Teacher - Full-time

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-479T
  • Posted:03/06/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS + SEN allowance dependent on experience
  • Start Date:September 2024 or sooner
  • App Close Date:23/07/2024 at 16:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Are you an enthusiastic, creative, and committed teacher looking for a fulfilling opportunity? Our outstanding Special School is seeking a dedicated individual to join our team in September 2024 or sooner. We encourage applicants with knowledge of Early Years and Primary Curriculum to apply as their expertise would be relevant and valuable.

About the Role:

The successful candidate will possess exceptional pedagogy, excellent interpersonal skills, and a genuine passion for working with children and young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). While experience with SEND is beneficial, we prioritise candidates with a strong foundation in the EYFS and Primary curriculum knowledge, coupled with a willingness to embrace learning more about SEND and associated therapies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver engaging lessons tailored to meet the diverse needs of pupils with profound, severe, and complex learning needs.
  • Collaborate with our dedicated team to create stimulating learning opportunities.
  • Demonstrate initiative and a commitment to fostering a supportive learning environment.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Experience in teaching the EYFS and Primary Curriculum.
  • Knowledge of SEND, particularly in areas such as PMLD, SLD, or ASD is advantageous.
  • A willingness to embrace further learning about SEND and associated therapies.

What We Offer:

  • A fulfilling, rewarding, and caring environment with strong leadership support.
  • Access to Kent Rewards and KCC Employee Benefit Scheme.
  • Enrolment in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing, including access to key services such as a free counselling support line.
  • Comprehensive Induction and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme in line with school plan priorities and pupil centred needs.
  • Support from in-house therapy teams including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and the Special Schools’ Nursing Service.
  • Collaborative planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time with colleagues.
  • Phased mentor support dependent on experience.

We welcome applications from teachers currently working in both Special Schools and mainstream schools and settings. So, if you are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of children and young people with SEND, join us in creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment where every individual can thrive.

Information about the school

Ifield School is a welcoming and inclusive educational environment catering for pupils aged four to nineteen with profound, severe, and complex learning needs, alongside communication and interaction differences. At Ifield, we pride ourselves on our vibrant community and innovative approach to education, where every pupil has an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) tailored to their individual needs, reviewed annually to ensure progress and support.

Our dedicated staff members are the heart of our school, fostering an ethos of care, respect, and achievement. Through our collaborative efforts, we create a nurturing environment where every pupil can thrive and succeed. Inclusion is at the core of our mission and we achieve this through our outreach programmes, specialised resources, and the Ifield SMILE Training Centre.

Ifield School has been recognised as an outstanding provision by Ofsted for the fourth consecutive time, which is a testament to our commitment to excellence in education. Furthermore, Ifield School is a proud founding member of KsENT, a cooperative trust for Kent Special Schools, illustrating our dedication to collaboration and collective growth in special education. In September 2015, we federated with King's Farm Primary School, forming the Cedar Federation under a unified governing body, further enhancing our capacity to provide exceptional education and care.

At Ifield School, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils are paramount. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment, and as such, stringent safeguarding measures are in place. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children. Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Safe in Education legislation.

Join us at Ifield School, where every pupil’s successes are recognised, nurtured, and celebrated along their unique educational journey.

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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.