SEN Teacher

SEN Teacher Vacancy

SEN teachers are responsible for delivering a bespoke individualised academic timetable for our students covering a range of subjects KS2-KS4 including core subjects – Maths, English and Science, ASDAN awards, Gateway Qualifications, and project based learning.

You will be working with students in a 1:1 or very small group environment to enable our students to reach their full potential, whilst supporting their special needs.

SEN Teacher duties will include:

  • developing programmes of learning activities
  • planning, preparing and researching lessons
  • preparing and adapting teaching materials
  • making use of special facilities and/or equipment
  • teaching students on an individual, class or small group basis
  • checking and assessing students’ work and giving feedback
  • encouraging personal development
  • attending meetings and reviews
  • working with our SENCo to liaise with parents/carers, external agencies and a range of other professionals, such as speech and language therapists, and educational psychologists
  • writing reports
  • coordinating the academic work for our case workers
  • Ensure that our tracking systems are kept up date so that we can monitor the progress of students


Essential skills and qualifications:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS or QTLS). This role is not suitable for newly qualified or yet to qualify applicants
  • Experience of delivering GCSE English and Maths curriculum
  • Experience of working with KS2-KS4 across the curriculum, ideally with an English specialism
  • At least 2 years experience of working with SEN essential
  • Must enjoy the outdoors and be able to cope with inclement weather
  • An understanding and empathy for children with SEN
  • Bags of patience
  • An Enhanced DBS check and references will be undertaken for this role
  • Desirable: current First Aid at Work Certificate
  • Desirable: experience of delivering ASDAN awards

A qualified teacher, you will have experience of working across all the Key Stages, in particular
KS2- KS4, in a variety of subjects, in particular English. You will have wide-ranging experience of working with children with SEN, including ASC and Attachment and trauma.

You will be passionate about helping young people achieve the very best that they can, be thick
skinned and have a good sense of humour. You will enjoy being outdoors and woodland environment, and in our classrooms that are based on site.

You will need to be organised, clear-sighted and able to work with students, and carers. Approachable and committed, you’ll set high expectations.

You will need to be able to deal with extreme weathers, mud and rain, be comfortable working in a woodland setting. Ideally you will love dogs and horses who work within our team providing animal assisted interventions.

You will work closely with our Head of School/SENCo, Pastoral Lead and Curriculum Lead to ensure that EHCP’s, assessments and progress reviews are up to date and accurate.

Above all, you’ll love seeing those in your care achieve their true potential.

Pay and conditions

  • This job is 35 hours per week, 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday
  • Term time only 40 weeks (including INSET)
  • Pay: £26,000 pa including holiday pay
  • Pension scheme
  • Uniform (the staff wear a uniform – the students don’t!)
  • Start Date: September 2020

Recruitment Process

Please contact us for a full job description/person specification and application pack. Only a fully completed Running Deer Application Pack will be accepted. Do not send a CV or covering letter. Applications which include a CV or covering letter will be discarded.

You will be required to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.

You will be required to deliver a half hour English lesson to one of our students. This will be followed by a formal interview at our office in Moretonhampstead. This interview will consist of a 45-minute question and answer session, which will be scored against a predetermined set of questions.

Working for Running Deer doesn’t suit everyone. We strongly recommend that you visit us before making your application. This will give you the opportunity to meet our team, have a look around Butterdon Wood, get a feel for the work that we do, and ask any questions you might have.

Subject to a current DBS check including Children’s Barred List and references, we will then make a formal offer of employment.

Once the offer of employment has been accepted, you will be invited to attend an induction day, and complete our basic training sessions including e-learning which will cover our policies, procedures, the safeguarding of children and young people, risk assessments, and a health and safety briefing.

Alternatively, you will need to download, print off and complete each of the following individual PDF documents:

Application Form
Application Pack Cover Sheet
Criminal Record Declaration Form
Equality Monitoring Form
Reference Request Form

To make an electronic application please download the following WORD documents, complete and return via email to:

Application Form
Application Pack Cover Sheet (PDF)
Criminal Record Declaration Form
Equality Monitoring Form
Reference Request Form

Please note:

Do not send a CV or covering letter.  Applications which include a CV or covering letter will be discarded.


“Through your help we have been able to keep this child from permanent exclusion and enable a smooth transition to his new school.”

Alison | Teacher

Running Deer School is a DfE registered independent school (registration number: 878/6067) for young people with Special Educational Needs. Part of Running Deer CIC, we provide activities and opportunities based around traditional rural skills and land based studies, bushcraft, equine assisted education, dog therapy, green woodworking and conservation.

Running Deer CIC is a not for profit organisation and company limited by guarantee. Company No: 7605814. VAT Reg No: 289345260.

Head of School: Rachael Knight

Telephone: +44(0)1647 400201
Email: school at
Address: Butterdon Wood, Moretonhampstead, Devon, TQ13 8PY

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