Senior Teacher – Assessment and Progress Lead

Job Title:               Senior Teacher – Assessment and Progress Lead

Location:               The Shires at Stretton

Salary:                   £29,664 – £38,690 (Dependent on experience)

Hours:                    37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Contract:               Term Time Only – 195 days


Are you a Class Teacher committed to improving the lives of children and young people?

We are looking for an experienced Teacher to join our fantastic team at The Shires at Stretton. As a Senior Teacher at The Shires you will take a creative approach to teaching pupils according to their educational needs, ensuring delivery of the school curriculum in a way that maximises children’s achievement and ability to develop.

You will also have whole school responsibility for driving the development of robust assessment systems to in order to record and report pupil progress effectively to parents, professionals and other key stakeholders.

This is a great opportunity for a Teacher who wants to develop their ability to lead and drive a vital area of whole school responsibility while having the freedom to deliver creative and inspirational learning opportunities for a fantastic group of young people with varied and complex needs. Your work will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure and you will be working in a school where we maintain a strong safeguarding culture, where pupils are listened to, respected and involved in as many decisions as possible.

Quality is always top of our agenda and we pride ourselves on the quality of what we do. We are looking for a Class Teacher experienced in teaching a range of subjects and who shares our vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world.

Whilst previous experience of working in an SEN/ASC environment would be desirable, excellent teaching skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.

Educated to degree level and having Qualified Teacher Status, you will be calm, engaging, resilient, and have an innovative style of teaching, motivated by helping every child to reach their potential.


About us:

The Shires provides specialist education and care for young people aged 11-19 years of age with Autism, associated learning disabilities and complex needs.  The Shires comprises of two specialist independent schools co-located alongside two children's homes.  The Shires at Stretton, and The Shires at Oakham are both situated in the beautiful county of Rutland.  The Shires at Stretton provides 38 or 52-week care and educational packages for up to fourteen pupils, with space for six 38-week education only day placements.  The Shires at Oakham provides 38 or 52-week care and educational packages for up to seven pupils, with space for one 38-week education only day placement.

At The Shires, we provide young people with the nurture, care and understanding that supports them to develop both the academic, life and independence skills they need to reach their full potential and personal aspirations.  We believe that with the right support in place and a passionate, specialist, and experienced team with them every step of the way, each young person can achieve great outcomes.  We are dedicated to providing an autism friendly environment which inspires learning, where young people are supported to flourish and grow. Personalised targets and tailored learning ensures they make progress appropriate to their specific needs both in education and in their personal lives. 

For over 16 years Options Autism have provided care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.


Why join us?

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme.

As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference.


Application process & dates

The interview process with consist of a short lesson observation, in-tray task, pupil/staff panel and a formal interview.

Closing date for applications in 9am on Monday 24th May 2021.  Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 26th May 2021.  The successful candidate will need to be available to start as of 1st September 2021.

Options Autism is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.