Job Details

Complex Needs Teacher

Salary:             Pay range from £23,212 Unqualified teacher & M1-6 Qualified, experience dependent

Location:             Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Hours:                 Teachers terms and conditions

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 Complex Needs Teacher to join our team at Underley Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale. 

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

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.

About the Role

Underley Garden seeks an enthusiastic teacher who can inspire children with complex learning needs whilst offering a range of function and vocational options to our students. 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 UG 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, plan and deliver 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 service to the children and young people in our care.

Essential Criteria

  • 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;
  • Resilience;
  • 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:

Closing date: Tuesday 26th May 2020

This position is to start September 2020

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.