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We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic and inspirational class teacher who has a passion for teaching children with special educational needs. The successful candidate will be based with Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 Pupils at Site 1 and work alongside a team of highly motivated support staff. This is a temporary , full time post, but due to the popularity of this rapidly expanding school there is a good opportunity for this post to become permanent within the term of the contract. (NOR 146 Sept 2016 has risen to 161 Sept 2017)


Birch Wood Area Special School is a dual site school with a strong vision for achieving the best outcomes possible for children with a range of special educational needs. Site 1 students range from early years to year 14 with complex special educational needs including SLD, PMLD, MLD and ASD. Birch Wood Vale (site 2) is our 11-19 moderate learning difficulties/ASD school, catering for students who will eventually be capable of achieving entry level qualifications, full GCSEs or a range of vocational qualifications in a nurturing and supportive environment that is sensitive to their needs. 


Birch Wood is a well-resourced school, with high staff to pupil ratios in the pleasant market town of Melton Mowbray. We are a small, caring school community with high aspirations for all our learners. Due to the range of students we work with there are always opportunities for committed teaching professionals to expand their experiences.


We provide a broad, enriched and expanding syllabus which is based on National Curriculum guidelines. Outcomes for all pupils are consistently high and we were judged to be a good school in our most recent full Ofsted inspection in December 2014.

Applications are welcome from MPS or UPS depending on qualifications. Application will be considered from primary and secondary trained teachers.


The successful Candidate will:


• Be dedicated to getting the best from young people, who at times may present as challenging and complex.

• have high expectations and enjoy the challenges associated with working in this environment to inspire rapid and accelerated progress in order to reach their full potential

• Be committed to the belief that all pupils can achieve and learn, whatever their disabilities

• Have experience and/or knowledge of working with children who have Special Educational Needs

• Have a flexible approach to working with others whilst forming relationships with young people



MPS/UPS depending on qualifications and experience and SEN1 or SEN2 depending on experience


The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.


Safeguarding and Child Protection are key priorities for Birch Wood Area Special School. We aim to support children and vulnerable adults to ensure they are as safe as they can possibly be. We are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults, and will take action to safeguard their well-being, and acknowledge that children and vulnerable adults have a right to protection. This is supported by the general ethos of Birch Wood Area Special School


We warmly welcome an informal visit or a conversation prior to application


Please send your completed application form and covering letter to: 

Renee Downing

Birch Wood School,

Grange Drive

Melton Mowbray


LE13 1HA


Applications by email are welcomed and should be sent to:Renee Downing 


CVs alone are not accepted.


Closing Date for applications: 9.00am Monday 29th January 2018 

Interview date: Monday 5th February 2018

Learning Support Assistant


Birch Wood Special School is at an exciting point in its development; we are rapidly expanding our Autism specific provision across the school to meet local demand. We are looking for highly committed and flexible learning support assistants to work within a class team. The successful candidates may have previous experience working in a special school environment or be an aspirant SEN teacher seeking to gain experience.  Experience of working with pupils with autism is an advantage, but not essential.

The post involves working alongside teachers, supporting pupils learning environment and small group support. Energy, fitness and enthusiasm are required to work with our students; in return they will give you a sense of achievement when they make progress, however small. 

Training will be given for this rewarding job which offers the chance to develop your career. 

Applicants should have:
•English/Maths GCSE grade C and above or Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 or above or relevant experience 
•A desire for with working with students with special needs including Autism
•Previous experience is desirable although we are more interested in the person and their ability to support our students
•Good communication skills 
•The ability to work well on your own and as part of a team 
•A positive attitude and sense of humour 
•A willingness to learn new skills 
•A willingness to undertake personal care of students on occasion.

<b>The successful candidate will be required to work 32.5 hrs per week, term time and inset training days.

Salary is at LCC Grade 5, paypoint 9-11 which attracts a full time salary of £15,807 which would be pro rata'd for part time employees working 32.5 hours per week 39 weeks per year

To start asap

Closing Date for applications: 29th Jan 2018 
Interview date 7th February 2018.

References will be sought for all applicants.

Learning Support Assistant Application Documents