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Here we share articles and insight relating to learning differences, interventions and specialist support for parents, carers and those working with neurodiverse children and young people.

  • Character
    In addition to supporting students to thrive academically, we enable our students to flourish on a personal level. Understanding values such as morality, respect, leadership, perseverance, and empathy will help them succeed in the adult world. Other important life skills we embed include the ability to make informed decisions, teamworking and knowing the difference between right and wrong.
  • Competence
    Our activities aim to develop proficiency socially, academically and emotionally. We define competence as having the tools to master different situations and scenarios, for example managing one’s emotions, knowing a topic inside-out, or being able to communicate feelings effectively.
  • Confidence
    Empowering students with confidence in their own abilities and worth is a crucial driver of the Cavendish curriculum. Our confidence model covers four elements: communication, independence, responsibility, self-awareness.
  • Creativity
    Recognising and nurturing our students’ innate creativity is a vital part of our approach. Building creative skills feature strongly in the curriculum, for example by supporting students to broaden their thinking so they recognise more than one solution to a given challenge. Another desirable outcome is the ability to capture and break down a broad creative concept into manageable blocks to help our students realise their creative visions.
  • Learning outside the classroom
    Students who may struggle in a traditional classroom setting often thrive in an outdoor environment. Experiencing success helps them realise what they can achieve when they challenge themselves. Learning outside the classroom inspires young minds and takes many forms, for example studying academic subjects on the farm or at forest school. Our adventure and residential trips are designed to build confidence while away from home; they also encourage teamwork, resilience and problem solving. Sport and physical activity as education complements the mental health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in outdoors.
  • Therapeutic and specialist support
    Our academic, co-curricular and pastoral provision is complemented by a fully integrated programme of therapeutic and specialist support. This includes access to subject specialists, therapists, counsellors, and support workers. Our small classes guarantee high levels of personal attention from specially trained and empathetic teaching and support staff. We focus on each student’s areas of strength and interest, and tailor their learning accordingly. Sophisticated assistive technologies are available to help students achieve their best work.
  • Preparation for life
    We work closely with our students to help them understand and appreciate their unique learning profiles. This empowers each student to embrace, celebrate and value the attributes that make them unique. Through carefully crafted PSHE programmes, we bring important topics to life and call upon expert speakers to share insights. We focus on achieving independence as adults and offer students access to varied and bespoke life skills input. This might include travelling safely, handling money, cooking, personal care, and social skills. We also have opportunities for work placements that are meaningful, relevant, and sustained. ​
  • Educational outcomes and wellbeing
    Our schools and colleges offer access to a wide range of subject choices and qualification levels, carefully chosen to align with each student’s strengths. This approach allows every student to progress and achieve, regardless of their starting point with us. The transformation of our students takes place on a foundation of outstanding empathy and support, plus the rebuilding of self-confidence and the celebration of individual achievements, large and small. The focus is not solely on academic results, we want our students to prepare for life beyond our doors. For this reason, we also offer support in areas such as fitness, health, nutrition, resilience, and mental wellbeing.
  • Marketing Administrator
    Location: Gretton School Hours: Full Time, Permanent. Salary: £30,000 - £33,000 Closing date: 26 Jan 2024 ​ Description: We are seeking to appoint a Marketing Administrator to join our team as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be responsible for all marketing activities within school, including website management, school advertising, school open days, social media content and delivery, newsletters (internal and external) and marketing materials, including articles and news content. Please note that this role is to work across two schools within the Newcome Schools Group, but be based at Gretton School in Cambridgeshire. Main duties Creating and disseminating external communications, including writing copy as well as coordinating and proof-reading content from other staff Creating and disseminating internal communications (eg. parents, school and group wide) Creating and monitoring the schools’ communication plan Branding (complying with the Newcome Education brand guidelines to ensure the correct use of logos/fonts/colours on all marketing materials, displays, signage, etc) Plan and create content for the schools’ social media accounts, taking into considering national/international themed weeks/schools events in line with the schools’ aims and objectives Creating and posting regular, relevant and interesting posts that encourage two way interaction with key audiences Organise giveaways, staff clothing, branded items etc Organising school events (open days, professionals events, overseeing the look and feel of the presentation of the school, being the ‘eyes and ears’ of branding/marketing) Lead on Gretton and Wilds Lodge Schools weekly newsletter, which includes creating templates and content and taking photos, coordinating and proofreading content and photos from others, distribution, monitoring uptake/readership, making recommendations for future format and content changes Website - creation, maintenance and proofreading of content, to ensure it is up to date, compliant and dynamic Monitoring website performance using google analytics, and making design and usage recommendations to ensure high visibility Maintaining the school prospectus, reviewing and creating content and coordinating professional photographers as required Maintain list of external stakeholders and ensure regular communication Seeking out ways for school promotion, such as awards and press releases; making recommendations to SLT, producing copy, collating and proofreading content from others Understanding the landscape of SEND education comparing what other schools are doing, looking for new and innovative ways to promote the school and our message Finding opportunities for expert voice opportunities for staff (written or speaking) (or responding to requests from Cavendish Education for such) Ability to take photos for newsletter and around school for social media use (not prospectus or website) Develop and maintain a strand of marketing and communication specifically relating to commissioning professionals in Local Authorities who commission spaces within the schools Support the development and maintenance of marketing and targeted campaigns to Local Authorities who have either lapsed in their use of the schools, or with whom new relationships require development Creatively support the schools in wider communication with stakeholders, but in particular parents, who may never be able to come to the school site, making them feel involved, heard and seen.
  • Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT)
    Contract:Part Time - 2 days a week, Permanent Location: The Holmewood School Salary: £14,034.80 - £19,135.20 depending on experience. (FTE £35,087 - £47,838) Closing date: 31st January 2024 Description: We are recruiting an Occupational Therapist, to join our multidisciplinary team (MDT) on a part time basis. We see the requirements of the role as being similar to that seen in the NHS at a band 6 or 7 level and the successful candidate will join an established MDT of OTs, Speech and Language Therapists and Psychotherapists. The role includes provision of supervision to OT and OT Assistant colleagues. You will work closely with the OT team, overseen by the MDT Lead Therapist. The post holder will conduct assessments, and provide and oversee tailored interventions to our students who are aged seven to 19. ​ The successful candidate will only be required to work 40 weeks per year. ​ The post holder will also work closely with education colleagues and the SLT to provide appropriate OT input and training, as well as contribute to our holistic approach to mental and physical wellbeing within the school. ​ The successful candidate will work with our neurodivergent young people who present with sensory, mental health and special educational needs associated with their diagnosis of autism. Many of our students have additional diagnoses of ADHD, dyslexia and DCD. A flexible approach, a sense of humour, reliability, punctuality, stamina, resilience and the ability to work under pressure are essential. ​ We can offer you the benefits of working to a school calendar with a 40 week year and an excellent professional development package. We are part of the Cavendish Education Group, a unique group of educational independent day and boarding schools. We work closely with the other schools in our group, have extensive community links and believe in ‘thinking differently’ and being as creative as possible in our approach. ​ As a school, we are committed to supporting every staff member’s personal and professional development. We can offer specialist training and support as required, tailored towards the candidate’s interests. Essential criteria: ​ HCPC Registration Degree in OT Evidence of CPD in relevant areas of practice
  • Occupational Therapist
    Contract: Full Time, Fixed Term Location: Burlington House School Salary: Competitive Closing date: 23 February 2024 Description: Burlington House School (formerly known as The Moat School) is a successful Independent Secondary and Sixth Form School for children with Dyslexia and associated SpLDs. A brand new Prep Day School opened in September 2022, creating a unique continuity of specialist provision across four key stages and three sites. A vacancy exists for an Occupational Therapist to join our multidisciplinary team for a full-time permanent term position. You will be joining a therapy team of 3 other Occupational Therapists, 4 Speech and Language Therapists, 3 counsellors and a Multi-Therapy assistant that works across three sites. The Burlington House school is an Independent School for pupils aged 7-19 that is mainstream in structure and specialist in nature. We work across three sites, our Prep Site has 54 pupils, Senior site has 58 pupils and our 6th Form has 76 pupils. The Burlington House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. You will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check. We are willing to accept applications from professionals requiring skilled worker visa sponsorship Please apply with a brief cover letter and the completed application form. Your letter should briefly outline any relevant experience, skills and qualities.
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
    Location: Gretton School Hours: Full time (8am-4pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8-5pm Tuesdays) term time only. Permanent. Salary: £22,401 actual starting salary (depending on experience) ​ Description: We are looking for exceptional people to work with our exceptional students. We are recruiting a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to start as soon as possible. The successful candidate will have the ability to support teaching across the secondary age range and to work with the class teacher to complete annual review paperwork and reports. What you'll need to succeed HLTA Qualification (or willingness to complete) GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in both Maths and English Knowledge, understanding and experience of Autism as well as a broad knowledge of strategies used for teaching students with ASC Ability to remain calm under pressure and be able to adapt to change quickly We are seeking people who thrive on working in a challenging but immensely rewarding environment, who are passionate about supporting the development of social, life and independence skills and who truly want to make a difference in the lives of young people. What you'll get in return Gretton is a friendly school where staff are supportive of each other inside and outside of the classroom and there is an opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of our students and their families. Gretton has a person-centred focus, providing each child with a personalised education and care programme tailored to help meet their unique needs. At Gretton, our staff are like family, so don’t delay and apply today to join the Gretton family. We reserve the right to close vacancies early if we have sufficient suitable applications. Therefore we encourage interested applicants to submit an application as soon as possible.
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  • Supporting your child
    How to get help for your child if you suspect they may have learning differences What is an EHCP and how do I obtain one? Homework; when it’s beneficial and when it’s a battle (Don’t) sit still! The importance of movement breaks for academic achievement Exam Access Arrangements and who gets them?
  • Specific Learning Difficulties - including dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD
    Dyscalculia; what is it and how best to support at home and at school? What is dyslexia and what are the signs? Dyslexic Superpower; how dyslexic thinking shaped Cavendish Education ADHD; living and thriving with ADHD Handwriting Vs. Touch typing- is one better than the other? Exam Access Arrangements and who gets them?
  • Preparation for the future - success beyond our doors
    Work experience, but not as you know it; the meaningful impact of sustained work experience Educating employers to embrace neurodiversity News story - prestigious appointment for former student
  • Therapy and Therapeutic interventions
    Anxiety - Recognising the signs and providing help Mental wellness - the importance of school to a child’s mental health
  • Autism
    How social stories can help with understanding nuanced communication Why travel training is essential to developing life and independence skills Festivals, celebrations and events; how to prepare for changes of routine How can I support my autistic child during special events and holiday celebrations? The festive season - a stressful time? Practical tips for parents to help prepare your autistic child
  • Enrichment and the importance of a well rounded curriculum
    Participation, inclusivity, enjoyment and success; the importance of sport for all The Arts; how an arts education allows SEN students to grow Music - the power of performance Outdoor Education - the powerful benefits of success away from the classroom Embracing technology to encourage collaboration and innovation Outdoor Learning - A day in the life…
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