Vacancy: Resource Base Leader

River Mead School
Job reference
Closing date
9.00am on 2 May 2023
Interview date
18th or 19th May 2023
Start date
1 September 2023
Contract type
MPS / UPS dependent upon qualifications and experience + TLR
Full time
Lowbourne, Melksham SN12 7ED
Role overview
We are looking to appoint an experienced leader as Resource Base Leader at River Mead School in Melksham. The successful candidate will be passionate about working with children with complex needs, will have responsibility for teaching a class within the Resource Base and, as a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team will provide leadership and direction within the provision to ensure sustained improvement. They will be someone who has:
• Good knowledge of the SEN code of Practice, including a deep understanding of special learning needs such as ASD, ADHD, Global Delay, Attachment, Physical and Speech & Language needs
• The ability to motivate, challenge and inspire others
• Extensive experience in teaching children with SEND, preferably with experience in a Complex Needs Resource Base
• The ability to liaise effectively with mainstream colleagues, parents and outside agencies
• Experience and knowledge of leading Annual Reviews and the EHCP process

You will need to be:
• Inclusive, passionate, and principled. These are our Trust core principles, and everyone who works for us embodies these in their own unique way
• Passionate about providing memorable learning opportunities for all children within a creative and inspiring curriculum
• Dedicated to our children, with a belief that all children can succeed
• An excellent communicator, with fantastic interpersonal skills and high levels of emotional intelligence
• Able to take overall responsibility for the quality and standards of teaching and learning across the Resource Base
• Confident and proactive in modelling the effective teaching of children with SEND
• Capable of managing the day-to-day staffing of the Resource Base
• Resilient and determined to drive improvement to ensure the very best outcomes for the children

This role will report to the school’s Headteacher and be supported by the Trust’s wider Inclusion Team. This includes planning time, Professional Development Meetings and INSET Days with the Trust Quality Champion for Inclusion and Resource Base teachers from our other Trust schools. There are also opportunities for working with the local Resource Base Network and colleagues within other Resource Bases.

How to apply
Please refer to the Candidate Brief for information on how to apply
Other information
We warmly welcome visits to our school - if you would like to visit us please email so that we can arrange this.

What we offer

We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance whenever they need it
  • Generous employer contributions to the Local Authority Pension Scheme

Candidate Briefing Pack >

Application Form >
Equality & Diversity Form >

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. 

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’.  These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.

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