Head Teacher, Beatlie School Campus, 477.05

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Job Description After 1 August 2020, Education Authorities can only appoint the following categories of people as permanent Head Teachers:- People who have achieved the Standard for Headship. People appointed as permanent Head Teachers of...

Job Description

After 1 August 2020, Education Authorities can only appoint the following categories of people as permanent Head Teachers:-

  • People who have achieved the Standard for Headship.
  • People appointed as permanent Head Teachers of a public school, a grant-aided school or an independent school on or before 1 August 2020.

A person who has not yet achieved the Standard for Headship may be appointed as a head teacher, provided the appointment does not exceed 30 months.

We are keen to employ a diverse workforce that reflects the people of Scotland. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly from groups currently under-represented, including people with disabilities, those from minority ethnic communities or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds

West Lothian Council are committed to far reaching changes to the way we deliver our Education Services. These changes include giving you the support and environment that you need to get on with your job and develop your abilities. Our dedication is demonstrated by the whole council achievement of the Investors in People Standard and always aiming a little higher in our service delivery and improvements.

Beatlie School provides co-educational and non-denominational education for pupils with profound, severe and complex learning difficulties aged between 3 and 18 years of age. The school catchment area covers the whole of West Lothian Council. The school has recently moved to a brand new building which has been purpose built to support the complex medical needs of the children who attend. This has brought about a fresh and exciting opportunity to develop new and refreshed curriculum which can be facilitated by the increased technology and automation of build structures and new facilities such as the school hydrotherapy pool.

The curriculum at Beatlie is child-centred and aims to look at the whole child, taking into account the individual's needs, personalities and age. We provide a broad balanced curriculum within the National Framework for Curriculum for Excellence. Multi-sensory and interactive methods ensure the curriculum is dynamic and meaningful for each pupil. The curriculum is at a level appropriate to the young person.

Our curriculum is designed using this broad framework. We base children’s learning opportunities on the experiences and outcomes whilst taking account of the skills within the new Education Scotland document, ‘Milestones to support learners with complex additional support needs’. At 16, the curriculum focuses on the Senior Phase which aims to prepare young people for life after Beatlie. Our teaching staff and advanced pupil support workers are highly skilled and ongoing training is provided to ensure all children are nurtured and cared for and provided with outstanding learning experiences.

We are supported by a team of health professionals who regularly meet with staff, children and parents. This includes: school nursing team, Community Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Education Psychologist and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Team. The complexities of medical need requires the school staff to work closely and in collaboration with Allied Health Professional to ensure each child has the appropriate medical and educational supports provided to meet their needs.

There is a very positive ethos across the school. Staff, parents and partners work very well together to create a whole school community to provide the best possible care for our children.

A relevant teaching qualification and registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland is essential.

 

Requirements

This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Successful candidates will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment and the cost will be met by the candidate.

The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59 or Existing Member is £18.