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Job details
Employer The Robert Ogden School
Location Barnsley
Salary MPS 6 to UPS 3 + 2 SEN allowance
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed

Who we are:

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, campaign for a better world for people with autism. We are proud of the difference we make.

Who are we looking for:

An experienced qualified Teacher with SEN experience (MPS 6 to UPS 3 + 2 SEN allowance)

You will have a good understanding of SEN, experience of adapting the curricula and differentiating for children with Autism. You will have the ability to plan and deliver a personalised curriculum that is relevant and motivating for children on the autism spectrum, and ideally for some who have other complex needs such as ADHD and OCD. You should be able to demonstrate: that you have a good work ethic, an excellent practitioner with a passion for SEN, and project a calm presence in the classroom. Your other qualities include resilience, patience, a caring nature, passion for the job and a willingness to learn.

Where you will be working:

Robert Ogden School is the largest of the National Autistic Society’s Independent Special Schools, catering for children aged 5 - 19 years, with over 90 pupils on roll. We also specialise in the education of pupils with a diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). You will be working in a school that is highly regarded by parents and Local Authorities for its expertise and the positive effect it has on the pupils’ and families’ lives.

Located in Thurnscoe between Barnsley and Doncaster, South Yorkshire in a former comprehensive school that provides plenty of space, and is rated “good” in all areas by Ofsted (February 2015). All our pupils are on the autistic spectrum and attainment levels across the school vary between P Levels and age equivalencies. Pupils are streamed by ability and social compatibility.

Here are a few things Ofsted said about us:

“Staff training is a high priority.”

“Students’ behaviour, often associated with their complex needs, is managed very well.”

“The ratio of staff-to-students is generous and this contributes to the success of the school.”

“In addition to knowing much about autism, teachers and support staff know students well and establish good relationships and clear routines to support students’ learning.”

You will be supported by a well-resourced onsite support team which includes Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapist, Behaviour and Communication Co-ordinators. You will receive a comprehensive induction including initial training about autism, and an opportunity to undertake a Post Graduate Certificate in Autism.

Your experience working with primary aged children with special educational needs will be highly valuable within our environment. You will be teaching a class of up to 8 children along with line managing a team of dedicated Teaching Assistants and coordinating a subject. You will be expected to work flexibly and be able to work in different departments of the school as our needs dictate.

What we can offer you:

  • Excellent induction, training and development programme including Autism specific interventions and NAS conference opportunities
  • Reflective supervision, mentoring and coaching
  • 24 hour access to online training.
  • Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits (e.g. childcare voucher and cycle to work schemes).
  • Access to a 24 hour Employee Assistance counselling programme.
  • Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Career progression opportunities

How to apply

To apply online,

  • When providing a supporting statement, please refer to the job description and person specification and include any information that shows your suitability for the role.
  • For more information about this job please contact Jon Mount, Deputy Principal on

01709 874443 or

Closing date: 12 January 2017
Interviews: 25 January 2017

Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

The NAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

About the employer

Information about The Robert Ogden School
Org type Special Needs
Funding status Independent
Gender Mixed
Age range 5 - 19 years
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Locations and contacts

Clayton Lane
South Yorkshire
S63 0BG
United Kingdom
+44 1709 870701