Trainee SEN Teacher, Jigsaw CABAS® School, Surrey

Position:  Trainee SEN Teacher at the Jigsaw CABAS® School

About Jigsaw School:
Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Jigsaw CABAS® School is an independent day school for children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder.

The School provides places for up to 60 pupils aged 4 – 19 years.  Pupils have individualised curriculum and comprehensive outreach programmes, delivered within one on one and group settings by a highly qualified specialist teaching team.

The School is supported by The Jigsaw Trust, a UK registered charity. The primary objective of the Trust is to improve the lives of those affected by autism through the provision of high quality, accessible, educational and wellbeing services.

Role summary:
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help expand our team of dedicated teachers providing behaviourally based instruction (Applied Behaviour Analysis) to pupils’ with autism spectrum disorder aged between 4 and 19 years old.

This is a unique opportunity to learn how to design, plan and deliver teaching sessions to encourage learning progression and social development as well as achieve ABA qualifications and CABAS® teaching status.

We will provide full comprehensive training alongside a clear career pathway in special educational needs teaching within a supportive and professional environment.

At Jigsaw School we try to help improve and make a significant difference to the lives of our pupils as well as their family and friends. If you would like to help be a part of this whilst embarking on a fulfilling career we look forward to hearing from you very soon.


Training and Development:

  • Develop knowledge of autism spectrum disorders and associated disabilities
  • Participate in training to achieve required CABAS®  teaching qualifications
  • Progress through practical and theoretical training to ensure satisfactory understanding and practice of the teaching duties


  • Providing behaviourally based instruction (ABA) to pupils
  • Collecting and recording data on the programmes delivered
  • Meeting pupils’ needs through effective personal support, planning and review
  • Interacting and participating with the pupils in the development of skills to reach their potential for independence
  • Provide personal care (toileting, feeding) for pupils
  • Participate and help with extra-curricular activities and off-site activities during the school day


Achieving Results:

  • Completes detailed tasks accurately
  • Work flexibly and contribute positively to the team
  • Demonstrate and organise effective use of resources
  • Ability to access, organise and manipulate data effectively

Building Relationships:

  • Work as a member of a team
  • Be sensitive to other people’s needs
  • Seek assistance when required
  • Form effective working relationships with others

Planning for the Future:

  • Maintain a positive and responsible attitude to job
  • Show confidence and self-reliance
  • Show patience and care in all aspects of the job
  • Use self-reflection effectively to support personal development
  • Take advantage of learning opportunities

Candidate requirements:

  • GCSE A to C or Level 4 or above in Maths and English.
  • Interest in the issue of special Educational Needs/Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and reports to produce accurate graph data.
  • Commitment and motivation to work with children and young people.
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours.
  • An understanding and personal commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.


  • Experience in working with children with special needs would be advantageous but not essential.

Working hours:

  • Working hours are 34.75 hours per week from Monday to Friday.  Hours are from 9am to 4.30pm four days a week and 9am to 5.30pm one day a week (on Tuesday’s) with a 45 minute unpaid break each day.


  • Starting salary is £15,972 per annum plus extensive CPD package (funded by the School) and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • 44 days annual leave per annum plus 8 statutory bank holidays.  The school operates across 3 terms.

Jigsaw School, Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TB.

To apply: 
To view a detailed job description and to apply for this exciting position, please apply directly with an application form through the Jigsaw School careers website.  If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the HR department by email or telephone 01483 273874.

Jigsaw is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment.   All positions will require an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and proof of qualifications.

Closing Date: 28th February 2019