A Route into SEN
Our most successful employees at Castledon are those with a passion for pupils that typically find it difficult to engage. We believe that our pupil's deserve to be given the time and understanding to approach tasks in a variety of ways. Our staff are here first and foremost because they care and are able to be resilient and flexible.
Class based staff then need to have the ability to differentiate, use quality first teaching strategies and provide for a pupils statement provision. These are the basics of successful learning and development.
The majority of staff join us from mainstream, however some come here as NQTs. We provide excellent training in behaviour, Makaton, AfL and autism. We also ensure all staff have up to date training on delivering Read, Write inc and numicon.
Staff are also equipped over time with the skills to write and use social stories with pupils as well as a variety of other approaches to break down learning/experiences and develop their repertoire of SEN strategies.
Staff are able to benefit from the childcare voucher scheme which supports with the expense of childcare. Wellbeing is a high priority and as such the school allows staff to benefit from Stress Counselling services, we also offer the flu jab for all staff.
Teaching staff are issued with a laptop and an ipad mini to use both at work and home. They are also entitled to a free school lunch of their choice whilst on duty. Hot drinks are provided free and to all staff. along with "Payday Breakfast"
Our local secondary school has a gym that staff are able join for a monthly fee of £15 or a joint membership of £20. We also have our own free running club.
Recruitment and Safeguarding:
Castledon School and College is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity. All appointments are based solely on the merit and abilities of each applicant. The welfare of our students and staff is paramount. We are committed to safeguarding (including the prevention of radicalisation). The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate a commitment and knowledge in these areas and will be required to undertake appropriate checks as part of the recruitment process including DBS and referencing, as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.
All new teachers are also supported though their first term at Castledon by mentoring by a senior member of staff. Planning, lesson delivery and annual reviews are just some of the areas that a senior member of staff will support with to ensure that you feel comfortable with Castledon's systems and expectations.
Teaching staff continue to receive support from their peers and senior staff through a fortnightly AfL session which allows current practise to be discussed and staff to share their ideas.
As the school looks to expand its provision for pupils with MLS/SEMH, MLD/ASC and to extend the age range to 19, we are looking for staff to develop their skills and take on distance learning in a variety of different areas of SEN including mindfulness, dyslexia and sensory needs.