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Assistant Headteacher – Kingfisher Unit - River View Primary & Nursery School

River View Primary and Nursery School
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

River View Primary & Nursery School

Assistant Headteacher (Kingfisher Unit)

L3-L5 (£49,574-£52,074) From September 1st 2024

River View Primary & Nursery School is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified, hardworking, enthusiastic and successful Assistant Headteacher to lead our SEND Unit.

The Kingfisher Unit will work closely with the main school to offer a bespoke education for children who are unable to cope full time in a larger main stream classroom. The Kingfisher Unit will be open to children who have social communication and interaction difficulties. Some children will attend daily, others will come for an assessment and then be supported back in their own setting.

The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to run a brand new Resource Base for 18 children. Phase One will cater for 9 EYFS/KS1 students, and a term later we will extend the provision and introduce 9 KS2 pupils. With the support of the local special school, the role will involve establishing a curriculum for the unit, offering a blank canvas for the right candidate to design and implement their own curriculum tailored to the needs of the children.

Our Ofsted report highlighted our curriculum: “The headteacher’s approach to designing the curriculum has been thoughtful and methodical. There is a clear emphasis on broadening pupils’ knowledge by covering a wide range of subjects. These subjects are taught through themes, with a range of memorable learning activities designed to engage pupils’ attention. We want the children in the unit to have the same experiences as those in main school but tailored to meet their needs.”

Skills and experience

We are looking for someone who is passionate about providing an excellent provision for SEND children and is able to lead by example. The candidate should be highly organised and capable of creating a bespoke curriculum to meet the specific needs of the children in this unit.

The successful candidate will have QTS and will ideally have special school or SENCO experience, and a clear understanding of safeguarding procedures all of which are essential for this role.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about providing an excellent provision for SEND children and is able to lead by example. 

The role will predominantly involve leading the provision and overseeing academic provision for vulnerable students, whilst liaising with colleagues within our setting, as well as with LAs, other schools and parents.

You should have excellent interpersonal skills, a strong understanding of monitoring progress through use of data and assessment information and good managerial and organisational skills. You will have an excellent understanding of how to design bespoke packages for children with a variety of SEND. The successful post holder must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with children, staff and parents. You will have an excellent understanding of how to demonstrate the impact of your work and the work of your team.

What the school can offer you

  • Support from the local special schools as we set up the unit
  • Bespoke CPD for the unit team Teacher well-being support Friendly team environment

A visit to the school is highly recommend and can be arranged by emailing or by telephoning 01283 260157.  Further details on how to apply are available from the information pack.

Closing date 19th April 2024

Interviews 2nd May 2024

River View Primary & Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. All successful applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening including checks with current and previous employers, as well as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


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