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Specialist Teacher for Physical Disability - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Valence School, Westerham

  • Ref:KCC886-7021-153T
  • Posted:30/09/2021
  • Pay:MPR/UPR + SEN Allowance
  • Start Date:January 2022 or before
  • App Close Date:10/10/2021 at 23:45
  • Interviews:21 October 2021



Full Time : 1.0 FTE : Permanent

MPR/UPR (depending on experience) + SEN Allowance

To cover Maidstone & Gravesham

This is a unique opportunity to join an enthusiastic, and collaborative county team working to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people (CYP)with physical disabilities and complex medical needs in educational settings through full inclusion and access to learning.  You will advise and support early years settings and mainstream colleagues (SENDCos, Class Teachers and TA’s) on strategies and interventions which enable full physical and curriculum access.  You will be involved in multi-agency planning to ensure the best possible outcomes for CYP with physical disabilities and/or complex medical needs.

You will have Qualified Teacher Status.  Subject specialism is unimportant but recent experience of successful teaching in UK mainstream schools is essential along with exemplary classroom practice including excellent interpersonal and organisational skillsExperience of working with physically disabled children and young people is highly desirable.  You must be able to travel across Kent to meet the requirements of the role.

For application details visit www.valenceschool.com > work for us  or contact the HR team on 01959 567841 vacancies@valence.kent.sch.uk

For information on the Specialist Teaching & Learning Service (STLS) contact Julie Jackson, STLS Professional Lead for Physical Disability on 07714 246396 jjackson@valence.kent.sch.uk

The Specialist Teaching & Learning Service for Physical Disability and Complex Medical Needs is a county-wide service supporting children and young people from a number of bases in each of the twelve districts in Kent.  We are commissioned by Kent County Council, through Valence School, a special school in Westerham for students with physical disabilities and complex medical needs, to support the inclusion and progress of CYP - there are a whole range of ways that we support the access to education for this group of CYP.

Information about the school

We are proud to share with you the excellent work we do with children and young people who have physical disabilities and complex medical needs. Our school is unique within the maintained sector in the whole of southern England. We cater for students aged 4 to 19 and have both day and boarding places. We have a large site with high quality teaching, social care and health care facilities. A staff team of over 200 people provides specialist teaching, social care, therapies and nursing care to an exceptionally high standard.

Our overall aim is to enable every child and young person to achieve meaningful independence. Students flourish in a supportive but challenging environment, making good educational progress and achieving a range of accreditation as they get older. There is excellent support to enable students to achieve functional communication, mobility and skills for daily living.

Valence School is a supportive environment and a rewarding place to work, and whether working directly with our students or in a school support role, every member of staff participates in enabling our students to learn and to aspire to achieve meaningful independence.

We are a Foundation Special School and are part of the Kent SEN Trust (KsENT), a cooperative trust of ten schools working together to improve outcomes for all the children and young people attending the schools. In 2008 Valence became a specialist Sports College and this status plays a significant role in raising students’ achievements and their participation in high quality physical education and sport.

The School works proactively with parents and external professionals to provide holistic support for every child and young person. It is also developing high quality outreach support services to local schools and more widely for children and young people in Kent who have physical disabilities who are attending mainstream schools.

The School always places children and young people at the centre of all decisions it takes and it has a relentless focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for every student.

Valence School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every student and expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. References will be taken up before interview and the successful applicants will require an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01959 565046


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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.