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Resource Base Teacher (SENSS) OCC7618

Job Details:

Salary Range: Main or Upper Pay Scale plus SEN allowance pro rata, per annum 

Work Location: The Ormerod Resource Base at The Marlborough School, Shipton Road, Woodstock, OX20 1LP

Hours per week: 32.5  

Contract type: Temporary - maternity cover (teacher pay and conditions)

Closing date:  27.01.2019

Interview date: 07.02.2019


Advert Text:

This is an opportunity join the Special Educational Needs Support Service (SENSS) in Oxfordshire for a temporary maternity cover at The Ormerod Resource Base at the Marlborough School, commencing 23 April 2019 at the start of the summer term.

The post of Resource Base Teacher offers an opportunity for a highly specialist teacher, ideally with experience in Speech Language and Communication Needs and Autism Spectrum Conditions to work closely with a secondary resource base team, mainstream teachers and the host school. The role focusses on supporting the full inclusion of children with a range of special educational needs including communication & interaction and physical disability in the academic and social life of the host school.

We’re looking for a teacher with a passion for inclusive education. You’ll have significant experience in mainstream and / or SEN posts, a solid grasp of the impact of communication and interaction needs on learning and good communication skills. A positive, solution focussed and enthusiastic approach is also essential.

The successful candidate will be deployed at the Ormerod Resource Base at The Marlborough School, Woodstock, although the appointment is to the SENSS service.

Job Purpose:

To teach students in the Resource Base.

In consultation with the Resource Base Co-ordinator, to work in partnership with the host school to promote the full inclusion, attainment and achievement of the pupils in the Ormerod Resource Base, through a whole school approach.

In consultation with the Resource Base Co-ordinator and the host school, to provide day to day oversight of the work of support staff allocated to the base, in order to respond appropriately to the support needs of the students, including supporting the performance management of the teaching assistants.

This job description is to be performed in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document and within the range of teachers’ duties set out in that document.

Role Responsibilities:

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • To devise and implement individual education programmes, in collaboration with mainstream class teachers, to ensure access to the National Curriculum, appropriately differentiated to meet SEN;
  • To plan, track and evaluate appropriate specialist interventions to meet the identified needs of pupils in the base, and the host school as appropriate, adapting these to meet changing needs;
  • To make provision for the social and personal development of students in the base, fostering inclusion and independence at every opportunity;
  • To maintain high expectations for behaviour and engagement and support students to develop positive and appropriate behaviour through positive behaviour support planning and management
  • Occasionally, and only in line with agreed behaviour management plans, and subject to appropriate training, the post holder may be required to physically intervene to ensure the safe management of behaviour incidents.
  • To keep accurate and up to date records of pupil progress in line with host school systems for recording and reporting to parents; 
  • Working within host school systems, to liaise with parents in relation to the special needs of their child, to promote consistent approaches between home and school;
  • To compile reports, for Progress Reviews and Annual Reviews, as required and attend review meetings, in consultation with the host school;
  • To support positive and effective transitions at all stages of education.


Working in Partnership with the Host School:

  • To communicate effectively with key host school colleagues to promote positive collaboration and partnership in all aspects of the base / school partnership;
  • To support systems for informing school staff about the strengths, learning styles and needs of base students, and of appropriate strategies to meet these;
  • In consultation with the Resource Base Co-ordinator, to promote the base as a specialist resource for the host school, by offering a range of support including:
    • Inclusion of host school pupils in base interventions / activities as appropriate.
    • Awareness raising activities for peers and new staff
  • To follow Host School policies and procedures in relation to Resource Base students, integrating these with SENSS and Local Authority processes as appropriate.


Oversight of Support Staff:

  • To provide professional guidance to the staff team employed in the base, maintaining a positive ethos, and encouraging all staff to aspire to the highest standards of service delivery;
  • In consultation with the Resource Base Co-ordinator, to plan for the day to day deployment of the staff team, including:
    • timetabling and allocation of key working responsibilities;
    • delegating tasks across the team;
    • prioritising the support needs of students;
  • To communicate effectively within the base team through team meetings and briefings to ensure that staff are fully informed and effective.
  • To liaise closely with the Resource Base Coordinator and other visiting SENSS Teachers
    • to ensure consistency;
    • to facilitate the flexible and equitable deployment of staff across sites; 
    • to promote successful and seamless transitions;


Other Duties:

  • To maintain and continuously update personal, professional skills and knowledge including a) Specialist knowledge and b) Mainstream initiatives and developments, through participating in appropriate performance management, CPD and engagement with the wider specialist team
  • To liaise with other professionals and support services to ensure that the SEN of children in the base are met in a holistic and integrated way. This will combine both integrated provision for individual children and planning for multi-agency working across the base and host school. 
  • To seek opportunities to develop the base as a centre of excellence and a training resource for professionals in the partnership and wider locality.


To undertake other such appropriate tasks as may be requested by the SENSS Manager, Director of People or his/her representative.

Selection Criteria - Essential:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Sound and up to date knowledge of specialist approaches to support children with a range of SEN
  • Recent and relevant training mainstream initiatives and developments including the National Curriculum.
  • An up-to-date knowledge of current, national education legislation and developments 
  • A commitment to on-going career development.



  • Teaching experience in one or more Key Stages, including experience in a Mainstream Environment.
  • Experience in delivering specialist interventions


Job related aptitude and skills:

  • A demonstrable commitment to inclusive approaches to meeting SEN
  • Exceptional communication skills including written and verbal communication, and the ability to communicate complex information succinctly and efficiently to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to motivate and encourage colleagues
  • Good organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise a range of functions and work efficiently under pressure.


Personal qualities:

  • Optimistic, enthusiastic, buoyant, and resilient.
  • Solution focussed


Special Requirements:

  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS Disclosure
  • Ability to travel for work purposes to attend meetings and reviews as required
  • Commitment to and understanding of, the principles of Equal Opportunities for all, in employment and the delivery of services.

Selection Criteria - Desirable:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • An accredited post graduate qualification in Special Educational Needs.
  • Evidence of recent training, CPD and involvement in school based development initiatives.
  • Recent responsibility for curriculum development in either N/C or in specialist SEN context.



  • Evidence of highly successful working practice e.g. Ofsted reports or internal audits and reviews.
  • Experience as a Specialist Teacher, ideally in a resource base setting or in an advisory capacity.
  • Experience of teaching mathematics


Job related aptitude and skills:

  • Experience of working as a member of a team


Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Please note, under safer recruitment, references will be sought prior to interview.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

For an informal discussion or to visit the resource base please call Nancy Gedge, Resource Base Co-ordinator on 01993 814741


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

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