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Lead Teacher for Complex Needs

Education - School

School Leadership Teaching

Oak Learning Partnership

Elms Bank School,

Rippon Avenue, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 8PJ


Required for September 2021



Are you looking for an innovative role, where you positively impact on the lives of young people every day? Do you want to work with a creative and dedicated team of education, on site health and therapy professionals, with access to high quality facilities and resources? Do you have vision to develop a department? If so, this is the post for you!


Elms Bank is an outstanding, generic secondary special school for pupils aged 11-19.


Ofsted November 2014
“Teaching is outstanding and has a very strong impact on students’ learning and progress over time.”


Working as our ‘Thrive’ Pathway leader we require you to have ambition and drive to develop our PMLD & complex SLD Pathway. You will join a team of professionals, working with pupils with a range of profound and complex learning needs, often with additional visual or hearing impairments, medical conditions and/ or sensory processing disorders.


You will be an inspirational lead, implementing methods to enhance teaching and learning across our Thrive Pathway. You will work with and manage a small team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants. You will provide vision, leadership and direction for the continuing development of our Thrive Pathway. You will be part of a highly motivated and skilled team and will be given extensive support to develop your full potential.


We are looking for a ‘team player’ who will support the development of our whole-school values, in which raising of pupils’ attainment is central to your work on a day to day basis. The school community will need to see you as a highly effective leader who is able to lead by example by being an excellent practitioner. You will need to be innovative, creative, forward thinking and have a passion for working with the vulnerable children in our school to ensure they get the education and care they deserve.


In return, we offer some fantastic incentives such as cycle to work scheme, Perkbox, childcare vouchers through salary sacrifice, tech save scheme, discounted gym fees at Bury Leisure. We offer bespoke inductions where we pride ourselves in investing in our staff and providing training and development opportunities to enhance your performance and knowledge.


The salary for this post is teachers’ main-scale (£25,714-£36,961) plus 1 SEN (2,270) + TLR2B (£4,787)



The successful candidate will:


·Have extensive experience and skills in working with pupils with a range of profound, complex, 
 communication, sensory needs and be passionate about helping all our young people to achieve their 
 full potential;

·Be able to demonstrate how their work has had a significant whole school impact and how they have 
 raised standards;

·Be able to demonstrate outstanding classroom practice and be able to lead outstanding teaching and 

·Have excellent interpersonal, organisational, leadership and management skills;

·Have a strong commitment to innovative curriculum development, which should include a good 
 knowledge of provision for pupils with complex needs and demonstrate that you are passionate 
 about your learning in this area.


Applications from colleagues who meet the criteria are welcome from mainstream or special settings. Mainstream colleagues will need to demonstrate their commitment to SEND provision and how they have enhanced the provision in their own setting.


Appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and references. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.


We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


For further information click on the links below:


Lead Teacher for Complex Needs-Advert Pack

Application Guidance Notes

Application Form


Completed applications to be returned to Mrs Orienne Langley-Sadler, Head teacher of Elms Bank at


Closing Date:  26th April 2021. 9am

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26th Apr 2021

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