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Meadows School is a successful non-maintained day special school run by Barnardo's. Meadows School works with students aged 7-19. There is a Primary Campus (in Tunbridge Wells) for 7-11 year old students. Students aged 11-16 are on the main campus  and the post-16 provision (students aged 16-19) is also on the main site some 400m from the main school. All students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs. The main campus is sited in Southborough between the towns of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

It is imperative that you have passion for making a positive difference to the lives of the young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships. You should be a team player, resilient and motivated by challenge and have the ability to think creatively. You will need to be willing to work to Barnardo's Basis and Values and maintain Safeguarding as a core priority.

Project Worker Grade 4

Full time

Salary Scale: £22,111 to £30,083 per annum dependent on experience

Closing date: 30th November 2021

Start date: TBC

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of working with challenging behaviour within an education or care setting. They will be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and independently, enabling the students to make improved decision-making in their transitions through the school and into adult life. You will be expected to work at the project, college/work experience placements and provide support for independent travel. This post requires an enhanced with barred list DBS check. 

Key Requirements:

  • The minimum qualification requirement is a Diploma/NVQ Level 3 Children's and Young People's Workforce (Social Care Pathway) or equivalent.
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection/Safeguarding legislation, guidance and practice
  • A full driving licence and agreement to transport young people in school vehicles and on public transport
  • Experience of working with challenging young people and their families
  • Ability to establish appropriate and trusting relationships with young people, their families and other professionals in a range of contexts
  • Physical and mental resilience
  • Willingness and ability to learn and apply behaviour management techniques
  • A willingness to undertake further training

You may be required to work anywhere within Meadows School (across Key Stage 2-5, preferences will be considered).

For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please consult the school website at: www.meadowsschool.org.uk or contact Vaughan Jackson, Deputy Principal on 01892 529144.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if applicable). This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR POSITIONS IN MEADOWS SCHOOL, A FULL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (SINCE FINISHING FORMAL EDUCATION) IS REQUIRED ON YOUR APPLICATION AND CV'S ARE NOT ACCEPTED. SOME REFERENCES WILL ALSO BE TAKEN UP PRIOR TO INTERVIEW.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE VIA BARNARDO'S ONLINE FORM - PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Teacher - English Subject Lead

Full-time or part-time

Salary Scale: Main/Upper Teaching Scale (plus TLR plus SEN allowance)

Closing Date: 28th November 2021

Start Date: As soon as possible

We are looking to recruit a creative, dynamic and inspirational teacher for a unique role within special education. You will teach in key-stage 3 and 4 but will have oversight across the English curriculum, from Key-stage 2 to 5. We acknowledge that this covers both a primary and secondary curriculum and therefore requires special skill-sets. As such, we are looking for someone who is willing to become confident in the assessment criteria and curricula demands this presents and be a resilient practitioner who is able to command the requirements of such broad curricula, leading English across the school. You may not yet be an existing subject lead, or even work within special education; however, Meadows is an excellent school to develop your skills professionally and develop an exciting career.

Meadows School has an all-through curriculum for Key-stages 2-3 and 4-5.  In Key-stage 2 and 3 we focus on the fundamentals of reading and writing, following the National Curriculum, differentiated to meet the needs of our students. In key-stage 4-5, students work towards various accredited qualifications,  including Entry Level Certificates, Functional Skills and GCSE. We are looking for an inspirational practitioner to lead a department and curriculum to work with staff and students in all Key-stages. In finding the best candidate, we are open to flexible working patterns.

We are looking for someone who is able to adopt a flexible and solution-focussed approach in teaching both challenging and vulnerable students. It is imperative that you have passion for making a difference to the education and lives of the young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships. You should be a team player, resilient, and motivated by challenge and have the ability to think creatively. You will need to be willing to work to Barnardo's Basis and Values. You will need to be an inspiring practitioner, who is able to deliver a differentiated curriculum to students who are disengaged, with depressed literacy and numeracy skills and low self-esteem. You would need to be fit and able to conduct TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention - our Behaviour Management system), holds and physical restraints once fully trained. You will work within a dedicated team, where a proactive and flexible approach is required. The maximum number of students on roll is 100, split over 4 key-stages.

For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please consult the school website at: www.meadowsschool.org.uk or contact Katie Bain, Deputy Principal - Education at Meadows School on 01892 529144 or via email at enquiries@meadowsschool.org.uk. Visits to the school are encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR POSITIONS IN MEADOWS SCHOOL, A FULL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (SINCE FINISHING FORMAL EDUCATION) IS REQUIRED ON YOUR APPLICATION AND CV'S ARE NOT ACCEPTED. SOME REFERENCES WILL ALSO BE TAKEN UP PRIOR TO INTERVIEW.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE VIA BARNARDO'S ONLINE FORM - PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Design & Technology/Multi-Skills Teacher - Part-time

Part-time 2x days per week

(Monday & Tuesday OR Thursday and Friday)

Salary Scale: Main/Upper Teaching Scale plus SEN allowance (pro-rata)

Closing Date: 21st November 2021

Start date: As soon as possible

We are looking to recruit a part-time teacher, who is able to teach Design and Technology and Multi-Skills across the school; someone who is able to adopt a flexible and solution focussed approach in teaching both challenging and vulnerable students. It is imperative that you have the passion for making a difference to the education and lives of the young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships. You should be a team player, resilient and motivated by challenge and have the ability to think creatively. You will need to be willing to work to Barnardo's Basis and Values.

You will need to be an inspiring practitioner, who is able to deliver a differentiated curriculum to students who are disengaged, with depressed literacy and numeracy skills and low self-esteem. You would need to be mentally and physically resilient and able to conduct TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) holds and physical restraints, once fully trained. You will work within a dedicated team, where a proactive and flexible approach is required. The maximum number of students on roll is 100, split over 4 key-stages.

