This is a recently created opportunity in response to the school’s planned expansion.
Corley Centre is a secondary special school for children with complex social and communication difficulties. A significant number of students have an autism diagnosis. Student attainment covers the full National Curriculum and GCSE/vocational range.
The school has recent success both in teacher training and subsequent NQT support. Our 2018 Schools Direct Trainee was award the Warwick University Ann Barnes Memorial Prize for Inspirational Teaching.
We are seeking a trainee English teacher to join an outstanding English department led by two English specialists, both senior leaders; one with whole school responsibility for Teaching and Learning and the other for Curriculum and Accreditation. With two specialist English Teaching Assistants in addition, the opportunities for professional development within this department are vast. Training opportunities will involve all key stages and the full ability range; from Year 7 nurture classes to Entry Level Functional Skills and GCSE English Language and Literature in KS4 and Post 16.
Attainment on entry to Corley Centre typically covers the full range of academic ability with the majority of students progressing, in Key Stage 4, to GCSE English Language and for the more able, English Literature. We aim for 100% of students to leave Corley Centre with a Functional Skills English qualification, ranging from Entry Level to Level 2.
Numerous opportunities exist within the English Department to become involved in the extra curricular life of the school, such as our Debate Mate Team and Library, as well as Creative Writing Club. Students are often keen to introduce new lunchtime activities; Drama is an area requiring further development and the ability to re-introduce this would be an advantage.
All our staff have a pastoral as well as a teaching role and the trainee will become fully immersed in the pastoral life of the school. There are numerous ways in which teaching and learning staff support our pastoral programme, from specific interventions to 1-1 support and there will be many opportunities for a trainee teacher to be involved in this vital aspect of our work.
Teaching at Corley Centre is as much to do with developing our students’ personal potential, as it is their academic. These two go hand in hand, as we know that in order to reach their academic potential, our students need to feel safe, valued and confident to take risks and stretch their abilities.