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Job Ref No. ECC7071-172 Position Type: Head of Year Pay Range: MPR/UPR + TLR
Position Start Date: 01/01/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 27/11/2023 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

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Salary: MPR/UPR + TLR + AET Wellbeing Cash Plan + Pension Scheme (TPS/LGPS) + Additional AET Benefits

Permanent, Full Time

January 2024 Start

We can offer you:

  • A team of leaders, teachers and staff that are welcoming, skilled and dedicated to our pupils
  • An induction programme and designated mentor to help you quickly settle in, feel as though you belong, and be successful in your work
  • Exciting opportunities for professional development and career progression
  • High levels of support to develop your impact, including partnership working within a regional network through our Academies Trust.

Columbus provides for pupils aged between 3 and 19 with severe and profound learning difficulties, many of which also have autism. We deliver an excellent education to pupils across two campuses with some of the highest quality learning environments in the country for pupils with special needs. We provide a broad and ambitious curriculum that is profoundly focused on preparing learners for the future.

We have high expectations of learners' progress across the key areas of communication and interaction; cognition and learning; sensory, physical health and development; social, emotional and mental health; and self help and independence. Each learner has a personalised curriculum closely related to their education, health and care plan (EHCP). The curriculum is designed through collaboration with parents and carers and, as necessary, other professionals and specialists.

We are seeking to appoint a forward thinking Phase Leader (Head of Sixth Form) with a key focus on supporting curriculum planning and management, teaching and learning and student support.

Columbus has four Phase Leaders covering Early Years, through to Post 16 education. This role is to lead the Phase responsible for developing our oldest learners through academic outcomes, community engagement, vocational experiences, and life-skills to be ready to progress in adult-life after school.

As a key member of the Leadership Team, you will motivate and support a teaching team to enable excellent student progress and readiness for the next stage.

The post-holder should also have a proven track record of effectively managing improvement in a SEND setting, and be able to demonstrate innovative methods of teaching whilst inspiring staff and students alike.

About Academies Enterprise Trust

AET was established in 2008 and is now a national network of 57 primary, secondary, and special schools. We are proud of our diverse and inclusive network which spans nearly every region in England. We want our people to be empowered to do their best work, supported by the best leadership they've ever had, so that we provide an excellent education to every child, in every classroom.

With excellent leadership and teaching in every school, we will help children go on to lead successful and happy lives. We acknowledge and appreciate the exceptional efforts of all our people.

AET Staff Benefits

Career development and training: Our approach to educational excellence is underpinned by our Instructional Excellence Programme, delivered through an exciting and pioneering partnership with One World. We also have a long-standing partnership with Ambition Institute, and offer the full suite of Early Career and NPQ programmes, expertly facilitated and tailored to our network and local contexts. Our centralised CPD offer provides network opportunities for both teaching and leadership development, as well as offers tailored to individuals and schools.

Great pension | Healthcare cashback and helpline | Employee assistance programme
Free financial advice | Salary advances | Affordable loan scheme | Electric car and bike schemes
Lifestyle savings | Discounted gym membership | Travel and leisure scheme

Closing date: 27thNovember2023

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with our safeguarding practices we are unable to accept CV's. Apply today here:

Academies Enterprise Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a robust, fair and consistent recruitment process which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Academies Enterprise Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. Job share, part time and flexible working opportunities will be considered.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and there is a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Recruitment Team
School Campus
Oliver Way, Chelmsford
Essex, CM1 4ZB
Telephone: 01245 491492

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