects staff to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to Enhanced Disclosure, via the DBS and are subject to qualification, reference, and health checks.  CVs are not accepted in isolation

Visits to the school are welcomed.  If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact the Headteacher via email headteacher@newingateschool.co.uk

Information about the school

Newingate School is a specialist independent school for children with Autism and associated Social, Emotional & Mental Health needs. All students have an EHCP and are referred to the school by their local authority. The school is registered for 11-18 year olds and provides a personalised curriculum to meet each individuals needs via small class and sometimes 1:1 learning support. Newingate School is committed to personal development and achievement for all which is reflected in its curriculum aspirations and support for staff well being and progression.

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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 Education.