Teachers (2 posts) - Atkinson School

  • Multiple Locations
  • Multiple Terms
  • TPS + secure allowance

Roll: Maximum of 10

Are you seeking a new challenge in a unique environment? Are you able to engage and build positive relationships with young people?

An opportunity has arisen for 2 individuals to teach their specialism and other areas of interest within this secure setting.  You would be joining a team of staff who have strived to create a nurturing environment where young people feel supported and encouraged to re-engage in education.

Post 1: Full time
Post 2: Part time  0.6 FTE

Atkinson is a Secure Children’s Home for up-to ten young people, boys and girls aged between 10-17 years.  The service is managed by Devon County Council providing full residential care, healthcare and education on site in dedicated facilities.  We have been specialising in the welfare needs of young people nationally for over 30 years and young people are placed with us due to either having a history of absconding or are likely to abscond, likely to suffer significant harm or likely to injure themselves or others. Many of our young people have experienced significant trauma in their lives. Our home provides a positive, safe environment in which young people can thrive and build in confidence and self-esteem. All staff are trained in attachment theories and the trauma recovery model, and all interventions are psychologically informed.  We work restoratively to help young people repair relationships and manage conflict. 

The successful candidate will:
• be reliable, trustworthy, resilient, nurturing, hardworking, flexible, self-motivated and enthusiastic
• work with small groups or individuals within the setting across curricular areas, in a variety of tasks to develop the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills of the young people
• provide support for learners by leading and collaboratively working as a team to plan, evaluate and deliver learning activities that link to their individual targets
• have a patient and friendly approach and a willingness to work with young people
• have experience of SEND and SEMH
• be expected to build good working relationships and be able to relate well and communicate effectively with all young people and adults
• display awareness, understanding and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of all young people
• have an understanding of health and safety within a school environment

Teaching and learning
• Use a repertoire of strategies to engage young people in learning, meeting their many and varied needs
• A competent teacher and communicator who is skilled at building relationships and equally passionate about helping young people to develop socially, emotionally and skills wise 
• Have the imagination and confidence to make learning fun
• Can establish clear routines, procedures and behaviours for learning and ensure there is a consistency and continuity of approach across the school
• A thorough subject knowledge and eagerness to keep abreast of national and local developments
• Organise and lead support staff to ensure learning is effective
• Create an effective and stimulating learning environment
• Make good use of ICT and other learning resources which enable teaching objectivies to be met
• Develop individualised programmes for learning and monitor and evaluate the progress made during a young person’s time at Atkinson
• Are resilient, reflective and dedicated

Recording and assessment
• Maintain an up-to-date planning file with short, medium and long term planning
• Set clear targets for young people’s learning and use assessment information to inform all aspects of planning
• Investigate all forms of accreditation to suit the young person and your specialist subject
• Contribute to the school’s system of reporting – Daily planners and Learning Journeys

Standards and quality assurance
• Support the aims and ethos of the home
•  Follow the home’s policies and procedures
• Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance
• Report on pupil progress
• Uphold the home’s behaviour code
• Participate and contribute to staff training
• Attend team and staff meetings
• Positively embrace professional development and research
• reflect on and improve performance

Additional Duties
• Be a role model in all your actions and behaviour
• Undertake professional development and research as agreed
• Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding, Health and Safety, and report all concerns to the appropriate person
• Undertake other general tasks that the Head of Education or managers may reasonably ask
• Establish effective working relationships with wider professionals
• Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main responsibilities of the post, individual tasks undertaken may not be identified. This job description is current at the date shown, but in consultation with you, may be changed by the Head of Education to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title

What will Atkinson offer the candidate?
• Training/Professional development - in a variety of areas, including Therapeutic Parenting, Attachment Mentoring, Managing Violence and Aggression (MVA) 
• Support - friendly, collaborative environment. Supervisions
• An opportunity to develop your skills in behaviour management
• An extremely rewarding career

For an informal discussion, please contact Glenn Wilce on 01392 457 999.

Please return completed application forms to glenn.wilce@devon.gov.uk 

Please state clearly on your application which post(s) you are interested in.

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Schools
  • Work LocationExeterDevon
  • Work Postcode

    EX4 8NA

  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupTeaching - Special & Other

  • Salary Details

    TPS + secure allowance

  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypeFull TimePart Time
  • Hours

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required