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Specialist Nursery Outreach Practitioner - Term Time

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-626S
  • Posted:11/06/2024
  • Pay:KR5 (actual salary £21,175.20 inc. SEN)
  • Start Date:2nd September 2024
  • App Close Date:25/06/2024 at 10:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Five Acre Wood is a successful, outward looking and expanding District Special School based over 3 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent. We currently have over 750 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs.

We are currently looking to recruit committed, enthusiastic, hard-working practitioners to work as part of the Specialist Intervention Nursery in the Outreach team. This role would involve working with pre-school aged children who have been identified as part of the LIFT process to benefit from receiving specialist support and this would take place within their Early Years Setting.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • To model good practice and strategies as recommended by Specialist Intervention Nursery Manager or the Early Years Specialist Teacher in mainstream Early Years settings
  • To work with children individually and in small groups to model best practice to Nursery staff
  • Provide Nursery Manager with detailed feedback as to pupil’s progress and development, to inform the statutory assessment process.
  • Attend specialist intervention review meetings and/or Joint Assessment Meetings with parents and professionals, as required.
  • To support Early Years practitioners to enable children with SEND to achieve the best outcomes
  • To assist settings with Personalised Plan strategies
  • To review Personalised Plan outcomes, short term targets and strategies with Specialist Intervention Nursery Manager regularly
  • To provide feedback to the Specialist Intervention Nursery Manager and settings practitioners
  • To maintain your subject knowledge of the EYFS, current processes and SEND strategies

Our achievements include Ofsted “Outstanding”, and the WAS “Wellbeing Award” which recognises how we look after employees and pupils.

The role is full time, term time only with 30 minutes lunch. There is a start time of 8:30-4pm on Outreach days and one day class based onsite at Loose from 8-3:30pm.

Actual salary for the post is £21,175.20 including SEN allowance.

In addition to the salary there are opportunities for professional development, a generous KCC pension scheme and Kent Rewards which has access to discounts at food shops, retailers, restaurants and cinemas.

The job description and person specification for the post is attached to this advert.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Human Resources Team

Information about the school

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding Special School based over 4 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent. We are one of the largest special schools in the country with over 800 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs.

Our ‘Outstanding’ school will continue to expand and we are looking for people with a positive approach to join us who share our vision of ‘Only the best will do’ for all our students and staff. We are a Teaching School and part of a collaborative alliance with other special schools. We have been awarded The Schools Wellbeing Award for pupils and staff which demonstrates we really value our people and want to work with them to fulfil their career ambitions.

In addition to your salary, FAW allowance and pension benefits, we have excellent additional staff benefits including:

Confidential staff counselling service A wellbeing app and platform A range of staff social and well-being events Annual flu vaccinations

Sometimes words cannot explain how something really is, we would encourage you to view the links below:

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here.

Woodstock 2023 – Woodstock 2023 Festival at Five Acre Wood School - YouTube

Woodstock 2022 - Woodstock 2022 Festival at Five Acre Wood Schools - YouTube

Woodstock 2019 - Five Acre Wood School's "Woodstock 2019" - Amazing Festival in a Day! (Longer Film) - YouTube

We produced our own songs and music videos, you can watch them here: -

Beautiful – Five Acre Wood School featuring Taryn Charles - Youtube

Five Acre Wood School Featuring Jack Rose - Hall Of Fame - YouTube

Don’t Give Up – Nathan Grisdale and Five Acre Wood School - YouTube

We look forward to hearing from you.

Five Acre Wood is committed to the safeguarding of all its pupils, you will therefore be subject to an enhanced disclosure process. As part of our responsibility for safeguarding, in addition to the Kent policy of one employment and one personal reference, the school will request additional employment references. The school will also, as outlined in Keeping children Safe in Education 2022, complete an online search for shortlisted candidates.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Nicola Devereux
  • Address:Boughton Lane, Maidstone , Kent, ME15 9QF
  • Telephone: (01622) 743925
  • Email: hr@five-acre.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01622 744828


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.