Lead Science Teacher
A really exciting opportunity for a teacher to join our forward thinking private mental health school in the new role Lead of Science.
We are looking to recruit a permanent teacher for four days a week. The teacher will be working across the whole setting of 20 students planning, teaching and assessing bespoke lessons in Physics and Chemistry, up to GCSE Foundation Level, which will engage the students with learning. The teacher will work closely with the team and parents to monitor the student’s mental health and academic progress, contributing to any relevant paperwork and meetings. We are ideally looking for someone with an enthusiasm for a psychology led approach and a Scandinavian ethos.
The ideal candidate will have:
• QTS – Qualified Teacher Status;
• Flexibility - each day is different and the role could include working with different groups of students each day;
• Adaptability – as we are a mental health lead setting, an academic target will never take priority over a student’s mental health. Therefore, plans are regularly changed last second to meet the student’s need;
• Confidence in teaching the Physics and Chemistry to GCSE Foundation Level;
• The ability to teach computer science would be advantageous.
• A commitment to sharing information and a proactive approach to safeguarding vulnerable children;
• The ability to manage a small group of students with complex mental health needs (non-violent) such as OCD, PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety
• A positive, enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching and learning; and
• An interest in collaborative working as part of a small, close team.
We are a small mental health lead educational setting supporting students aged 11-17 with complex mental health needs (OCD, anxiety, eating disorders etc). Our aim is to use a holistic approach in order to enable students to return to larger educational settings. We are a setting whose aim is to first get the student ready to engage in therapy. Secondly, we slowly introduce academics in a bespoke manner based on the student’s interests. The next step is to test resilience and ensure the student has a good tool kit of therapy skills in case of relapse when approaching their academic work. Next the student is academically challenged to improve at a fast pace allowing them to close the gap in their learning, as many our students have been out of education for some time.
Class sizes are particularly small, with a maximum of 8 students in each class with a high adult to student ratio. We are a small team consisting of teachers, learning mentors, coaches, and therapeutic support workers. We also have regular input from external agencies such as occupational therapists, speech and language therapists as well as other educational professionals. We have close links with the families of our students to ensure all therapy and academic work is contextual and relevant.
Arun Court is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and mental health of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practise across the setting.
We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
Why choose us?
We work hard, and play hard - we have longer holidays, and much less paperwork than a state setting, working smarter. Students start at 10AM and finish at 4PM. This is a 0.8 contract.
Excellent training and development opportunities
Surrey (London Fringe) pay scale equivalent (PRO RATA) even though your max class size is 8
The chance to really make a difference - with very tangible outcomes
The chance to follow a Scandinavian approach where fun is firmly in the curriculum