Teacher for SEMH provision – The Bishop’s CE Primary Academy


Posted on: Wednesday 27 September 2023 | Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

The Bishop’s CE Primary Academy, Canterbury Way, Thetford IP24 1EB

We are looking for an amazing person to join our dedicated and hardworking team at our dynamic and busy two-form entry church school.

Trust: DNEAT

Academy Name: The Bishop’s CE Primary Academy

Vacancy Job Title: Teacher for SEMH provision

Pay Scale: UPS1

Contract: Permanent

Part Time/Full Time: Full time

Start Date: January 2024 or as soon after as possible

We are looking for an amazing person to work alongside the SENDCO to set up and lead our new enhanced provision for children with SEMH, joining our dedicated and hardworking team at our dynamic and busy two-form entry church school. This is a new provision for up to 12 children who are on role within our school.

We need a strong, enthusiastic teacher who is keen to plan and deliver a bespoke, high quality curriculum within a mixed age, small class provision. We have a strong reputation for supporting children with a wide range of SEN through our inclusive Christian ethos, as reflected in our Ofsted inspection and wish to continue to develop our provision to include children with SEMH. The successful candidate will work alongside the SENDCO to manage a small team in delivering specialist support and learning for our children with social and emotional difficulties. The learning will be delivered through mixed age sessions, separate 1:1 and small group learning and within the main school.

Our children will attend the support often because they have faced high level of trauma and can exhibit challenging behaviour when they don’t know how to express their feelings. They need a teacher who will love them, whatever their behaviour, but will also have high expectations, be compassionate, fair and consistent in their approach. While it will not be an easy job, it will be incredibly rewarding. If this sounds like the role for you please keep reading!

The ideal person will;

  • Have experience in, or a passion for working with students with challenging behaviour
  • Experience in understanding the interventions, strategies and adaptations needed to support children with SEND
  • Have knowledge or understanding of how to apply therapeutic interventions within a SEMH context
  • Have undertaken or be prepared to take the NPQ in behaviour management
  • Have experience, training in or at least awareness of ACEs, Trauma Informed Practice and/or Step on Norfolk training
  • Have patience, a sense of humour and a heart of gold.
  • Be flexible, proactive and patient
  • Be nurturing in their approach and interventions
  • Be able to communicate effectively within a team

Working within our trust will also give you additional benefits including private health, eye care and dental care.

Come and see us to find out more. You will be warmly welcomed.

Culture and ethos:

  • Proactively promote and demonstrate the Diocese’s vision and values in all aspects of work
  • Challenge, motivate and empower others to set high aspirations and attain ambitious outcomes
  • Treat everyone as a valued individual who is loved by God
  • Promote and demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement which includes keeping abreast of educational developments and best management practice
  • Work collaboratively developing the concept of family across the Trusts and their academies
  • Ensure regular open and honest communication in all professional duties
  • Recognise the importance of serving the wider community and promoting inclusivity.
  • Undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade.

The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this job specification are indicative and may vary over time.  Postholders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.

Closing date: Friday 13 October 2023

Interviews: Wednesday 18 October 2023

How to apply

Completed application form to be emailed to; harmes@bishops.dneat.org

References may be requested prior to interview and may be contacted on receipt of your application form.  Please contact us to discuss this further if you have any queries.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. Please contact the school office to book an appointment or speak with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

DNEAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments will be subject to full safeguarding checks as well as satisfactory references.

The Trust’s safeguarding policy can be found on our website.

This post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and you will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced DBS check with barred list. If you have information to declare it may be protected under the Exceptions Orders and you may not be required to declare it. You will be asked to make a criminal conviction declaration if you are shortlisted for the post.

Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.


The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.


DNEAT has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the DNEAT meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation. This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and maybe some evening and weekend work. This job description is not an exhaustive document. It reflects the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing needs of DNEAT.

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