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English Teacher

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
19/04/2020 23:59
£24,373 to £40,490
Secure Home allowance of £2,330 per annum.
Hours per week:
32.5 hours per week
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Vinney Green Secure Unit, Emersons Green, Bristol
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
19 Apr

Further information


Location: Emersons Green, Bristol.

Salary: £24,373 to £40,490 + plus Secure Home allowance of £2,330 per annum.

1 x Full Time (32.5 hours per week), Permanent post. The post is subject to JNCTRE conditions. Directed time is 546 hours per year (14 hours per week) and 39 weeks per year.

Interviews: w/c 27 April 2020.

Do you want to make a difference to a young person’s life?

We are seeking an inspirational Teacher to join our education team to teach English.

Vinney Green is a secure residential children’s home which houses young people who may be in need of support and intervention in a safe and caring environment, where they experience quality care, rehabilitation, education, vocational and life skills training.

You will make a difference by helping young people develop the values, skills, knowledge, self-control and direction that will enable them to return to the community in a more positive and purposeful way.

How you will make a difference:

You will develop and teach English, with a view to raising attainment levels in Literacy. Some young people will study English to GCSE level, or Functional Skills from E3 to L2, and will need support in entering for these qualifications. Other young people require a grounding in English that is suitable for both a range of abilities and placement lengths.

You will need to use a wide range of teaching methods and behaviour management strategies in order to maximise learning in the class.

You will ensure that the security and safety of the classroom is maintained at all times – tools are accounted for, locked away and recorded. Procedures regarding safety checks are completed, accidents involving young people/staff members are recorded in line with the unit’s protocols and procedures.

You will implement individual assessment in terms of risk and need of young people and subsequent design and implement individual programme plans some of which have complex learning needs. Be a personal tutor to a group of young people – to co-ordinate their IEP, to set and review targets, to liaise with key workers, co-ordinate and summarise monthly education reports and potentially attend (and present at) Case Review meetings. You will empower the young people to play an active part in their individual learning and programme plan.

You will take an active part in liaising with other agencies involved with the young people – keyworkers, tutors, YOT workers and other related services (i.e. mental Health Services, etc) in developing an ongoing support package in the community.

Be able to prepare reports and contribute to review meetings as required.

To keep abreast of developments in the field and participate in staff training and development programmes as relevant.

We welcome applications from both experienced candidates who have the ability to work with difficult, troubled and vulnerable children and who believe they can make a difference, and from relatively newly qualified teachers who are excited about being involved in this kind of work. Candidates should enjoy teaching small groups of children in a highly structured yet flexible and often challenging environment. Experience with EBD pupils, a huge amount of patience, a good sense of humour and great flexibility are very helpful for this role. We would also welcome applications from Primary or Secondary specialist teachers who are looking for a challenge in their career.

What we can offer you:

Full training will be provided including Safeguarding and Restrictive Physical Intervention training.

On top of your annual salary we offer a Secure Home allowance of £2,330 per annum.

We have a very supportive environment, we offer regular one to one supervisions for all staff and you are encouraged to discuss and reflect upon your working role with supervisors on a regular basis. We also offer a full induction and shadowing process for all new staff.

What we need from you:

Qualified Teacher Status.

Previous experience of working with pupils in an educational, residential and/or vocational training setting, with proven ability to teach English or an English-based subject

A clear understanding of the issues surrounding impaired literacy and numeracy development, specific learning difficulties and differentiation of the curriculum – especially in relation to significantly disaffected pupils. Proven knowledge of a range of appropriate strategies for managing pupils with behaviour and/or learning difficulties.

Able to apply the national criteria to planning and assessing pupils work with due regard for individual need.

Able to make effective and robust written reports about a pupil’s progress, achievement and behaviour.

Able to use assessment information to inform planning and delivery of lessons and to set realistic individual goals.

Able to be consistent in managing pupils in challenging and changing circumstances and relate positively to troubled young people.

Being able to speak effectively in meetings and to present to a group of professional colleagues.

Computer literate and able to use various packages.

To have an understanding and commitment to equal opportunities.

Although it’s not essential you may also have further qualifications and training in meeting the needs of pupils with SEN, particularly Emotional, Behavioural and Social difficulties.

Previous teaching experience in a special setting: SEN in mainstream, special school, special unit etc., particularly with pupils with EBD

Experience of working with pupils at Key Stages 3,4 and 5 but where achievement levels can be as low as Key Stage 1 or 2.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check is needed for this post.

The post is subject to JNCTRE conditions. Directed time is 546 hours per year (14 hours per week) and 39 weeks per year.

Please note that school holiday closures at Vinney Green are at variance with local authority school closures. In most cases teachers will be unable to take more than 2 consecutive weeks annual leave at any one time.

Young people can present physically threatening behaviour and the environment can become tense and anxiety provoking, so for everybody’s safety surveillance cameras are in use in most areas of the building.

Vinney Green operates a full non-smoking environment, and there is no provision to facilitate smoking anywhere on site. Staff’s personal belongings are required to be left in a provided locker on entry into the building and we may require you to undertake a further physical fitness check.

We understand this is a lot of information and this role might not be for everyone, but if you’ve read the above and are still excited about this opportunity we would love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion once you have read the advert, please contact Helen McDicken, Head of Education on 0117 970 2286.

‘We’re making a difference’ be part of it’

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