Job Details


Salary: £25,000 - £30,000

Location: The Shires at Oakham, 3 Uppingham Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6JB

Hours: Monday – Friday, 08:30 – 17:30


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

We're looking for a Teacher to join our team at The Shires in Oakham, a special educational needs provision for 7 children aged 11-19. An exceptional educational practitioner with previous experience of working with children with learning disabilities.

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Acorn Care and Education. Now part of the NFA Group, the Education division is growing strongly, both organically and by acquisition and is one of the largest providers in the country for the provision of care and education with positive regulatory outcomes.


About the School

The Shires consists of four sites all within a 15 minute drive of one another. The Shires in Oakham is a Special Educational Needs (SEN) School and Children’s Residential home within the Acorn Care and Education and NFA Group.

The ethos of The Shires is very much characterised by a ‘can do’ attitude. Staff share the value of creating a home-from-home for children that reflects a family atmosphere, and cater for the children on an individual basis and ensure they are well-supported.


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.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for an applicant who is able to carry out the professional duties of a teacher ensuring that the young people at The Shires receive a high quality educational experience. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a single class across a range of subjects and must therefore be confident in doing so. Ideally they will have a subject specialism in which they could advise the rest of the school. The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of autism and be able to manage children with sometimes challenging behaviour.  Experience of working with B squared is desirable. 


Key Accountabilities:

  • Ensuring that the classroom and shared spaces within designated areas have attractive and high quality displays, which reflects the young people’s recent experience and achievements.
  • Maintaining discipline and promoting positive behaviour.
  • Developing agreed areas of responsibility.
  • Planning, delivery and assessment of the school curriculum.
  • Creating a safe and stimulating environment in which every young person is able to learn, and positive behaviour is promoted so young people are supported to develop self-maintenance of their own behaviour.


Why work for us

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • Pension
  • Free School meals on site
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path


This position is due to commence as soon as possible (subject to approved reference/DBS checks).

Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact 01780 411944 or email

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. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for