PROUD of The Hatton Way; Learning, Growing, Achieving Together

Mini School Leader Vacancy

Mini-School Leader (team leader /phase leader)

(Starting date: 1st September 2020)


Are you a SEN teacher or already a middle leader in search of a school where you can really make a difference?  Would you like to make a real transformation to the life chances of young people with Special Educational Needs? Are you seeking varied and interesting work in a friendly and supportive special school, where you could develop your leadership skills? Would you welcome the challenge of career development and training?

Hatton is a large primary special school in the London Borough of Redbridge (outer London).  Our pupils are aged 3-11 with a range of complex needs including autism, social communication difficulties, downs syndrome and other learning difficulties.  The School was graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in November 2018. Our pupils are amazing and work very hard to achieve small and big steps of progress over time. They are supported by a dedicated staff team and we stand by our ethos of “Learning, Growing & Achieving Together”; we value teamwork and support one another to develop.  Although our staff are amazing and have developed some fantastic practices in working with our pupils, we do not sit back. We are continually striving to further develop the learning opportunities we provide for our pupils.

Currently we are seeking to recruit a mini-school leader.  Applications are invited from enthusiastic, passionate SEN teachers looking for promotion to a middle leadership role or SEN middle leaders who have a genuine interest in working to support pupils with special educational needs to achieve the very best outcomes.

Hatton School is a very large special needs school with 26 classes and as such we have divided the school up into smaller mini-schools.  The Mini-School Leader position will require the successful candidate to lead and support one of our three mini-schools in the school working with and reporting back to the Mini-School Head.  Each mini-school consists of a large team of teachers, Learning Support Assistants and a large group of children.   The Mini-School Leader also has their own class, teaching pupils across a broad spectrum of SEN, including pupils with ASD and challenging behaviour. Specific experience of working with primary aged pupils with additional needs is essential.

Hatton staff have access to:

  • A carefully selected ‘Peer-buddy’ to support them when starting with us
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development
  • A well-resourced school
  • Supportive and enthusiastic colleagues and governors
  • Staff social events
  • Well-being support

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This includes the need to become familiar with school policies immediately upon appointment and to follow the school’s procedures in relation to safeguarding. 

This post is considered to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The school therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the person specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages. The school is committed to equality and diversity in employment practice and service delivery.

Offers of employment are subject to an enhanced DBS Certificate and other employment checks. References will be requested for those short listed ONLY and prior to interview. 

Visits to the school are encouraged.  Please phone 020 8551 4131 to arrange an appointment.  

Application forms should be returned to: CVs are not accepted.

* Please ensure that you attach a detailed supporting statement, which clearly indicates how you

   meet the person specification.*


Closing date: 30th March 2020 at 08h30am                                                 

Interviews: 5th May 2020


 Click here for:   Application form

                         Letter from Headteacher

                         Person Specifications

                         Job Description

     Key Expectations of all members of SMT