North Wiltshire Special School (St. Nicholas site) Malmesbury Road, Chippenham SN15 1QF.


Permanent Full-Time Teacher MPR / UPR + 1 SEN Point


We are looking to appoint a suitably qualified skilled and experienced Classroom Teacher to join our highly committed team .


The newly formed North Wiltshire Special School on the St. Nicholas site caters for children with a wide range of disabilities. (SLD, PMLD, ASD. Age range 4-19 years). We currently have 72 pupils on roll and this number is due to rise to 81 in January 2021.


We are looking for someone who:

 Is able to ensure every pupil makes good progress  Has an excellent understanding of child development

 Is a good, or outstanding, reflective and resourceful practitioner, who is dedicated to making their practice the best it can be.

 Has knowledge and understanding of effective positive behaviour management strategies  Has the ability to think creatively to support pupils to overcome their barriers to learning

 Has experience in the Preparing for Adulthood Curriculum


We can offer you:

 A very thorough and diverse Special Educational Needs professional development package.

 The opportunity to develop your teaching skills in a community that is committed to improving outcomes for our young people.

 The opportunity to make a real difference in our school

 A friendly, supportive team of staff


Hours of work: Full time

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date (and time): Wednesday 25 th November 2020 at 12 noon.

Interview date: Wednesday 9 th December 2020

Commencement date: 19 th April 2021 or earlier by mutual agreement


Additional information:

If you are interested in this post an application pack can be downloaded from the school website at . Alternatively, please contact the Personnel Officer, Denise Horn, at the School on extension 204, email to request an application pack.

Candidates are welcome to contact the School to arrange a convenient appointment for a guided visit. This will be considered in line with the current Government guidance regarding social distancing.

Completed application forms to be submitted to Denise Horn by 12 noon on 25 th November 2020.


North Wiltshire Special School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.



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Dominic Wall

Medicines in Specialist Schools (MISS)

Hello friends. A colleague of mine, Dominic Wall, who is also part of our ‘Medicines in Specialist Schools’ (MISS) group produced this excellent presentation for the SSAT Conference this week. SSAT has kindly allowed us to share it with you.

The MISS group was formed in November 2019 to try to articulate the discrepancies in Health provision across England into our specialist provisions. It meets regularly with the DfE and Dept. for Health to voice our concerns around, initially, the postcode lottery for nursing provision. It is ultimately our intention to then focus on physiotherapy, OT and SALT provision.

A great deal of work has gone on behind the scenes and we are of the understanding that CCG’s are slowly re-examining their commissioning arrangements to fulfil their legal obligations to our children and young people.

This presentation, in particular, focuses on the needs of children and young people with more complex health care, including those with AGP’s. By the way, did you all clock the DfE’s latest guidance on this issue returning to the use of FFP2/3’s for interventions?

Your comments and feedback would be much appreciated. Many thanks to Dominic and the SSAT for sharing.

Click here to download the presentation

Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND).

This guidance advises local authorities to conduct risk assessments and makes suggestions and recommendations for how that might be done in collaboration with educational settings and parents. It has been put together with help from special educational needs and disability (SEND) sector organisations and outlines pragmatic approaches that local authorities, educational settings, and parents or carers may wish to take.

For Information – Worcestershire have already issued risk assessment forms to be completed and returned by the end of this week.

Special Needs Jungle website has some useful articles about the lockdown and children with SEND including:

  • How is the coronavirus lockdown affecting the mental health of children with SEND?
  • Coronavirus: Sensory resources for children with SEND
  • Why the Coronavirus lockdown adjustment for people with disabilities and mental health conditions was the right thing to do
  • Could remote hearings be the new normal at the SEND Tribunal?
  • Care in a time of coronavirus (ii): Using health direct payments to pay family members for care


Kim Taylor, Headteacher at Spring Common has produced a document that has been sent to all Birmingham Special Schools about PPE recommended use. To view this please click on the PDF image below.

 during the coronavirus outbreak
– 1st May

This guidance is about changes to newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


– Updated 30th April

Updated to include that some schools, further education providers and early years providers have contacted us asking us to publish the report of their recent inspection. We had said that we would publish those reports only when providers reopen as normal for all children/students. We are now writing to all providers with reports in the pipeline to ask whether they would like their report published as soon as possible. If they say yes, we will publish their report shortly.


Health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus
– 30th April

The DfE have released a notice to modify section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014. This modifies the duty on local authorities to secure SEN provision and on health commissioning bodies to arrange health provision in accordance with EHC plans, so that they can discharge this by using reasonable endeavours.

It includes an introduction of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. This temporarily amends four sets of Regulations that specify legal timescales applying to LAs, CCGs and others, mainly around processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans.

These changes will be in force from 1st May to 25th September 2020 and they will be kept under review.

For more detail visit Special Needs Jungle –

Although this guidance is lengthy and aimed at local authorities, school leaders may find it useful to read particularly if the school or families are not getting appropriate support.

– 30th April

The DfE have published a disapplication notice with regard to pupil registration. The main points are:

  • A person is not officially a pupil at a school merely because education is provided for them at the school on a temporary basis.
  • Pupils should not be registered as pupils at the school if they attend a hub school. They should return to their own school once it reopens
  • Children who attend school on a temporary basis will still be pupils for all purposes (safeguarding, behaviour etc.) other than registration.

This notice applies from 13st – 31 st May 2020.

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