Forest School Lead

The Pioneer School, Basildon

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Job Ref No. ECC7001-116S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: £20,598 - £32,134 + AET Wellbeing Cash Plan + Pens
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 14/04/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: 2 May 2024  

Job Description

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Pioneer is a very successful special school providing for children and young people between the ages of 3 to 19 with Severe and Complex Learning Difficulties. We have purpose built facilities and an opportunity has arisen to join our team in this exciting environment.

We are looking for a Forest School Lead to support our students in this innovative program of outdoor learning projects and activities. You will be responsible for planning and delivering engaging and high-quality outdoor lessons that cater to diverse learning styles, nurturing confidence and self-esteem in our pupils with severe and complex needs. Our Forest School is a bespoke area on the school site, which is well resourced.

Candidates should have a Level 3 Forest School Qualification.

At Pioneer we have a modern and inspiring learning environment, complemented with a wide and varied range of resources to enhance the learning experience for all. We have a holistic approach to meeting the needs of our pupils to enable them to experience and achieve success.

We work closely and collaboratively with families and other professionals which supports our pupils to reach their full potential and prepare them for life beyond school.

Our aim is to ensure our students are excited about coming to school and love learning. We want them to be motivated and challenged. Most of all, we want all our students to know they can be successful and feel proud of their achievements.

Close Date: 14thApril 2024

Interview Date: 2nd May 2024

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.

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.

Information about the School

We are a successful, purpose built, mixed special school providing for children and young people between the ages of 3 – 19 with severe and complex learning difficulties.

With the exception of those pupils occasionally admitted in the Foundation Stage on an assessment basis all pupils have a statement of special educational need, falling principally into the categories of severe and complex or profound and multiple. A smaller number of students have moderate learning difficulties and a significant number have an additional diagnosis of autism.

The school experiences a variable pattern of referrals and admissions and whilst it is usual for children to be admitted at the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 age there are a significant number of children that are admitted at other ages. Admissions also take place regularly throughout the school year.

Although the catchment area for the school extends beyond the geographical boundaries of Basildon the vast majority of pupils live in the local area.

In January 2009 the school moved to new purpose built premises, which were further extended in September 2011 to provide even more specialist spaces. The school now has facilities that are second to none within the UK and we are regularly visited or consulted on matters of special school design.

Our vision is to continue developing and improving the quality of provision available to our students and our Academy Council, parents and staff are enthusiastic and committed to the proposed plans. We believe that our proposals will enhance the education and quality of life for the children and young people currently in the school and lead to better outcomes for them in adult life.

Our most recent successful Ofsted inspection recognised that we are an Outstanding school, commenting 'The quality of education for pupils with profound and multiple special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is excellent. Pupils thrive in this high-quality learning environment. '

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.

Information about the school

Contact Information

Laurence Johnson
Pioneer School
Ghyllgrove, Basildon
Essex, SS14 2LA
Telephone: 01268 243302
Email: ljohnson@academiesenterprisetrust.org

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