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SEN Class Teachers – Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) - Fern House School (Ref: FH12052021)

Apply by:12 noon Wednesday 12 May 2021 

Interviews: w/b Monday 17th May 2021

Salary: MPS / UPS + SEN (£4479) per annum

Hours: Full Time/Part Time

Contract: Permanent

Job Start: September 2021

Gain skills for life by doing one of the most challenging roles in education!

Are you a class teacher with a passion for supporting pupils who have suffered adverse childhood experiences? Are you interested in how biology affects behaviour? Are you nurturing, understanding and resilient? Do you want to feel valued, supported and part of a strong team?

Teachers who work at Fern House gain skills for life which often fast track them into leadership. We are looking for a resilient, hard-working individuals who are committed to self-reflection, understanding mental health and being alongside children who often reject. This is by no means an easy role and it does not suit everyone, but those who are successful will benefit from being part of a highly skilled, supportive team of like-minded individuals who will take the time to both empathise and celebrate with you.

Fern House School is currently a special school for pupils aged 7 – 16 and from September 2021 we are planning to also have EYFS and KS1 pupils.  We promote and adopt approaches based on attachment theories and neurobiological research to provide our pupils with a supportive framework, which allows them to be heard and understood safely. We understand the importance of building meaningful relationships with pupils and families to nurture growth and development of relational milestones such as, building trust and sharing enjoyment. Care and making connections are at the heart of our ethos and we work hard to ensure that all staff feel cared for too.

Staff well-being is a school priority, and we ensure that all teachers are given dedicated uninterrupted PPA time and lots of opportunity to reflect and share information with their team. We take pride in offering supervision to support our staff with the emotional stresses of working with those who have experienced trauma.

Our highly adapted curriculum ensures that all pupils can engage in learning and achieve something to feel proud of. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working, class-based teachers who are open to learning a modern approach to teaching pupils with social, emotional, mental health needs. We have a shared, consistent whole school approach to behaviour management, which is clear, easy-to-follow and fair.

We have ‘limited marking’ feedback for learning policy, which allows teachers to give valuable feedback on progress whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance. All staff are provided with a complimentary school meal every day to thank them for their hard work and all staff are given access to Perkbox – an app that provides discounts on many high street chains. We also provide our staff with attendance incentives and the opportunity to join a cycle to work scheme.

We understand how important it is for teachers and pupils to have access to modern technology, which is why we provide all teachers with a Chromebook and all pupils with an Chromebook to enhance learning. We have our very own minibus, which staff have the opportunity to be trained to drive, or to use with an additional driver, to access learning opportunities outside of school. We provide quality training and development for all staff and as we are part of the Enfield Learning Trust, we are able to offer significant opportunities for professional development.

Our school is undergoing exciting expansion works to create a state of the art modern building equipped with the latest technology, including a recording studio. We are temporarily co-located on the same site as Chesterfield Primary School which is perfect for commuters from London, Hertfordshire and Essex. Our school is ideal for candidates who travel on public transport (Turkey Street and Enfield Lock are our closest overground stations), or with easy access to the M25, for those who travel by car.

In line with recent legislation, applicants must have a command of spoken English that is sufficient to effectively carry out duties of the role.

Please visit our website to learn more about Fern House School:

Visits are warmly welcome, please contact Dorina Cunningham, Office Manager on 01992 760860 to arrange a visit or for any further information.

For an application pack please email our HR team:

All Enfield Learning Trust schools are committed to Safeguarding therefore, all employees working at this school must have the ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of our children and young people. All candidates are required to complete the school’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ declaration and will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For posts in regulated activity, this will include a barred list check.

The Trust and its schools are committed to ensuring that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment or is disadvantaged on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status or race. Our motto is 'be included' and we welcome applications from all sections of society.