How would you like to be paid for five days but only work four*?

Our colleagues’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at OFG, so we’re always looking for new ways to improve everyone’s work/life balance. We’re taking part in a trial of the 4-Day Working Week, meaning that you could be working one day less a week (or equivalent).

If the trial is a success, we’ll be rolling the 4DWW out across the Group – so there’s never been a more exciting time to join #teamOFG!

Become a Teaching Assistant at Westbourne School part of Acorn Education and Care and start working towards yours.

  • Salary: £18,832.35 per annum
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
  • Contract: Permanent, Term Time Only

Westbourne School is a truly unique provision which blends academic, vocational learning alongside the holistic development for everyone, focusing on their personal, social and emotional development and wellbeing. 

Our school is across 2 sites and caters for c.85 students. It has never been a more exciting time to join us as we are continuing to grow and have lots of opportunities to join us. As a school we provide a trauma informed approach to behaviour. We place as much importance on the social and emotional development as well as academic progress of each pupil and our curriculum matches this ethos. 

We believe that the curriculum is more than just timetabled lessons and we believe that the moment the pupils arrive, the curriculum begins. Each individual moment is viewed as an opportunity to learn and through the use of structures and routines, we will facilitate both academic achievement and personal growth through the use of individualised targets and thoroughly planned experiences. 

Westbourne School is part of Acorn Education & Care, the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education and residential care for vulnerable pupils and young people. 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.

The opportunity

Enjoy a rewarding education career and have a real impact on pupil's lives. Join an amazing team making our schools and classrooms supportive, enriching places where vulnerable pupils and young people achieve far more than they ever expected.

As a Teaching Assistant you will connect directly with the brilliant pupils and young people we care for, helping to make sure they get the very best from their education. Each individual has so much potential, and they will rely on you to guide their learning journeys.

You will support students in the development of key skills, core skills and encourage their achievement and personal development through learning and implement the school strategy for behaviour management by applying rules and procedures and setting clear standards for self and the pupils. Maintain records of achievement and discipline and liaise with pastoral and teaching staff to ensure integrated and effective support for individuals. 

Desirable: Experience of working in an SEN or SEMH setting

Who we are looking for

You will be adaptable and ready to work in a variety of classroom roles, both indoors and outside according to individual need. Taking a responsive and caring approach, you may be running classroom activities, leading outdoor experiences or supervising pupils as they explore further afield.

Our schools are built on great teamwork and mutual support. If you enjoy working as part of a dedicated team, sharing knowledge, experience and learning, simply fill in our safeguarding-compliant application form and a member of our team will be in touch.

Why join Acorn Education & Care? 


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the pupils and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and young people. All applicants will be subject to social media checks and successful applicants to a fully enhanced DBS.

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*You’ll work 80% of your contractual hours for 100% of your pay, giving you more time to do the things that make you happy. 


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