Virtual School Teacher - Science, Bolton

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Acorn AcademyBolton

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £28,000 - £30,000 dependent on experience
Contract term: Permanent

Virtual School Teacher - Science

Salary: £28,000 - £33,000 dependent upon experience

Location: Home based using virtual classroom

HOURS: 37.5hrs per week typically 8.00am – 3.30pm 


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!

As part of our continued growth, we now have a fantastic opportunity for a Science Teacher to join our new Online School as part of the founding teaching team. 


About the School

The Acorn online Academy is a brand new Alternative Provider for students who are unable to attend mainstream education. We are a “school in the cloud” who specialise in working with looked after children and children who cannot access mainstream education for health reasons or because they are in danger of exclusion. The online school will provide a live platform for teaching and learning through a remote network of home based teachers and students and will teach live lessons in small groups via online classrooms.

We aim to deliver a high quality of education to students aged 11 to 16 years, enabling them to achieve exceptional results. The Acorn Online School aims to grow to 1000 pupils in the next 5 years. 


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

Our Teachers are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils through lessons that promote learning and raise levels of attainment. Smaller class sizes mean you can focus on building a purposeful learning environment that meets individual educational needs of pupils, helping to narrow the gap for pupils who are behind where they should be.

We teach live lessons in small groups via online classrooms. Our teachers work from home and are fully supported by excellent technical back-up. If you are interested in helping us transform lives through learning, we’d love to hear from you.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who focuses on the positive outcomes for our children and will take responsibility for helping improve their quality of learning.

You will have a proven ability to deliver high quality lessons. Although not essential, some virtual classroom experience would be helpful and ability to teach another subject may be an advantage. The post is a full time, permanent position and all of our teachers are expected to have significant face to face classroom experience and have QTS status or equivalent.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent support skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important. The successful person will have innovative ideas who can inspire even the most disengaged learners.

If you are looking to join a dedicated team that will welcome your ideas and aim to re-engage the young people we teach, we would like to hear from you. We focus on the positive outcomes of our children and take responsibility for helping improve the lives of our young people. 


Key Accountabilities:

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships in order to promote the development and effective delivery of the school curriculum and maximise children’s achievement.
  • Working with school leaders to complete and teach individual pupil plans where pupils have specific needs. 
  • Contributing and cooperating with other staff and professional agencies as appropriate to the needs of the children.
  • Teaching pupils with high functioning autism and other complicated learning needs
  • Up to date knowledge on high functioning autism and other complicated needs 


Essential Criteria

  • Experience of supporting vulnerable young people who have demonstrated challenging or complex behaviours
  • Experience of using IT effectively
  • Qualified to Degree level and QTS required
  • The ability to follow instructions from the Senior Leadership Team and also be able to work independently
  • The ability to manage behaviour effectively
  • Ability to recognise small steps of progress in young people’s journey and development
  • SEN experience desired but not essential 


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
  •  “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Employee Rewards Hub 


This position is due to commence September 219 or earlier if possible - subject to approved reference/DBS checks.  

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.



More about Acorn Academy
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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Address: 1 Merchants Place, River Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL2 1BX, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1204 558038
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