Safeguarding Statement

Inspire Academy is committed to the safeguarding and protection of its pupils and expects all staff/volunteers to share this commitment.  An Enhanced DBS certificate, medical clearance and references will be required for all appointments.  We will also consider carrying out an online search on shortlisted candidates to identify any incidents or issues, related to suitability to work with children, that may need to be raised or clarified at interview (as part of the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' statutory requirements released in September 2022).  All shortlisted candidates are subject to the Academy's safer recruitment practices.


Teacher of SEMH Pupils - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Inspire Academy, Chatham

  • Ref:  KCC887-7000-53T
  • Posted:  22/03/2024
  • Pay:  MPS (+SEN allowance)
  • Start Date:  Immediate (or as soon as possible)
  • App Close Date:  30/04/2024 at 23:59
  • Interviews:  To be confirmed


Job Advert

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional and inspirational Teacher of pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.  A specialism in, or experience of, teaching Humanities would be desirable.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding SEMH provision, with our current pupil numbers being increased as of April 2023.  We will also be moving to a brand new, purpose-built academy in September 2025, which will increase our capacity even further, leading to good career progression opportunities for the right candidates.  If you are looking for a new challenge and would like to be part of a great team, then please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit, or ask any questions.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding classroom practitioner with a proven track record of success and the ability to achieve the best outcomes for all students.  We are particularly interested in candidates who share our commitment to improving the life chances of young people regardless of background.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to further their career as we are committed to fully supporting professional development and helping our colleagues achieve their career potential.

If you are an outstanding practitioner with a commitment to high standards and a passion for teaching, we would be delighted to hear from you and look forward to receiving an application.

Opportunities for further progression will be available across the MAT for enthusiastic and ambitious candidates.  This is a public-facing role, so fluency in English is required.

This post is a position for 1265 hours per annum / 195 days per year.

Visits to the Academy are welcomed.

Closing date:  Tuesday 30th April 2024 11:59pm

Interview date:  To be confirmed

Position start date:  Immediate / as soon as possible


Information about the Academy:

Inspire Academy is an SEMH Special School for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, and forms part of The Parallel Learning Multi-Academy Trust.

All the students at Inspire Academy have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan), with a primary need of SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health). Some exhibit very challenging behaviour and Mainstream schooling is not always the most appropriate setting for them. Sometimes their first encounter of school has been chaotic and certainly challenging, many have had a fragmented education and have fallen behind their peers academically. This often results in self-esteem issues and anti-social behaviour.

With small classes and amazing staff that truly understand SEMH we feel that once a student starts at Inspire they have every opportunity to turn their lives around. Every child has the right to achieve and we believe that every parent and carer has the right to expect that Inspire Academy will do its very best for their child. With this in mind we work closely with parents and carers and other agencies to help each student make positive choices and changes which will serve them better in their future.

A key feature that we try to adopt is teaching the students to take responsibility for their behaviour and consequences. We teach them to try and put things right when they go wrong, together with learning the values of tolerance and respect for themselves and others.

Information about the Trust:

Parallel Learning Trust is a Special and Alternative Provision Multi- Academy Trust.

The Trust is committed to transforming lives for all pupils. Currently, we have seven academies that offer alternative or special provision for those children with social, emotional or mental health needs, with clear plans for sustainable growth over the next 3 years.

The Parallel Learning Trust was founded in 2014 to support the conversion of Park Campus and Kennington Park.

The Members and Directors of the Trust have a wealth of experience, brought together by a passion for giving children the best start in life.

You can find out more about skills and attributes of the Members and Directors by going to the following page:


Job Contact Information

  • Name:  Senior HR & SLT Administrator
  • Address:  Silverbank, Churchill Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME5 0LB
  • Telephone:  01634 827372
  • Email:



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How to Apply

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Please note - we do not accept CV's.  Additionally, CV's submitted via an agency will also not be considered.

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