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Classroom Teacher (Secondary English) - Full-time

The Beacon, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-7043-342T
  • Posted:26/03/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS plus SEN
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:23/04/2024 at 08:00
  • Interviews:Mon 29 April 2024


This is an exciting opportunity for a teacher to work with pupils with range of complex  learning needs across the school.  We are hoping to appoint a passionate practitioner who can specialise in teaching English to our secondary aged pupils. 

The Beacon Folkestone provides a supportive and collaberative environment, that is constantly seeking to develop and enhance the best learning opportunities for our pupils. This is achieved through a dedicated peer to peer coaching programme, self-reflection and an ethos and culture where everyone is committed to school improvement.  In addition, we palce a high priority on professional and career development.

This role would suit a candidate with some experience of teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs and a comprehensive knowledge of the curriculum. You will have a commitment to sustain progress from pupils’ individual starting points and will enjoy celebrating these achievements. The pupils within the learning zone in which you will teach will have a range of needs. An ability to respond to different learning styles is essential together with a commitment to actively engage pupils within lessons. You must also have high expectations for the pupils you teach.

We are proud of our pupils’ accelerated progress, development of independence and the success of our onward routes into further education, employment and training, but don’t just take our word for it – have a read of what Ofsted recently said about us

http://thebeacon.kent.sch.uk/media/sites/2/The-Beacon-Ofsted-Inspection-Report-2019.pdf .

The Beacon is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Please note that this position is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and two satisfactory references.

If you are interested in the position, then we would really welcome a conversation and a visit to the school where a member of the Senior Leadership Team would be pleased to spend some time with you. Please contact Katie Lonergan, HR Manager on 01303 847555 or email hr@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Information about the school

The Beacon is a multi-site, all-age school (3-19 years) offering 410 pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments a wide range of educational experiences. We currently work across four sites: the main site is Park Farm Road, Folkestone, a small 10 place satellite provision hosted by Castle Hill Primary School, Beacon+ College for 19-25 year olds based in the town centre and our newest satellite provision in Walmer.

The Beacon has a strong cooperative ethos and culture, building on personalised learning to ensure all students thrive within school and beyond. Learning at The Beacon offers a child-centred ‘needs led’ curriculum, which incorporates elements of the EY Foundation Stage, National Curriculum and external accreditation as appropriate, including Life Skills and Social Skills.

We will also continue to provide training and support for mainstream schools through the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service team managed by the school. This team offers support, training, outreach advice and guidance to our mainstream colleagues. In addition, the Beacon has both conference and meeting facilities and regularly hosts nationally renowned speakers on its courses.

The Beacon also hosts a Multi-Agency Support Hub. This is one of four centres across the County that brings NHS colleagues, paediatricians, speech and occupational therapists, and nursing services, alongside children’s social services and portage colleagues into one cohesive centre. We are proud of the strong partnerships this brings to benefit the children and families of Shepway.

At The Beacon, we are driven by our shared moral purpose to do all that we can to improve educational outcomes and life chances for all our young people. We believe strongly that the best way to do this is through the partnership, collaboration and a commitment to work together to achieve excellence in all we do. Nothing says this more than our peer to peer reflection and coaching groups that exist throughout the school. This total collaboration and investment from staff drives our teaching and learning to be the best it can be. As we have outlined at the beginning of this narrative, we expect the highest possible standards of ourselves and all stakeholders, believing that in this way we can maximise learning and develop a truly reflective learning community.

If this sounds like the kind of environment in which you would thrive, then we look forward to hearing from you.

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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.