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Class Teacher

Birmingham City Council
Lea Hall Academy, Kitts Green, Birmingham, B33 9QY
MPR/UPR plus 1 SEN allowance
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job start date: 1 September 2024 or sooner if possible.  

Hours per week: Full time  

Lea Hall Academy
Kitts Green
B33 9QY
Telephone number: 0121 809 0885

Contact email:

Contract type: Permanent

Lea Hall Academy is a special school for young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) aged 5 to 14 years. Lea Hall Academy is part of Forward Education Trust, a growing Multi Academy Trust established in 2017 serving special schools across the West Midland area.

We are looking for a teacher who is experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share in our school improvement journey.

Our pupils all have an EHCP that identifies their additional needs as SEMH. We recognise that there is a high correlation between identified SEMH and difficulties with communication. This means that our pupils need the very best teaching from someone who is able to respond to their individual needs. We want our pupils to be inspired and challenged, but we also want someone who will care about them as individuals. Sometimes our pupils display challenging behaviour – we know there is always a reason for this. We are looking to appoint a Teacher who will work alongside us to address the issues beneath the behaviour. We are ambitious for our pupils to be successful in all areas of their life.

We are at an exciting point in our development as a school. We were part way through a rapid school improvement process when we were visited by Ofsted in July 2023. We are clear about our school improvement priorities and are confident that we are making progress. Our recently created school leadership team is already demonstrating impact. We are looking for a teacher who will be responsible for a group of up to 12 pupils, supported by several teaching assistants.

We are looking for a teacher with experience of delivering a range of curriculum areas, from either primary or secondary settings. We are particularly interested in candidates with previous experience of working with pupils with SEMH. There are opportunities to join either our KS2 or our KS3 team.

We are looking for someone who can contribute to engaging programmes of study and who can convince pupils that they can be successful learners. We need their individual needs to be addressed and we want them to be stretched to achieve more – whilst enjoying themselves! Our pupils are supported by regular access to both Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Our staff team includes a Family Support Worker and a Pastoral Team who are able to offer reactive and pro-active support and interventions throughout the school day. We work closely together as a staff team and take every opportunity to liaise with our pupils’ parents and families. We know that working together increases the chances of success for our pupils.

Forward Education Trust provides a wide range of professional development opportunities for all its staff. This includes online learning, school based and Trust wide training, support to access national professional qualifications and individualised advice / mentoring around professional development. In addition, our staff team at Lea Hall will have opportunities to further their expertise in working with pupils with SEMH, ASD, sensory needs and speech and language support.

School visits are welcome. 

Please apply online

Interviews: Wednesday 22 May 2024.

The Trust may review applications upon receipt and may call applicants for interview prior to the advert closing date. Therefore, you are encouraged to make an early application for this role and we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date.

Please note that only Forward Education Trust Application forms will be accepted; we will not read accompanying Curriculum Vitae (CV) or accept them in place of an application form. 

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including: enhanced DBS; Prohibition check; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  

All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.  

An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.   T

his post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment.  

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.  

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