SEND Primary Phase Teacher

Springfields South

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking an exceptional SEND Primary Phase Teacher to join the school in January 2021

Post:                           SEND Primary Phase Teacher

Start Date:                  January 2021

Location:                    Springfields South, Westwood Road, Salisbury, SP2 9HS

Salary Range:            MPS, £25,712 rising to a maximum of £36,960 per annum plus SEN allowance of £4,479 per annum

Hours/Contract:         Full-time (1.0 FTE), Permanent

The Role: To consistently teach lessons that engage pupils, meet specificity of needs and enable progress across a broad and balanced curriculum, which will include literacy (English), numeracy (Mathematics), core and foundation subjects as well as therapeutic intervention. Additionally, to assess, monitor and record pupil progress and build effective working relationships with support staff, other teachers and middle leaders to further the development of the Quality of Education at the Academy.

The Person: The position is likely to be in an Early Years / Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 class. In addition to autism, the pupils have additional language needs and specific learning needs (literacy and/or numeracy) – strengths in either of these areas is advantageous. The successful candidate will be deployed in line with their strengths. Part of the excitement of teaching at Springfields is the broad range of individuals that you will care for. Our young people with autism may have sensory needs, speech and language difficulties, or other conditions such as autism, social, emotional and mental health needs. Some of our young people may have a combination of these, and of course, like any school we also have many gifted pupils and their individual needs, and given their complexity, being able to create a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment is crucial. Specialist qualifications related to SEN are desirable, but not essential. We are additionally looking for:

  • A positive ‘can-do’ attitude

  • A passion for, and understanding of, autism

  • Resilience

  • A creative and flexible approach to teaching that builds success through challenge, personalization and innovation

  • The confidence and skills to build positive relationships that help to break down barriers and build self-esteem

  • A commitment to enabling all our pupils to overcome their challenges and achieve their potential, both socially and academically

School Background: The Springfields Academy is a Reach South Academy for young people aged 5-19 with autism. We have 150 pupils attending our Calne site and 40 pupils at our Satellite provision in Salisbury.  Our goal is to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement.

Springfields is a fantastic, vibrant and caring community that engages pupils and develops positive attitudes to learning. Our autism approach is accessed by all our pupils and is personalised to meet specific needs. All our pupils have an education, health and care plan.


Trust Background:  Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.  We operate 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire.

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with curriculum autonomy, within a consistent framework of a metacognition focused pedagogy.  We are committed to collaboration with other schools, MATs, colleges, Local Authorities, employers and Government to bring the widest benefit to young people and our staff.


Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them.  We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Teachers within Reach South belong to a national community of professionals, and benefit from a wide range of networks and development opportunities across the Trust. In time, our best teachers are able to work across schools, develop specialisms and step up to leadership roles within and beyond their own academy. The Trust provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high expectations for staff and pupils alike.  

Those we recruit are able to demonstrate that they share our values, are highly motivated to work with colleagues within and beyond their school to continuously develop their skills and pursue professional excellence, and are committed to providing the highest standards of teaching for all children. If that is you then we would be delighted to receive your application. 

Further Information: So if you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development, please get in touch by calling Sam Cottrell on 01722 443430 or email at for further information.


Job Description and Person Specification: SEND Primary Phase Teacher Job Description and Person Specification

Person Specification: SEND Primary Phase Teacher Person Specification


To Apply:  Please send a completed application form (below) to 


Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 8 November 2020 at midnight. The Trust reserves the right to close the job vacancy on receipt of sufficient applications without notification.  It is therefore vital that should you wish to apply for this post that you submit your application as soon as possible.


Interview Date:  Interviews will be held on Friday 13 November 2020.


Opportunities and Benefits: We offer a competitive salary plus TPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities with many other benefits.


We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training.



Application Form

Prospective Applicant Letter

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.  Please note the information you provide in this section of the form will stay confidential, and be stored securely and limited to only the Trusts Human Resources team and used for monitoring purposes only


Telephone: 01752 987060



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Reach South Academy Trust is an exempt charity in England and Wales. Company number: 10151730