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Springwell Leeds Graduate Apprentice Teacher

Graduate Apprentice Teacher

Key Info

Duration of Post: Fixed term
Work Commitment: Full- time
Salary: £22,737 annually FTE
Published on: March 11, 2024
Closing Date: Monday, April 29, 2024 @ 9:00am,

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to access a salaried route into teaching with tuition fees covered?

Do you want a job where you make a difference to the lives of children and young people?

Do you want to be inspired on a daily basis by your work?

Are you a graduate considering a teaching degree, and who wants to learn more about SEMH?

Graduate Apprentice Teacher
Start Date – September 2024

This exciting two year programme is aimed to support new graduates or individuals keen to change careers, work towards QTS and become a SEMH Primary Specialist. This is a salaried route into teaching with tuition fees paid for from the apprenticeship levy. Positions are available at all three of our sites – North Leeds, Tinshill, South Leeds, Middleton, and East Leeds, Seacroft.

Salary, progression timescales and an outline of key areas of responsibility in each part of the two year programme are are as follows:

Year 1

Fixed term September-February Half Term: FTE £22,737 (Actual Salary £19,531)
You will receive training and develop your skills to understand how to support the SEMH needs of pupils at Springwell. This will mean you are able to work alongside a class team to meet the EHCP outcomes of individual children and develop knowledge, skills and understanding of requirements for effective support in a SEN, SEMH setting. A detailed description of this role can be found here.

Fixed term February Half Term-Summer: FTE £24,294 (Actual Salary £20,869)
If you successfully meet the criteria to move on to the next stage of the scheme, you will progress to a new role. This will focus on training you to understand the skills and knowledge required to be an effective classroom teacher in an SEMH setting. Working closely with a class teacher, you will support curriculum planning and may lead on small group teaching or academic interventions. This will prepare you for the ITT course in year 2. A detailed description of this role can be found here.

Year 2

Fixed term September-August: UQT3 £25,323
Springwell Leeds works closely with Exceed SCITT. If you meet the criteria set out in part 2 of the programme, you will be supported to complete an application to be a trainee primary teacher with Exceed from September 2024. This is a 1 year course that will lead to the award of QTS. Springwell Leeds will be your ‘home’ school and you will complete two other placements in mainstream settings. You will receive a salary whilst completing the course, and your tuition fees will be paid for from the apprenticeship levy. If you successfully complete the 2 year programme, you will be a fully qualified primary teacher. Further information about the ITT course can be found here.

The programme is organised over 2 years to build a strong foundation of excellent relational practice to support students with SEMH needs in the first year, followed by a one year ITT programme delivered by Exceed SCITT.

In this role, you will support the learning of students with SEMH and academic learning within the classroom as part of a team of 3 staff with up to 9 students. You will develop your knowledge and skills so you will be able toe for support and lead small groups and individuals with Maths, English, reading, practical activities, supporting pupils to develop resilience, social skills and self-esteem, and deploying effective strategies for supporting pupils with a range of behavioural conditions (ASD/ADHD/SEMH/ODD). You will support the teacher in the production of classroom and specialist resources, and so a good working knowledge of ICT is essential.

These posts are available at all our sites; North site in Tinshill, East site in Seacroft, and South Site in Middleton, which are part of an exciting £45 million investment in the city into SEMH provision.

About us

Part of Wellspring Academy Trust, Springwell Leeds is a multi-site, city-wide specialist provision for children with SEMH needs. This is an exciting opportunity for people looking for an inspiring and highly motivating environment to train and begin a career in teaching. The posts will suit candidates who have the commitment, passion and resilience to make a difference to pupils who have a range of social, emotional, mental health and special educational needs. This is a unique opportunity to build a strong foundation of expertise in relational practice and support for students with additional needs at the start of a teaching career.

Our unique position as an SEMH through-school means we are able to have a long-term and lasting impact on the children in our care. We aim to be the ‘forever school’ for children who come to us for their education. We are a trauma-informed school, and staff use this expert knowledge in their daily work. We believe in the power of unconditional positive regard and restorative practice and incorporate this in everything we do. These approaches work hand in hand with a nurturing curriculum to give our students secure foundations rooted in relationships. Working at Springwell offers challenge and reward in equal measures, as we work together to regulate students with varying levels of SEMH need, allowing them to access learning.

Our aim is to provide the best possible care and education that we can for children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Unconditional Positive Regard is at the centre of what we do and we are creating an academy that is welcoming, caring, safe, warm and believes that all its pupils can be supported and empowered to succeed. We take pride in creating individual and personalised pathways for our students that are built around their varied needs, which will help them achieve positive outcomes and prepare them for their onward destinations into continuing education, work or training. In order to achieve this, we have developed a curriculum that provides opportunities for academic progression as well as vocational learning, whilst being engaging, creative, and innovative.

We see strong relationships as the key to our success – with students, parents, carers and the wider community and we ensure that our academy is a welcoming safe place for children, and staff, to learn and prosper. We believe in working closely with our families and carers and welcome their support, but also realise that at times they will need our support too. We work closely with other agencies and schools to make sure we do all we can to make learning and life the best it possibly can be.

Here at Springwell, we place a huge emphasis on professional development and choose to invest significantly in staff training at all levels. This means that, although experience of working in an SEMH setting would be an advantage, specialist support and training will be provided for outstanding candidates wishing to make the career fulfilling move into special education.

To find out more about what makes us special and our ethos, please visit our website at and follow us at @Springwell_Lds to see what our staff and amazing young people get up to on a daily basis.

In the summer of 2019 we had our first OFSTED inspection and were given a ‘good’ grading in all categories.

If you would like to discuss or find out more about this post, please contact who will pass your email on to the correct site.

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The closing date for this post is: 9am on Monday 29th April.
We expect that interviews will take place the following week.

Wellspring Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. All posts are offered subject to enhanced DBS checks. References will be requested and an online search carried out for shortlisted candidates, prior to attendance at interview.

Further pre-employment checks, including prohibition from teaching, childcare disqualification and section 128 checks, if deemed relevant for the role, will be completed for the successful candidate upon acceptance of the post.

We are committed to equal opportunities and to promoting diversity. We want our people to reflect the diversity of our communities, and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from under-represented groups, including those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

If you are currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal records check from the country/ countries you have resided in, if you are the preferred candidate for the post.