Benefits of working for Meadows School;

  • Small class sizes with high staff: student ratios
  • Flexibility in curriculum design to meet students' need
  • Extensive CPD opportunities and in-house training programmes
  • Free school lunches
  • Free on-site parking
  • Discretionary sick pay scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (health and wellbeing)
  • Staff Benefits platform

For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please consult the school website at: www.meadowsschool.org.uk or contact Katie Bain the Head of Education on 01892 529144. Visits to the school are encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR POSITIONS IN MEADOWS SCHOOL, A FULL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (SINCE FINISHING FORMAL EDUCATION) IS REQUIRED ON YOUR APPLICATION AND CV'S ARE NOT ACCEPTED. SOME REFERENCES WILL ALSO BE TAKEN UP PRIOR TO INTERVIEW.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE VIA BARNARDO'S ONLINE FORM - PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Caretaker/ Handyperson /Driver 

Permanent, full-time, all year round. 36.25 hours per week.

Salary: £18,220 - £21, 105 PA dependent on skills and experience

Closing date: tbc

Start date: as soon as possible

The successful candidate will evidence the skills and characteristics they have which they believe will benefit our school and mean that the students and staff have a safe, well-maintained environment and buildings in which to learn and work. The roles includes minor maintenance tasks across the campus, grounds work, caretaking and security arrangement alongside health and safety responsibilities.

Key Requirements:

  • A knowledge and understanding of safe working practices under legislation (including the Health and Safety at Work Act) and a keen interest in health and safety
  • Knowledge and general experience of working with building tools and equipment, and of carrying out minor repairs and redecoration
  • Substantial experience of gardening work
  • A full, clean driving licence and agreement to drive school vehicles
  • Ability to maintain school vehicles
  • An ability to work as part of a team and also independently, organising workload, taking the initiative and being self-motivated with a solution-focused approach
  • Physical and mental resilience
  • IT literacy for communications and recording and reporting
  • A willingness to undertake further training

You may be required to work anywhere within Meadows School 

For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please  contact Steve Hawkins (Premises Supervisor) on 01892 529144.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR POSITIONS IN MEADOWS SCHOOL, A FULL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (SINCE FINISHING FORMAL EDUCATION) IS REQUIRED ON YOUR APPLICATION AND CV'S ARE NOT ACCEPTED. SOME REFERENCES WILL ALSO BE TAKEN UP PRIOR TO INTERVIEW.

Applications MUST be via Barnardo's electronic application form - please click HERE to apply.

 


Meadows School provides excellent opportunities for all staff to gain new skills and develop professionally.

School Specific
  • 'Buddy' system for new starter staff
  • Free fantastic lunches
  • Free on-site parking
  • Ongoing regular CPD and opportunities for progression
  • Supportive, friendly staff team
  • Small class sizes
  • Teaching staff can be part of the Teacher Pension Scheme
Salary and leave
  • Salary is paid in arrears in 12 equal instalments on the 23rd of each month. Salaries are normally reviewed annually.
  • Pension Scheme: Barnardo’s offers a 4% or 6% matched contribution to our Group Personal Pension. For those that pay into the pension they will be provided with death in service cover of 4 times annual earnings.
  • Enhanced maternity pay for eligible employees at 50% of weekly pay for 12 weeks, plus 39 weeks’ Statutory Maternity Pay. The right to take up to 52 weeks maternity leave is available to all pregnant employees.
  • Enhanced adoption pay for eligible employees at 50% of weekly pay for 12 weeks, plus 39 weeks’ Statutory Adoption Pay. The right to take up to 52 weeks leave is available to employees adopting a child.
  • Fostering Leave: up to 52 weeks for new foster parents fostering on a long term basis and fostering pay for eligible employees.
  • Support Leave: 2 weeks’ leave for partners to be taken on or around the time of birth/adoption/fostering. Parental Leave: eligible employees are entitled to 18 weeks unpaid leave to be taken by the child’s 18th birthday
  • Shared Parental Leave: eligible employees can share up to a maximum of 50 weeks leave and 37 weeks’ pay following the birth/adoption of child.
  • Sickness Absence: Barnardo’s is required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own discretionary sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.
Support
  • Work-life balance - Barnardo’s offers a number of policies to help employees achieve a greater work-life balance including flexible working.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): is a health and wellbeing benefit available to Barnardo’s employees. It offers access to a variety of confidential services including telephone and online counselling and legal and financial information services.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme: buy a bike and/or safety equipment up to £1,000 on a tax efficient basis for the purpose of going to and from work.
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: We have four networks (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, Disability, LGBT and Women) which are open to all and provide support to those that identify with them.
Discounts
  • There are more than 5000 discounts and deals to be found on our staff benefits platform, including discount cinema tickets and reloadable store cards.
  • Barnardo’s Shops offer employees a 20% discount
  • Choice Discount Stores: 10% off all merchandise
  • Merlin Entertainments: big discounts available e.g. Alton Towers, Legoland
  • Discount holidays and breaks at locations across the UK
  • Hotel accommodation: stay at a number of hotels in UK at a discount rate
Job Vacancies

Job vacancies are advertised on Barnardo's website - to view the latest vacancies please look here.

Online applications must be completed for all roles.

Barnardo's Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Our safer recruitment processes mean that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount at every stage of the process, and therefore we adopt rigorous scrutiny in our pre-employment checking. Applicants must be willing to undergo relevant pre-employment checks, including references being taken up prior to interview and for the successful candidate, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance.

As part of your application, you will need to provide FULL details of ALL your employment since leaving secondary education, starting with your current or most recent employment first and then by working backwards, including reasons for leaving. Please also include any periods of voluntary work and/or training, providing reasons for any periods not in employment, education or training.

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.