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Art And Design Teacher - Full-time - Special Needs Position

The Beacon, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-7043-174T
  • Posted:01/07/2020
  • Pay:MPS/UPS plus SEN
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:15/07/2020 at 12:00
  • Interviews:17th/20th July 2020


If you want to be part of a highly supportive and creative learning environment, then please read on!

We provide an exciting and fast paced 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.  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


We are seeking to appoint a Teacher of Art (Art and Design) who has the qualities, skills and drive necessary to inspire our KS3, KS4 and Sixth Form pupils, delivering success across the broad ability range within our school. You would be joining a school who shares your commitment to the importance of creativity, enjoyment and engagement through the Arts and are eager to support new ideas, approaches and possibilities that will enhance the development of our pupils.  

The role would suit a candidate with some experience of teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs and a comprehensive knowledge of the curriculum, assessments and appropriate qualifications. You will have a commitment to sustain progress from pupils’ individual starting points and will enjoy celebrating these achievements. The pupils within the learning zones in which you will teach will have a range of needs including ASD, sensory and communication challenges. 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; the Art work displayed across the school and its community should reflect your ambition and pride of the wealth of talent within The Beacon.  

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

The school places a high priority on professional and career development.

Please note that this position is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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 Lauren Scott-Smith on 01303 847555 or email Lauren.Scott-Smith@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk


Information about the school

We are an all-age school (3-19 years) offering 380 pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments a wide range of educational experiences based in Folkestone. We currently work across two sites: the main site is Park Farm Road, Folkestone and a small 10 place satellite provision hosted by Castle Hill Primary School also in Folkestone.

The school is on the cusp of kick starting phase one of our new satellite provision which will be based in Walmer, Deal providing education experiences for an additional 240 pupils.

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 MultiAgency 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. 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.

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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.