Lead Design Technology Teacher - On Track Education

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • £22,560 - £31,600 (dependent on qualifications and experience)

Support, nurture, inspire, empower.

On Track Education Services is a not-for-profit company established by a team of teachers in 2004. The company now operates eight independent special schools and additional support services around the country for young people with a range of diverse special educational needs. Students have their places funded by their local authorities or schools.

On Track Education Barnstaple opened in September 2015 and now occupies three sites in Barnstaple and Bideford. The three sites enable us to cater for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs. Each site is well resourced providing opportunities for development of a wide range of skills and aptitudes. One is situated on the Whiddon Valley Industrial Estate and is designed for use by pupils who are on the autistic spectrum and pupils who live with high levels of anxiety or who need a low-stimulation, highly private environment. Our site on the Roundswell estate allows us to cater for pupils who are still developing their learning skills and who need high levels of flexibility, behavioural support and appropriate social interaction inputs. Our new site in Northam has given us space for experiential learning and the delivery of Thrive and therapy sessions. Our sites have easy access to the towns and to lots of businesses for work experience and social skill development opportunities.

Our pupils have a wide range of special educational needs including Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Specific and Moderate Learning Difficulties and Speech, Language and Communication Needs. All pupils have EHCPS and follow a personalized individual curriculum ranging from Early Years provision to GCSE and Vocational qualifications. Our curriculum is diverse, broad and balanced providing pupils with a focus on the core skills of communication, literacy, numeracy, digital competence and social engagement to provide a model of life skills. The flexible accreditation pathways across all subjects and levels ensures that we are able to meet the needs of each individual pupil and maximize their potential. Pupils are taught in small groups or 1:1 where appropriate. Our provision was described in the latest Ofsted report as a 'good environment in which to learn' having 'effective tracking of pupils' academic progress', where 'pupils are safe and feel safe' and attendance is 'particularly strong'. The school provides full-time education for the pupils on roll as well as outreach, intervention and tuition services for other schools in the area.

The successful candidate will be required to work between sites and at other outreach locations in the North Devon area, therefore you must have access to a vehicle with insurance for business use.

Key Responsibilities:
• Lead the teaching of Design Technology and support the team to implement an effective and individualised Design Technology curriculum in order to address students’ needs, their interests, their capabilities and to enable them to enjoy and achieve;
• Have lead responsibility for ongoing development of the Design Technology curriculum, developing plans which identify clear targets and success criteria for its development;
• Deliver the Design Technology curriculum to specific students.

Personal Attributes:
• A recognised teaching qualification (QTS/QTLS/PGCE);
• Specialism in Design Technology;
• The ability to teach inspiring and interesting lessons;
• A passion for working with pupils with SEN and a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties;
• A commitment to positive behaviour management.

Why work for On Track?
• Our holistic approach to education with a focus on emotional and social development;
• The opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of children who can be educationally overlooked;
• To work as part of a dedicated and supportive team.

On Track Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Robust safeguarding checks will be undertaken before the appointment is confirmed including a full Disclosure and Barring Service check.

On Track places safeguarding at the heart of all that it does, and all staff are expected to be mindful of safeguarding and child protection issues in relation to all pupils.

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020, therefore certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed and, if they are disclosed, we cannot take them into account.

We are an Equal Opportunities organisation, totally Committed 2 Equality.

For further information and an application form, please email recruitment@ontrackeducation.com.
On enquiry, you will be sent an application form to complete.
Please apply by 5pm on the closing date.

Interview Date: w/c 3 October 2022

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Job Details

  • OrganisationOther Organisations
  • Work LocationNorth DevonDevon
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  • Occupational GroupTeaching - Special & Other

  • Salary Details

    £22,560 - £31,600 (dependent on qualifications and experience)

  • Job TermFixed
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
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  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required