Job Details


JOB TITLE:  Vocational Instructor    

SALARY:  £21,000 to £25,000, dependent on experience (13 weeks holiday inc.)

LOCATION:  Westbourne School, Sutton in Ashfield        

HOURS:  37.5 (8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon – Fri, term-time only)

CLOSING DATE: Monday 23rd September 2019                     

INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 26th September 2019


About the School

We are looking for an inspiring and innovative Instructor to help create and develop a first class vocational provision at our brand new specialist school for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and ASD. As an instructor, this is an exciting opportunity to shape a new school and really put your mark on helping us to become the best vocational provision in the region.

Located in an imposing Victorian building, you will have access to a construction workshop and double garage already fitted with:

  • roller shutter doors
  • Design & Technology work benches
  • 4 post pillar lift
  • motorbike ramp
  • engine stand

Building on from this foundation of resources, you will be tasked with developing the school’s vocational provision by creating a practically based curriculum and overseeing budgets to continually develop the spaces and resources.

This is your chance to join a high-achieving team at Acorn Care and Education, part of the NFA Group, where 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.

Our vision is to help 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 focus on caring and learning.


About the role

Westbourne School caters for children aged 11-18 and aims to achieve an occupancy of 49 pupils.  You will be responsible for planning and delivering of vocational courses linked to specifications achieving positive outcomes. Differentiation and individualised learning strategies are vital skills required to meet the needs of all our pupils who will have had varying degrees of success in their educational lives.

Staff at Westbourne are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils.  You will be confident in directing and utilising support staff within the workshops, in order to create a fun and effective learning environment for our pupils.

The ideal candidate will successfully set a vision and targets for pupil success and be confident in using their knowledge and expertise to monitor progress, give regular feedback and encourage our young people to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study.

In support of this, we are committed to aiding your continuous professional development and where possible, will aim to support your professional targets and aspirations through internal and external development courses.


Who are we looking for?

Just as important as academic and vocational achievement is the social and emotional development of our pupils. As we want our pupils to be successful citizens and positively contribute to their local communities, it will therefore be imperative to provide opportunities to advance these skills. Along with this, the use of personalised curriculums and positive reinforcement will underpin your everyday practice. The successful candidate will be versatile in their teaching approach and be willing to deliver a variety of courses and be confident in delivering accredited courses.

This can be a challenging environment and therefore, determination and resiliency are key characteristics for the post. We are seeking an experienced practitioner with an understanding of SEMH and ASD, allowing the successful candidate to immediately form positive relationships and adapt to the needs of the pupils. However, we invest in staff development and want staff who endeavour to achieve more.

If you are passionate about working in a rewarding sector and have the energy, drive and desire to motivate our pupils, ensuring they achieve the best possible outcomes, then we welcome your application.


This position will commence January 2020 or as soon as possible (subject to approved references/DBS checks). 

Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website if you have any further queries regarding how to apply please email

Closing date: Monday 23rd September 2019

Interview date: Thursday 26th September 2019

Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Successful applicants to appropriate roles will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.