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Why do we have a Privacy Policy?

It is really important to us that we keep any personal information that you give to us safe and secure and whilst we realise that it is not the most interesting of subjects, we would encourage you to read our Privacy Policy as it gives you important information about your personal information and your rights.

Our website provides a platform that can be used by job seekers to find jobs and for employers to advertise vacancies and look for suitable candidates. You can set up your own account and have complete control of the personal information that you give us and what we do with it.

We will always be open with you and so we have written this policy to tell you:

  • What personal information you can give us
  • How we may use your personal information (if you agree)
  • Who we work with to provide your account and our website
  • Where we keep your personal information
  • How long we keep your personal information
  • How we keep your personal information safe
  • Your choices and rights

This website is owned and operated by Niche Jobs Limited. When you have any comments or queries about this website please contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk and a HUMAN will reply.

We last updated this Privacy Policy on 13.04.18.

Personal Information you give to us

Setting up an account or using our website

You may provide us with the following information about yourself:

  • your name and address
  • your contact details including email address and telephone number
  • other information to allow us to provide the services you have requested
  • your CV/details relating to your qualifications and experience
  • what sector you are interested in
  • what jobs you are applying for and have applied for previously

Other times you can give us personal information

You can give us information when you:

  • Set up an account on our website
  • Apply for a position that we are advertising on behalf of an employer
  • Submit a CV to our website
  • Sign up for our newsletter (blog notifications)
  • Sign up for a job alert email
  • Save a job
  • Comment on a blog
  • Contact us via email or by telephone for any reason

Cookies

Cookies are text files that sites store on users' computers. They make sites easier to use. They don't do anything to your own computer (they can't run software or send viruses).

As said, our cookies are used to improve your experience of our site.

We don't follow or track your own personal movements on the site. It provides us with information that isn't personally identifiable. And it also allows us to make your experience of the site better. For instance, when you hit Apply and have to register, you might want to land back on the page you started on.

Remember that you may be able to set your cookie preferences via your browser. But be aware that many sites may not work properly, or as easily, once you do this.

To find out more read our Cookies Policy.

How we may use your Personal Information

With your agreement, we may use your personal information:

  • to process your request to be added to our CV database
  • to pass on to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • to pass on to employers looking for candidates like you where you have given us permission to do so
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this
  • to fulfil any contracts you have entered into with us
  • to tailor the services that we offer to you with your needs and interests
  • comply with our legal obligations
  • to tell you about changes to our services or website
  • to help us develop our website to make it better for all users
  • to get your feedback on our website and services
  • to administer our website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis, research)
  • to keep our website safe and secure

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances. We have listed these below and what information they allow us to process.

1. With your consent

With your agreement we may:

  • set up an account on our website
  • process your request to be added to our CV database
  • provide your details to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • provide your details to employers looking for candidates like you
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this

2. When we have a contract with you

We may use your information to comply with a contract that we have entered into with you:

  • to provide the services you have requested
  • to administer and provide the website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis & research)
  • to tell you about changes to our website or our services
  • to help us (or our software developers) improve the website

3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests

We may provide you with marketing information about our own products and services similar to those that you have purchased or enquired about (unless you tell us to stop).

4. To comply with a legal obligation

We do this when we have to comply with legislation such as tax laws.

Our Marketing

We may provide you with information about products, services, special offers, and other news where we feel these may interest you.

Depending on what contact information you have given to us, we may contact you by email or post. We will only do this where you have consented to receiving such information from us.

You can opt out of such marketing at any time and If you wish to do so, please email us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk.

Working with other organisations

Employers and Recruitment Agencies

With your consent we will make available your 'CV Profile' with hiring employers and recruitment agencies. If you want to see the current list of employers and recruitment agencies, please see here.

When you submit your information you are given a choice as to whether you want your details to be visible to companies advertising on our website, our options are:

  • By selecting hiring organisations to contact you we will allow employers and recruitment agencies to view your CV Profile if they are looking for candidates for positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in.
  • By selecting to 'Hide' this option your information will only be visible to the company whose job you have applied for and yourself and the staff of Niche Jobs Ltd for administrative purposes.

We are not a recruitment agency and we provide our website and services to you free of charge to allow a simple and easy way to access your future job. As such we do not have any control over how an employer or recruitment agency deals with your information once they have downloaded it from our database and they make their own decisions as to what to do with your personal information. We do ensure that any organisation who accesses your information has signed up to terms and conditions requiring that they deal with your information safely and securely and that they comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent UK legislation.

If you have indicated to us that you wish to apply for jobs overseas, then we may provide your information to organisations who are not subject to the same data protection legislation that we have in force in the UK. In these cases, we only deal with organisations who have agreed to deal with your information in line with GDPR and UK legislation.

Other third parties

In order to provide your account and our website we may have to allow our trusted partners to have access to your personal information. These organisations include:

  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Our website developers who need to see your information in order to keep our website up and running

We work with the following organisations:

What laws we may have to comply with

We may have to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

Third Party Privacy Policies

Our site may contain links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Where we keep your Personal Information

Storage of Personal Information

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party located in the EEA.

