Outdoor Learning Instructor

Job title:              Outdoor Learning Instructor

Salary:                 Up to £20,000 per annum

Location:             Bramfield House School, Halesworth, Suffolk

Hours:                 23 hours per week; 3 days per week

Contract:             Permanent; Part-Time

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 now have a fantastic opportunity for an unqualified teacher/ instructor to join our close-knit land based studies team at Bramfield House School in Suffolk, working from a newly developed purpose outdoor classroom, with IT facilities, plus poly tunnel and raised bed area.

About the School

Located in rural Suffolk, Bramfield House School is an independent residential special educational needs school for boys aged 7 – 16 years who have social, emotional, mental health, communication difficulties and associated challenging behaviours.

The School has a committed and innovative multidisciplinary team, extensive site and excellent facilities to support both learning and extra-curricular activities; we are in a great position to provide our pupils with the best education and care possible. We need highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals who want to make a real difference.

Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life. We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students, so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.

About the Group

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

Acorn Education and Care 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

The Instructor will predominantly be based in Key Stage 3 and 4 and will successfully set a vision and targets for pupil success.  Working from a newly developed outdoor classroom, with IT facilities plus raised bed area and brand-new poly tunnel. They will be confident in using their knowledge and expertise to monitor progress, give regular feedback and encouraging our young people to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study.

As an Instructor/Teacher you will seek ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils through lessons that promote learning and raise levels of attainment.

Class sizes up to 8 pupils with a full time Teaching Assistant. The Instructor will also work collaboratively with colleagues across the staff team and be able to cater for individual learning needs

Who we are looking for?

We are looking for an Instructor/Teacher who wants to spend less time on paperwork and more time developing creative learning opportunities for the most reluctant and troubles learners.

No two days are the same at Bramfield House so we want Instructors/Teachers who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour, whilst being resilient using an innovative style of teaching motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential. We want someone who places a focus on the positive outcomes of our children and takes responsibility for helping improve the lives of our young people.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent teaching skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.

Key Accountabilities

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships to promote the development and effective delivery of the school curriculum and maximise children’s achievement
  • Teaching pupils according to their educational needs and acknowledging that every lesson counts
  • Creating a well-ordered and secure environment that will ensure the educational well-being of individual children within the group
  • Working with school leaders to complete and teach individual pupil plans where pupils have specific need
  • Contributing and cooperating with other staff and professional agencies as appropriate to the needs of the children

Essential Criteria

  • Tertiary standard of literacy and numeracy skills (minimum GCSE or equivalent)
  • Ability to use ICT effectively for teaching
  • Resilience
  • Understanding of the curriculum in order for successful planning and delivery
  • The ability to manage challenging behaviour effectively

Why work for us?

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

  • To join a well-established company
  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • 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
  • To showcase your knowledge and experience
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Pension
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Employee Rewards Hub

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