Teacher (Maternity Cover)


Salary:             From £23,212 Unqualified Teacher & M1-6 (£23,720 – £35,008) Qualified

Location:          Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Hours:              Monday to Friday, term time only

Contract:          Fixed term, Maternity Cover


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We are looking for a class based teacher to join our team at Underley Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale for a maternity cover position. 


About the School:

The young people who attend Underley Garden all have an EHCP. Underley meets the needs of a range of SEN including; Autism, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health & Medical needs and related behavioural difficulties.


About the Group:

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.

Acorn Care and Education is part of the Outcomes First Group.


About the Role:

Underley Garden seeks an enthusiastic teacher who can inspire children with complex learning needs across all areas of the National Curriculum in KS1 and KS2. Our young people need engaging, creative, practical learning and so teaching staff need the ability to thrive in a flexible curriculum structure and fully utilise our facilities to offer personalised programmes.

Teaching staff at Underley Garden are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate young people through lessons that promote learning as well as develop independence and life skills.

Working as a teacher at Underley Garden, you will teach a range of subjects, planning and delivering the curriculum in accordance with the individual needs of our young people to promote personal development, their well-being and above all, offering a range of opportunities to support their social and communication skills. You will set specific targets for young people, work alongside other teachers to ensure curriculum coverage and create a stimulating learning environment. It is essential you are aware of the young people’s progress and are able to address or flag potential concerns. Safeguarding the welfare of the young people in our care will be your primary responsibility.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for full details regarding this position.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for people with the belief that they can make positive changes.

You will be a responsible, friendly, and an organised person who has a passion for caring and providing an excellent speech and language service to the children and young people in our care.


Essential Criteria

  • QTS or other equivalent teaching qualification
  • A deeply held conviction that every child can achieve and reach their potential;
  • The belief that all children deserve a life of choice and opportunity;
  • Ability to be adaptable in a fast-paced extremely environment;
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all children;
  • Excellent classroom practitioner;
  • Excellent team player;
  • Ability to work successfully with young people with challenging behaviour;
  • High expectations of others;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Willing to undertake training.


Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals whilst on shift
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Gym membership
  • School campsite
  • Employee Rewards Hub

Applications are invited online through our Underley Garden website: www.underleygarden.co.uk

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 2nd March 2020. Interviews will be held week beginning 9th March (day TBC)

Start date for the role is: Monday 20th April 2020 (until 19th April 2021)

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact Marie Lawson, Office Manager on 015242 71569.

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.