All third parties who provide services or software to us are required to sign a contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Retention of information

We will store your CV Profile (name, email, employment history etc) for as long as you wish us to.

At any time you can login to add to it, edit it or remove it completely.

After a year of first registering a process will start to regularly remind you that you are storing your file with us.

As soon as there has been a period of 12 months since you last logged in we will:

  • a. automatically 'Hide' your CV Profile (even if you originally consented to it)
  • b. email you*
  • c. make it clear how you can add to your CV Profile (to add new qualifications, update your recent employment records etc), edit your details or remove everything completely
  • * if your email no longer receives we'll delete your records since you won't be able to log in to do it yourself or receive our notices that it needs updating

Plus, we will email you 6 months after you last logged in to remind you to hide your CV Profile if it is still visible.

And we will stay in touch to remind you that you are using the site to store your CV Profile for future easy use throughout your entire career.

If we do not have hear from you (if you do not login), we will delete your account after 5 years.

Emails

If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to your information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at [Data queries Email] or write to us at the address above

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information. You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

You can also login to see all the information you have given us about your career profile to do the above yourself, at any time.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal information is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called "data portability"(. Please contact us at [Data queries Email\ with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.

Complaints

If you make a request to us under this Privacy Policy and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Managing Director who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. They can be contacted as follows:

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Telephone: 03031231113

Address:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We review our Privacy Policy on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy which can be sent to jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

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Q+A with a special needs teacher

Q+A with a special needs teacher

We talk to a special needs teacher in a challenging school working with children with behavioural problems. Sarah Kean-Price poses the questions and learns that education “needs to shift away from academia and towards building questioning, empowered, creative individuals”

1. Tell me about your job. What are you employed to do?

My job title is ‘Assistant Curriculum leader for inclusion’. I’m basically a special needs teacher with some responsibility for overseeing the provision that some of our special needs pupils receive in the classroom.

I work in a challenging school, so the number of pupils with Special needs (SEN)is far higher than the national average. Rather than something specific such as autism, most of our kids have social, emotional, academic and behavioural problems stemming from a turbulent, unstable and often-abusive home life.

I tailor the curriculum to the needs of these pupils. This means making it accessible to lower ability students, but also teaching in a way that pupils with behavioural and emotional issues can access. My classes are very small with no more than 12 pupils, which allows me to cater for their individual needs.

As well as my role in the classroom, I run a number of small ‘intervention’ sessions. These range from focussed academic sessions with school refusers or infrequent attenders to ‘emotional literacy’ sessions with pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (known as BESD). Quite often these pupils will be at risk of exclusion. With 2-3 pupils, we’ll focus on a range of topics such as handling and resolving conflict, emotional literacy, self-esteem and respect.

As part of my ‘leadership’ role, it is my job to check that provision for these pupils is good in all their classes. I suggest strategies and support where needed – although I’m not the boss of anyone!

I’m also an NUT union rep, which is a job in itself, and very rewarding, but I won’t talk about that here!



2. Describe a typical day.

Really, in teaching, there is no typical day, but –

I arrive at school around 8am, which gives me time to check my emails and get myself set up for lesson 1. Depending on what day it is, I will have either a staff meeting or corridor duty before lessons. My current corridor duty is greeting pupils at the gates, which means I get rained on and frozen every Wednesday morning! Our school day is split into 4 lessons, each lasting an hour twenty. On average, I will teach 2-3 lessons, a tutor lesson and one intervention session. Most days, I get a planning slot (PPA) to allow me to get some lessons planned etc.

Depending on the day, there may be staff training, or department meetings after school. These generally last and hour or so. After school, I’ll plan lessons, mark books and catch up on paperwork. Depending on how things are going, I’ll leave work at any time between 4.30 and 6.30. Over a week, it probably averages out to a 5.30 finish.

Every day is totally different which is one of the best things about teaching. Although we follow a structure, you’re always thinking about how to make things more fun, accessible and challenging for the kids which, whilst difficult and time consuming, is so worth it when you see a kid make progress, grasp a concept, or even just enjoy themselves while learning!



3. Did you always want to work in education? How did you end up following this career?

I’d always had it in the back of my head that education was a route I wanted to take. I actually came to education after spending a number of years rotating between the dole and short term employment on production lines, bin rounds etc.

I didn’t have a great time in education. My grades were good enough, but I always kicked back against what I saw as pointless rules, and teachers with the power to behave unfairly without having to justify themselves.

I still believe many school rules are pointless, and still believe that many teachers see themselves as ‘above’ the pupils. I wanted to get into education to challenge a lot of the unfairness I saw first-hand when I was a pupil. I’m passionate about equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they need to become empowered, valued and useful members of the school and wider community.

I actually think that an understanding of maths, of commas and full stops is pointless if you’ve not been taught how to make responsible decisions in your life, critically question your surroundings or know how to play an active part in building, shaping and improving your local and wider community. Everything I do is aimed at empowering the kids I teach.

