Assistant Head Teacher
The Dales School
Leadership Scale 4 - 8
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL
The Dales School
Cowpen Road, Blyth,
Assistant Head Teacher
Salary Range: L4 – 8
School for 140 pupils aged 4 to 11
Required from 1 September 2018
The Dales School is an outstanding Specialist School at an exciting time in its development. In September 2018, we will open an annex to our existing provision which will be referred to as ‘Ashdale’. This means our pupil numbers increase by over 50% to 140 place provision, spread across two sites.
Our aim is that every pupil learns the skills and develops the confidence needed to become a valued, integrated and independent member of their community.
Present provision is focused on children whose needs are identified as: Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH); Autistic Spectrum Condition, and; other complex needs.
Northumberland County Council have recognised the need to address a gap in provision for those children with SEMH needs, including those who may respond with violence and aggression, and, those who may be identified as presenting behaviours which display ‘Callous and unemotional Traits’ (CUTs). It is proposed that this will be the core purpose of provision at Ashdale.
We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Head Teacher to contribute to the effective development and maintenance of the high quality provision already offered at The Dales School.
This is seen as a ground-breaking venture which, in its planning and provision, will see education and health work together to provide individual programmes. These are intended to allow children to engage with learning opportunity through improved social and emotional interaction.
Further, into the future, there are plans for an additional phase of development of provision into key stages 3 and 4.
The Dales School, is a lead school within a Teaching School Alliance of 12 schools including: Specialist; Mainstream primary and secondary; Academy and maintained; Catholic sector, and the Pupil Referral Unit for Northumberland. The school also has extensive international links.
In addition, over the last 15 years, the school has completed a number of significant projects related to improvement of teaching for children who have SEND. These Comenius and Erasmus projects, funded by British Council, have concentrated on ‘Inclusion’, ‘Behaviour management’, and ‘Effective Communication’, for example. We are presently committed to 2 projects involving 10 other countries and schools, with the foci of ‘ICT in school’ and, ‘The Creative Curriculum’.
If you want to join an extremely strong senior management team and contribute to the future of an ambitious, rapidly growing SEND school then this is the perfect opportunity.
We are looking for an Assistant Head Teacher who has:–
- The resilience to work in an extremely challenging environment as an effective member of a multi-professional team.
- The drive, vision, ambition and energy to achieve excellence for all our pupils.
- A passion to lead and, help others to, provide the best possible learning and teaching, across our Creative Curriculum.
- A proven record of imaginative, innovative, and, resourceful
- A sound understanding of the Primary National Curriculum.
- A knowledge of how to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of pupils with a range of special educational needs and disabilities including autism.
In return, we offer:–
- The opportunity to join strong team of innovative, enthusiastic, high-performing and dedicated management team.
- An active Governing Body and supportive, engaged parents.
- Extensive opportunities for continuous professional development.
- An opportunity to work with children who present daily challenges and constant professional satisfaction.
- The opportunity to develop your management skills and be creative whilst helping children learn in a secure and appropriate manner.
- An opportunity to shape future provision for children who have Special educational needs and Disabilities.
Visits to the school are welcomed and encouraged, by arrangement, on either the morning of 24th April or, afternoon of 25th April 2018.
The Dales School is committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this post.
Completed forms must be submitted by noon on Monday 21st May to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful applicants will be scheduled for interview on the 25th May 2018.
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The Dales School
The school’s mission statement is: ‘To meet the individual needs of each pupil in a caring, secure environment where all work together and everyone is valued.’
The Dales School caters for Early Years and primary age children with a range of special educational need, or as we prefer to view them– children who have individual educational challenges.
The Dales School is designated to accommodate children, from 2 years of age to 11 years of age. Our children often have to learn to work with us to embrace learning opportunities. They face a range of the challenges, including: Autistic Spectrum Condition; Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder; Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties; Complex Communication Difficulties, and; other complex needs including those which can be described as congenital and medical.
The school has 96 children on role divided into 10 teaching groups.
In addition to Teaching and Support Staff the school employs a range of specialist assistants, including: two x Speech and Language assistants; a Physiotherapy Assistant; a Family Learning Coordinator; a Family Support Worker; Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, and; an Intervention coordinator and team.
In recent years there has been a great deal of developmental work carried out to the fabric of the building.
Academic progress was graded as Outstanding by OfSTED (Oct 2013). In addition, the school is a Lead school in a Teaching School Alliance (of mainstream and specialist schools, Academy and maintained, primary and secondary), and A National Support School. The Head Teacher is a National Leader of Education.
We work jointly with alliance schools, and others, to provide opportunities to develop professionally and support colleagues in pursuit of improvement.
Since 2008, The Dales (previously East Hartford School) has, successfully, worked with schools throughout Europe to improve the learning opportunity of children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs.
Families are supported from their child’s arrival (induction) to departure (at the end of year 6) by all staff, but in particular our Family Support Worker and Family Learning Coordinator.
All of the above is overseen by The Governing Body. Through Governor visits, regular meetings and, training attended, they assist in the effective management of provision at The Dales School.
Recent key initiatives include:-
- Assessment, Reporting and, Target Setting systems reviewed to ensure that they are adequate and appropriate to provide information necessary for the creation of challenging individual, academic and social, targets for our children in line with The National Curriculum and ‘Life without levels’.
- ‘The Creative Curriculum’ extended to provide less formalised access to learning and additional opportunities to celebrate achievement. This will include Dance, Movement, Art, Music, both indoors and out.
- Increased use of, and interaction with, ICT.
- Development of emotional support provision, to include ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Thrive’.
At The Dales children benefit, socially and emotionally, from a high level of individual assessment and support, channelled through our Intervention Team provision.
Staff review and professional development is ongoing within The Dales. An established process of performance review / appraisal is in place for teaching staff. Non-teaching staff are subject to ‘Team Targets’ which encourages self-assessment within the ‘security’ of the team setting. In addition, all staff benefit from an individual professional discussion, annually, with the Head Teacher.
The school offers a wide range of professional development opportunities including ‘Initial Teacher Training’; multi-professional experience placements (e.g. Occupational Therapists and Social Workers), and; Apprenticeship training for Teaching Assistants.
Dales staff, teaching and non-teaching regularly deliver training and awareness raising sessions at several of our local universities.
In addition, we offer Special educational Need and Disability Taster and Awareness Raising days for a range of trainees involved with Childhood Studies.
The school website address is: http://www.thedales.northumberland.sch.uk/website
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