SEND teacher, Oxfordshire

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Bruern Abbey SchoolOxfordshire

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Start date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable due to experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Bruern Abbey School, a preparatory boarding school for boys with dyslexia, seeks a full-time SEND teacher for an April or September 2019 start. Bruern is situated in 27 acres of stunning Oxfordshire countryside.

You will be responsible for teaching a full timetable of one on one, pair and small group lessons to boys with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, as well as supporting pupils in normal classes as directed by the Head of Special Needs.

You may also pursue other interests by taking activities such as games or extra-curricular clubs. The successful applicant will be energetic and positive, with a keen interest in special educational needs and a willingness to contribute to the wider life of a busy boarding school. A teaching qualification is a necessity and SpLD training and the ability to assess learning difficulties is preferable. However, full SpLD training can be provided for the right candidate. This role is open to NQT teachers.


• Full annual salary (negotiable due to experience)

• Teacher’s pension

• Free lunch

• Working 8am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm Friday during term time. Some flexi working will also be required in the school holidays but you can expect about 17 weeks of holiday per year.

• CPD support given and excellent chances for promotion

• Superb location outside Bicester, 20 mins from Oxford

• Wonderful colleagues and charming boys!


As well as the points above, and the usual requirements for any teacher, particular obligations of this role include:

• Work with the Head of Special Needs to improve pupil's literacy and numeracy skills 

• Communicate an enthusiasm for literacy and numeracy to pupils 

• Help write PEP's for specific pupils taught in conjunction with the pupil concerned 

• Liaise with parents over their son’s PEP

• Help monitor spelling, reading and math ages with appropriate tests

• An ability to assess learning difficulties is preferable

Bruern Abbey

Bruern Abbey is a preparatory boarding school, for 150 boys, which specialises in learning difficulties such as dyslexia. We were Tatler’s Prep School of the Year in 2015 and are proud of our ethos to think differently and have fun. 

At Bruern we make every effort to give the boys an action-packed time – be it academic, musical, theatrical, cultural or sporting. Bruern has a few fundamental differences to other prep schools, which allow our boys to succeed at their senior school and in later life.

• We have twice as many English and Maths lessons as a standard prep school would, and there are two teachers in each class for these key subjects

• Reading is taught as a distinct curriculum subject

• Laptops are used in most lessons

• All classes have a maximum of twelve pupils – allowing boys more individual attention in class

Please take a look at our website,, for more information.

What others say?

As well as the Good Schools Guide write-up on Bruer n, Tatler hit the nail on the head when they wrote,

This scruffiest of country preps (think dogs, mud, piles of Beanos) looks after boys with dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia (often refugees from high-powered places where they have been neglected) and prepares them for CE. Boys flourish and leave for Marlborough, Rugby and Bryanston. The majority weekly board in this mini stately with 30 wooded acres, and are occupied with fly-fishing, clay-pigeon shooting and woodwork. The polo team made the nationals and even some of the youngest boys went on a 260-mile cycle ride to France. Food is a big deal, and with it manners, whether it's the twice-weekly candlelit dinners (parents can come too), plucking partridges or trying bouillabaisse in Oyster Club. Head John Floyd (dyslexic himself) and his wife Hen look after these boys with great care and gusto. We just wish there was a Bruern for girls too.

Apply now

To apply, please send your CV and a very short covering letter addressing a) why you wish to join Bruern and b) why you wish to leave your present position to James Watson at or use the Quick Apply TES online application form if easier.

As the position is to start as soon as possible please don’t wait to apply. Interviews will be carried out, and offers made, as quickly as practicable.

For more information please ring James on 07590 213 355.

Bruern Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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More about Bruern Abbey School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 8 - 13 years
Address: Chesterton Manor, Chesterton, Oxfordshire, OX26 1UY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1869 242448
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Located just over an hour from London and 15 minutes from Oxford, Bruern Abbey is the only preparatory school in the country to have as its main purpose the preparation of boys with learning difficulties for Common Entrance and other entrance examina...