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Running Deer School, Moretonhampstead, Devon  TQ13 8PY
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Teaching - Special & Other
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Job term
Appointment type
Full Time OR Part Time
a full time (1.0 FTE), term time only, position, (0.6 FTE or 0.8 FTE would be considered for the right person)
Closing Date
13 July 2020
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Tel: 01647 400201
Email: enquiries@runningdeer.org.uk 

About Running Deer CIC
Running Deer CIC is a not for profit community organisation based in Dartmoor national park, which supports adults and children with learning and mental health difficulties, disabilities, and those not in education, employment or training. We provide access to education, training, volunteering, life skills opportunities, and work experience through a variety of outdoors-oriented projects.

Running Deer School
Running Deer School is an Independent School for Special Educational Needs providing high support specialist education for young people in Devon.

Running Deer’s practical skills and therapeutic education enables young people in Devon to overcome barriers to learning; designed to stimulate and challenge them, supporting their personal development, improving confidence, self esteem, communication, social and emotional well-being. There are various reasons why young people are unable to access mainstream education.

Our student centred approach, individual timetables and high support programmes provide the best opportunities for young people to thrive in a nurturing, and natural, environment.

We specialise in working with young people with learning, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD, those on the Autistic Spectrum, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Attachment and Trauma, mental health issues and those considered hard to reach.

Firmly grounded in outdoor education, rural skills and activities, and with a students achieving to the very best of their ability, we work with children and between 8 and 16 with a range of special educational needs.

Safeguarding Statement
Running Deer is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring will include a check against the Children’s Barred List and Barred Teacher list.

You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

References will always be checked in order to ensure the safety of our children. Our SEN teacher will need to be able to work with children and may display aggressive or non-compliant behaviour in a sensitive but firm way, ensuring that they are kept safe and well.

Required to start September 2020.

Job Description
Our SEN teacher will be responsible for planning and delivering lessons to students on a one-to-one or very small group basis.  This will include core subjects from Year 2 level to GCSE, as well as vocational qualifications and project-based learning. 

Your duties will include:
- developing programmes of learning activities
- planning, preparing and researching lessons
- preparing and adapting teaching materials
- making use of special facilities and/or equipment
- teaching students on an individual or small group basis
- checking and assessing students' work and giving feedback
- encouraging personal development
- attending meetings and reviews
- working with our SENCo to liaise with parents/carers, external agencies and a range of other professionals, such as speech and language therapists, and educational psychologists
- writing reports to parents
- planning and coordinating academic work for delivery by our case workers
- Ensure that our tracking systems are kept up date so that we can monitor the progress of students

Role Requirements
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS or QTLS). This role is not suitable for newly qualified or yet to qualify applicants.
- An English specialism is preferred, particularly up to GCSE level, or experience of teaching English to KS4.
- Demonstrable experience of teaching young people with SEN, across Key Stages 2-4.
- Must enjoy the outdoors and be able to cope with inclement weather.
- An understanding and empathy for children with SEN.
- Bags of patience and a sense of humour!
- An Enhanced DBS check and references will be undertaken for this role.
- Desirable: current First Aid at Work Certificate
- Desirable: experience of delivering vocational qualifications, including ASDAN awards

As a qualified teacher, you will have experience of working with young people with SEND across the curriculum and KS2-3, particularly those with autism, mental health needs, attachment and trauma.

You will be passionate about helping young people achieve, set targets with them for their learning, be flexible but fair, and have a sense of humour.  You will need to be organised, clear-sighted and able to work with students, and carers. Approachable and committed, you’ll set high expectations.

You will enjoy being outdoors and woodland environment, and in our classrooms that are based on site.  You will need to be able to deal with extreme weathers, mud and rain, be comfortable working in a woodland setting. Ideally you will love dogs and horses who work within our team providing animal assisted interventions.

You will work closely with our Head of School/SENCo, Pastoral Lead and Curriculum Lead to ensure that EHCP’s, assessments and progress reviews are up to date and accurate.

All of our marking is ‘live’, so you won’t be taking books home each evening.  There are also opportunities for CPD, as well as regular clinical group supervision.  Above all, you’ll love seeing those in your care achieve their true potential.

Pay and Conditions
- This is a 1.0 FTE post, 35 hours per week, 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday (0.6 or 0.8 FTE would be considered for the right candidate)
- Term time only 40 weeks (including INSET).
- Pay: £26,000 pa actual (for 1.0 FTE)
- Pension scheme
- Running Deer fleece, t-shirts and jacket (the staff wear a uniform - the students don’t!)

Recruitment Process
Please contact us for a full job description/person specification and application pack. Only a fully completed Running Deer Application Pack will be accepted. Do not send a CV or covering letter. Applications which include a CV or covering letter will be discarded.

You will be required to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.

Running Deer is a unique school in a unique setting.  We strongly recommend that you visit us before making your application. This will give you the opportunity to meet our team, have a look around Butterdon Wood, get a feel for the work that we do, and ask any questions you might have.

We also recommend that you refer to this visit in your application, to help us understand what you have learnt about Running Deer and also what you are able to bring to the role.

At interview, you will be asked to prepare a lesson in advance, and deliver a half hour English lesson to one of our students.  This will be followed by a formal interview. This interview will consist of a 45-minute question and answer session, which will be scored against a predetermined set of questions.

Subject to a current DBS check including Children’s Barred List and references, we will then make a formal offer of employment.

Once the offer of employment has been accepted, you will be invited to attend an induction day, and complete our basic training sessions including e-learning which will cover our policies, procedures, the safeguarding of children and young people, risk assessments, and a health and safety briefing.


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