Job Title:               Outdoor Education Teacher/Instructor

Location:               Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Salary:                   Pay range dependent on qualifications and experience

Hours:                    40 hours per week, term time only

Contract:               Permanent

Are you a Teacher/Instructor committed to improving the lives of children and young people?

Underley Garden seeks an enthusiastic instructor/teacher who can inspire children and young people with complex learning using the great outdoors. Our children and young people need engaging, creative, practical learning and so delivering staff need the ability to thrive in a flexible curriculum structure and fully utilise our fantastic facilities to offer personalised programmes.

The right individual will help create a programme in which our children and young people can experience new challenges, gain on and build experiences and flourish outside of the typical classroom environment.

The school grounds are an amazing resource we are lucky to have and they can be used to explore and be creative within to support sessions being delivered onsite however the successful candidate, depending on their own specific qualifications, may wish to develop an adventurous offsite programme suitable to the needs of our children and young people within their timetable.

Delivering staff at UG are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate all children and young people through sessions that promote learning as well as offer experiences, develop independence and promote life skills.

Working as an Instructor/Teacher at Underley Garden, you will deliver Outdoor Education (including Duke of Edinburgh, the John Muir Award and Forest Schools if qualifications allow), planning and delivering the outdoor curriculum in accordance with the individual needs of our young people. This will promote personal development, well-being and above all, offer a range of outdoor experiences. You will set specific targets/intentions for our children and young people, work alongside other teachers to ensure curriculum coverage, brief all relevant staff on your outdoor visits and create a stimulating learning environment. Safeguarding the welfare of the young people in our care will be your primary responsibility.

This instructor/teacher position covers the planning and delivery of lessons to all of the children and young people who attend UG and so the successful candidate must commit to getting to know the needs and abilities of all prior to planning educational activities.

About us:

Underley Garden School is an Ofsted Outstanding School and outstanding children’s home. Our young people have a range of complex needs associated with autism and learning disabilities, including complex communication, sensory and behavioural needs associated with their disabilities.

We want people who focus on ensuring positive outcomes for our children and adults and take responsibility for helping improve their lives. We share the value of creating a safe and nurturing home and we want people who can be fair and respectful, in order to do the right thing to support everyone in our care.

For over 16 years Options Autism have provided care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

Why join us?

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme.

We can also offer an attractive internal package; including planning and preparation time, a well-organised, engaging and resourced provision, CPD opportunities, friendly, supportive colleagues, well motivated children and young people, small class sizes as well as a complimentary pass to a local gym and leisure facility.

As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference.

Application process & dates

Closing date: Monday 19th April at 4pm. Interviews will be held week beginning 26th April  (day TBC)

Position start date: June 2021 however ideally before to allow a smooth handover.


Options Autism is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS

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