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Teacher Of Key Skills - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, Tenterden

  • Ref:KCC886-5408-683T
  • Posted:09/03/2020
  • Pay:MPS/UPS
  • Start Date:September 2020
  • App Close Date:29/03/2020 at 20:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Required September 2020


Are you a qualified teacher who has experience of teaching students with Special Educational Needs?  Are you looking for a new challenge in a supportive and welcoming environment?

The aim of our Key Skills groups is to unlock the potential in SEN students to enable them achieve their maximum and to create aspirations of the future.  This is developed through our bespoke inclusive curriculum and development of functional learning skills in a less traditional secondary education setting.  We focus on developing resilience and a growth mindset through a nurturing approach.  We celebrate success through building on existing attributes and developing wider skills.  Learners’ communication skills and social and emotional development are at the heart of this.

Our Key Skills practices are designed to support SEN students through a focus on individuals’ progress; providing different learning experiences, using different teaching materials, approaches and equipment.  This small group approach is based on the Nurture Group philosophy but also focuses on more personalised literacy, numeracy and social skills needed for students for inclusion in the mainstream curriculum secondary school environment.  Links with parents/carers are critical to the success of the groups as is student ownership through student voice work, shared responsibilities and peer support experiences.

The successful candidate will have good knowledge and awareness of Special Educational Needs strategies and have an ability to differentiate work appropriately.  We would welcome applications from teachers with either primary or secondary training and experience.  The right candidate will feel confident about teaching Maths, English and Humanities.  The ability to teach History would be an advantage.

Professional development of our staff has emphasis here and for teaching staff there is the opportunity to engage with Leadership Development Training at NPQML or NPQSL levels.  Our school is set in a 55 acre site midway between London and the Channel Ports and is easily commutable via major roads and motorways from London.  You will enjoy a unique working environment in the heart of the Weald of Kent including discounts and offers with Kent Rewards.   All teaching staff are provided with an IT device and there is also a nursery based on the school site which offers discounts to Homewood Staff. 

We are not accepting applications from employment agencies for this position but would be delighted to receive a direct application.

Application packs are available from our school website www.homewood-school.co.uk alternatively please send an email to Ellie Reid in Human Resources vacancies@homewood.kent.sch.uk .

Closing date for applications:             29th March 2020

Early applications are encouraged as we review applications as we receive them.

Information about the school

Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre is a mixed 11 – 18 wide ability school with Academy status with 2100 students including 350 in the Sixth Form. We are part of Tenterden Schools’ Trust working in collaboration with local primary schools serving the Wealden town of Tenterden and the surrounding villages. The school is situated on the edge of Tenterden and enjoys a large semi-rural site overlooking open countryside.

Homewood has excellent facilities for all its students and our specialisms in Performing Arts, Applied Learning and the Rural Dimension underpin our approaches to learning which are designed to raise achievement across the whole student body. We aim to maintain and develop the cultural aspirations of the school community in line with our priorities of “belonging” and “respect” and offer a broad range of curriculum opportunities in all subject areas. This also extends into the local community through partnerships across primary, secondary and higher education sectors as well as non-educational community partners.

Homewood provides a secure and caring learning environment in which all students can flourish and succeed. It is a school renowned for its support for students’ wellbeing. Heads of College provide academic and pastoral leadership for the students in their College, supported by dedicated form tutors, a Family Liaison Officer and Assistant Head of College. A range of other staff including counsellors and a qualified nurse help and support the students through their time at Homewood. Consideration and respect for each other is central to our work and we are justly proud of our students’ achievements.

I hope you will be inspired to submit an application to join us. If you are successful, you can be assured of a very warm welcome and a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the young people of this part of Kent.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01580764188


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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.