TEACHER OF INCLUSIVE CURRICULUM
TMS/UPS/HLTA (or equivalent)
Full time or Part Time
Fixed Term (one year) from 3rd January 2023 (start date is negotiable)
Gordano School is a large and successful 11-18 comprehensive secondary school approximately eight miles outside Bristol. This includes a thriving Sixth Form of over 350 students that is strongly integrated into the school and offers significant opportunities for Post-16 teaching in over 30 courses. We are the sole secondary school serving the popular town of Portishead and benefit greatly from being a central part of our community.
We view education as something bigger than just academic achievement. We have a record of considerable academic success but believe that an education should be about preparing young people for their future lives in a complete sense. As well as consistently positive Progress 8 and Level 3 Value Added outcomes at GCSE and A Level respectively, we place great emphasis on student leadership, an unparalleled extra-curricular programme and student progression to their next steps in a wide range of academic and vocational routes.
We value our membership of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, the North Somerset Teaching Alliance and our role as a Teaching School in delivering high quality support and development for colleagues, both new to the profession and more established. Our size allows regular opportunities for progression into leadership roles.
The Inclusive Curriculum
Students who need reasonable adjustments to their curriculum will be referred to the Lead of Inclusive Curriculum through the Inclusion process/SLT, as part of a graduated response model. There will be a wide range of reasons why students may need reasonable adjustments to their curriculum. The Inclusive Curriculum will be one of a range of interventions offered by the Inclusion Team. Referred students may:
- Be offered a reduced timetable for a defined period, supplemented by taught lessons from the Lead of Inclusive Curriculum, intervention lessons from specialist teachers, intervention sessions from SEND specialists, and support sessions from the wider pastoral team.
- For a variety of reasons, need to follow the ‘Inspire Pathway’ by withdrawing from one subject. Students will access lessons taught by the Lead for Inclusive Curriculum and intervention lessons from specialist teachers which will address gaps in learning and may lead to a qualification, if appropriate.
- Be returning to us after a period of absence and need to be given support to address gaps in learning, make a positive start back with us, and return to lessons.
- Be students with medical needs who need support with their learning.
The aim will be to support students back into their ‘mainstream’ timetable as far as possible; for students who need to follow the Inspire Pathway on a long-term basis, the Inclusive Curriculum will promote students’ independence, engagement with learning, and ambition in their capabilities.
We hope to appoint someone who can form an essential part of our excellent Inclusion team, working alongside the Lead of Inclusive Curriculum, Pastoral and SEND teams to provide first class support, provision and education to those students who need it most.
The successful candidate will:
- Have a thorough understanding of the types of challenges students face and how these can affect their learning
- Have a flexible and evolving mindset with a toolkit of different strategies to engage students
- Have confidence and willingness to teach across a number of different subjects, core, non-core, vocational and non-credited courses.
- Be a strong team player
- Be a strong classroom practitioner with a real commitment to high quality motivational teaching and learning.
- Be able to build strong relationships with the students and the community that supports them (for example parents, staff, outside agencies)
- Be a reflective practitioner, always be willing to improve
- This is a challenging, dynamic role, and the successful applicant will need to show that they are flexible, proactive and able to creatively problem solve. As the Inclusive Curriculum provision is ever evolving based on student needs; the responsibilities of the role therefore will change and adapt as required.
Gordano School offers an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, a comprehensive employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme and on-site parking.
Applications should be submitted with covering letter and application form (curriculum vitae optional) to the Headteacher, Ms Louise Blundell by:
Closing date: 9am Friday 9th December 2022
Interview date: Wednesday 14th December 2022
*Early applications are encouraged. Gordano School reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date of the advertisement, should the School be able to identify an appropriate candidate.
The Lighthouse Schools Partnership – Gordano School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all in our community to share this commitment. Suitability to work with children and young people will form part of the selection process. As part of the shortlisting process an online search will be carried out. All appointments will be subject to vetting, including an enhanced DBS check.
We are also committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly those from underrepresented groups.