Job Details


Teacher of Post-16 (including Vocational Education)

Salary:             Dependent on experience

Location:          Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Hours:              40 hours per week


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 Teacher of Post 16 to join our team at Underley Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale. 


About the School

The young people who attend Underley Garden all have an EHCP/statement of special educational needs. 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

You will be delivering inclusive, responsive and innovative teaching and learning within the curriculum area of Vocational options.  You will constantly strive to produce outstanding/good teaching and learning at all times to ensure that all learners succeed. Under the reasonable direction of the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team, carry out the professional duties of a school teacher as set out in the current School policies. 


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


Who we are looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher who can inspire children with complex learning needs to offer and deliver a range of vocational options to our Post-16 students. This also includes delivering lessons on areas to prepare our young people for adulthood including their life skills, sport and leisure activities along with work experience opportunities.

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

You will be a responsible, friendly and thoughtful individual who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives.


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;
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all children;
  • Excellent classroom practitioner;
  • Excellent team player;
  • Ability to work successfully with pupils with challenging behaviour;
  • 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:

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.