Teacher, St John’s School, East Sussex

At St. John’s, we have been making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people for nearly 140 years. We are now looking for an amazing Teacher to support us in making that difference! Could that be you?

What can we offer you?

  • Fulfilling and meaningful work – make a difference!
  • Dedication to our employees’ mental wellbeing, and offer a drop-in service, free counselling, coaching, and occupational health specialist confidential sessions
  • Career development plans that are tailored to you
  • Free healthcare cash plans: claim back on dental and health fees
  • Discounts across businesses in the local community.

Who are we?

St. John’s is a non-maintained specialist provision, working with autistic people, the majority of whom also have learning disabilities. Some of our learners have co-occurring conditions such as epilepsy, hearing or visual impairments, or mental health needs. We also support autistic learners who have an additional profile of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) syndrome. We have a team built up of support workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nurses, PBS practitioners, assistant psychologists, and more, to support us in our holistic approach to development.

Each learner’s curriculum is shaped by their individual strengths, interests, and challenges. St. John’s is awarded with Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society (NAS). We support our learners to develop their skills in the NAS’s four focus areas of:

  • Difference in social communication and interaction
  • Self-reliance and problem-solving
  • Sensory
  • Emotional Well-being

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a versatile teacher to join our vibrant school community in the heart of Seaford.  You should have the have the skills to teach a range of core subjects, but a specialism for working with children and young people with Autism is vital. An interest in literacy and contributing to the programme design and delivery of English and Communication would be an advantage. You will need the skills and drive to improve independence and quality of life for young people with learning disabilities, delivering across our cohort. This is an opportunity to make a real difference, to work with some extraordinary children and young people and to inspire them to be the very best they can be.

What will you be doing?

This role will see you plan and deliver lessons that are good to outstanding, identifying individual learning objectives to ensure learners are stretched to meet their full potential. You will have high expectations of learners and understand the importance of effectively tracking progress.  Ability to self-reflect is crucial. You will deliver practical life and functional skills with a strong focus on developing effective communication skills to meet learner needs, interests, and aspirations.  You will be required to deliver accreditation up to GCSE level and meet the quality assurance standards of Awarding Bodies and Autism Accreditation with support from colleagues.

What makes us stand out?

  • Brighton & Hove Living Wage Employer
  • Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society
  • Mindful Employer Committed 2021
  • Disability Confident Committed Employer 2021
  • Restraint Reduction Network Member
  • Autism Education Trust training provider Brighton & Hove

Exciting opportunity? We think so! Click apply to start your journey as part of the St. John’s School and College family as a Teacher


St. John’s is committed to the safeguarding and protection of young people, vulnerable adults and children. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance.

Equality of opportunity

We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills, and stories to join our staff team and influence and develop our working practice. We are particularly keen to hear from people who are currently underrepresented in our staff team and will invite for interview all candidates who meet the role criteria and identify as disabled and/or from a Black, Asian, or minority ethnic background. St. John’s School and College are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Closing Date

23rd August 2022