In terms of how I got into teaching, I followed a pretty standard path of college, uni, then – after a couple of years working – a PGCE course at the University of Bristol.

4. Your work centres around challenging behaviour - can you tell us a bit more about what you are trying to do with your students?

I think a lot of that is covered in the question above. Leaving aside the challenging home circumstances of many of my pupils, I get the reason that their behaviour is challenging. School, and work do involve a lot of relatively pointless rules (tie done up, shirt tucked in, sit up straight etc). Many of my pupils are just expressing dissatisfaction and a lack of understanding of how to appropriately challenge or interact with those rules.

Basically, my goal is to take kids who ‘kick off’ at perceived injustice in a really negative, sometimes violent way and encourage them to find positive, creative and useful ways to express themselves – not just their frustration, but also their creativity, ideas, fears and hopes.

Too often, the type of kids I work with will go on to be ‘anti-social’ adults – because for them, society has only ever been a negative thing that has shunned them, arrested them etc. Challenging pupils to really understand, question and try to change the world around them – and giving them the belief that they are valued and useful members of society - is, for me, way more important than the academic side of my job.

My professional life is driven by the quote ‘education can either be a force for liberation or oppression’. In a nutshell, I do my best to make sure that education is a tool to help young people feel empowered, confident and creative.

5. Is there any information that you've found invaluable in doing this kind of work?

I’m always learning more about how to present information in a way that kids will find easier to understand or more enjoyable. In terms of working with my pupils, I’ve learned never to give an instruction or rule that doesn’t have a sound reason behind it, to always explain the reasons behind any instruction and to never ask the kids to do anything I would be unwilling to do.

Pupils are fine with rules that make sense, but too often, we don’t give them the opportunity to make sense of them- they’re just orders to be obeyed. Making sure that you and the kids have a shared understanding and agreement of the ‘point’ of what you are doing is so important.



6. What's the best thing about your line of work? What makes you keep coming back?

So many examples! I work with kids who routinely assault others, are involved in drug and weapon crime, who self-harm and have no respect for their own minds or bodies, or sense of self-worth. Breaking through those barriers and allowing these kids to start building a positive life for themselves – and even just allowing them to be kids – is such a rewarding experience. I work with the kids who are expected to be the next generation of criminals and ‘drop outs’, so when one of them manages to turn that around, it’s so much more rewarding than seeing a pupil go from a B to an A grade!

When these children are in class, it is sometimes the only place they get to interact appropriately and safely with peers and adults. Creating a safe, structured and positive environment where pupils can express themselves as children and individuals without fear and where I can have a shot at making a real difference is what I love about my job, and what keeps me coming back every day.



7. Do you think further training or study would help you further? Is there anything you wish you'd learnt before you started this work?

I think the nature of my job means that I’m learning all the time. If you ever get to a point where you think you’ve learned ‘enough’, or that you can’t learn from those around you, you’re an idiot!

Nothing can fully prepare you for teaching and getting better at it can only be achieved through getting into a classroom and building up your skills as you go along. My PGCE course was helpful in teaching me some of the theory underpinning effective teaching. Study and reflection are always useful things, but in teaching, I think your work is also your training, provided you are willing to take on board the lessons that your own experiences teach you.



8. What would you say to someone considering a career in this area?

Do it! It’s really hard work, but it’s a daily rush! What could feel more rewarding than getting in there and having a positive impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in society? It doesn’t go right all the time, and there’s a lot of heartbreak involved, but when it does go right, you know that you’ve done something great for someone – possibly altered the course of someone’s life, or at least given a scared, vulnerable young person a chance and a break from a tough life.

There’s a lot of crap that goes along with teaching (as in any job), but the buzz of helping to shape, build and empower young people is worth it!



9. What would you tell your younger self as an NQT?

a. Stop bossing those kids around! They don’t respect you for it, they don’t understand why you’re doing it, and even if you do succeed in bullying them into behaving in this class, you’re not addressing any of the issues that made them ‘misbehave’ in the first place.

b. Calm down - It gets easier!


10. What do you hope the future holds for educators working with challenging behaviour?

I think there needs to be a dramatic change in focus when dealing with these kids. We push university like it’s the holy grail, and actually, it’s not for all of us. The education system makes a lot of kids – especially those I work with – feel like failures before they’ve even started their adult life.

The focus of education needs to shift away from academia and towards building questioning, empowered, creative individuals who want to interact with and change the world around them. If I can help create young people like that, I don’t care what job they end up doing. We also need to work on self-esteem and confidence and stop writing off these kids’ thoughts and feelings as ‘naughty’ or ‘wrong’. Fundamentally, I think we need to move towards a model of education that respects, values and affords a genuine voice to all young people.

In the very short term, there needs to be a greater emphasis on community involvement and therapeutic and reflective work with pupils, allowing them to understand, cope with and question their own attitudes, behaviours and values.

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