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Cumbria Academy
for Autism

SEN/ASC Teachers

We are currently looking to recruit a number of passionate, experienced SEN/ASC Teachers for the Primary, Secondary and Specialist subject teaching roles. This brand new through School is a specialist provision for ASC pupils and will provide education for boys and girls aged between 4 and 19 years who have a primary need and diagnosis of Autism and who may be suffering social, emotional and behavioural problems in mainstream Education.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our provision and play a key role in the development and learning of our students. The ASC Teacher will become part of a team that specialises in delivering a curriculum designed to meet the specific individual needs of the class and give our students the best possible educational outcomes.


Address: Branthwaite Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4SS

Salary: MPS/UPS*+SEN Allowance (*Depending on experience)

Start Date: September 2019

(NOR 56, Mixed, 4-19 years)

At Cumbria Academy for Autism our students will benefit from our unique, bespoke creative curriculum with strategic support from multidisciplinary teams of therapists, and we are looking for the next members of our teaching team to enhance their learning experience.

Main Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, deliver and assess outstanding teaching and learning using proven methods and approaches that enable ASC young people to learn;
  • Be a class tutor, ensuring pastoral needs are met and establishing excellent relationships with parents and carers;
  • Engage and motivate pupils;
  • Inspire trust and confidence in pupils, colleagues, parents and other professionals;
  • Build team commitment with colleagues and in the classroom;
  • Promote the wider aspirations and values of the school;
  • Engage in whole school activities as required by the Headteacher;
  • Adhere to all working protocols as agreed and published in the Cumbria Academy for Autism handbook;
  • Plan and lead children in off-site enrichment activities;
  • Ensure you uphold all safeguarding procedures, including engaging in annual safeguarding training, including induction training.

The main responsibility of this post is to provide high quality teaching and learning for an allocated class within the Cumbria Academy for Autism.  Classes will be mixed year groups and based on ability not age.

Specification (Essential);

  • Successful class teaching experience;
  • Experience of working with children with SEN, SEMH and/or ASC;
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development;
  • An excellent knowledge of the specialist curriculum area and how it may be effectively taught;
  • Teaching qualification & QTS.

In return for your hard work and commitment to the role Cumbria Academy for Autism will offer:

  • Competitive salary;
  • Teacher Pension Scheme;
  • The opportunity to join a supportive and developing team to meet the needs of the pupils;
  • The support to progress and develop your career advancement and opportunities;
  • A fun and caring environment to work within.

Cumbria Academy for Autism is a new Free School, which is an independent provider to meet the needs of individuals with ASC within the Cumbria Area. We are looking for people who have the creativity and enthusiasm needed to deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people we will support. We will offer staff a comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training to ensure everyone is provided with the best possible start to their employment. Cumbria Academy for Autism will welcome and nurture staff through the organisation's training provision and seek staff and leaders who are motivated and focused in their delivery of the best education and care support.

Applications are available online, via the TES website:

Further information and answers to questions can be arranged by contacting Richard Aindow, Headteacher, at

Closing date: 9am on Monday 29th April 2019

Interviews: Thursday 9th & Friday 10th May 2019

Cumbria Academy for Autism is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We require the successful applicant to undertake an enhanced criminal records check via the Disclosure & Barring Service.