Secondary SEN leadership advisor

Initially in a P/T voluntary capacity, we require a secondary head teacher with recent experience in an SEN provision rated good or outstanding to join Ausum Academy as our leadership mentor. We are applying to the DfE for the October 2015 deadline to set up an SEN school within Plymouth for students with Autism. The school will cater for approximately 100 pupils between the ages 4-19. If our application is successful there will be the opportunity to apply for the Headteacher position.

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate headteacher to join our inspirational team and help build a 'flagship' school for students with Autism from its very foundations. We are proposing a specialist school underpinned by a child centred philosophy that incorporates flexible timetables and therapeutic approaches to optimise outcomes for those pupils capable of achieving at or above age related expectations but unable to flourish in a mainstream environment. Our approach will recognise each child as an individual with a unique set of strengths and needs. We will support students to develop areas of specialist interest and skill, and strengthen weaker areas to build social skills, emotional resilience, life skills and self esteem. We will work in partnership with both parents and the community and forge networks with other providers to ensure students have access to a broad variety of opportunities. The school will also crucially actively support students through the post 16/19 transition to ensure they access the support and provision most suited to them.

The team is working closely with the local authority to meet an identified gap in provision within the city. We have successfully achieved a place on the New Schools Network development programme and have a large body of community support behind us. This has led to us being gifted a quality bespoke website (currently under construction) by a local web design company. Our policy's will be evidence based and underpinned by the recommendations of the Autism Education Trust. In the long term we aim to develop as a proactive community outreach hub, linking education with community provision, and promoting excellence in the area of Autism Education within the city.

The input we need from you will be flexible and negotiable, however we do require your commitment to support us with leadership expertise as we develop a robust application to the DfE. The candidate will ideally live within a commutable distance to Plymouth, as face to face meetings will at times be necessary.

How to apply

Please cotact us via email at ausumplymouth@hotmail.com if interested in finding out more.