Working in our specialist education service

Five Rivers independent special schools and educational outreach services provide an integrated therapeutic educational framework that promotes emotional growth, academic success and holistic child development.

All children in our care have the best opportunities to reach their full academic potential, but it doesn’t stop there. Our teams are creative and flexible – tailoring packages of non-academic activities which are suited to the needs, vulnerabilities and unique talents of children with special social, emotional and mental health needs.

Our standing is reinforced by being a ‘social enterprise’; we are driven by social objectives and the surplus we make is reinvested into the services we provide. All our teaching staff benefit from receiving the same positive behavioural support and training in the therapeutic interventions that we give to our residential staff. This ensures continuity for our young people, between school and home and our staff must be capable of developing strong relationships with education authorities, outside agencies and therapists.

We have a variety of roles in our SEN service including, but not limited to, fully qualified teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers, and administrative staff.   Teaching takes place in a variety of settings, from independent schools to intimate learning environments within our residential homes. We are also growing our outreach service which provides therapeutic learning based on ‘Thrive’ principles to young people with complex SEMH for whom schooling has not worked previously. 

You will benefit from working with a well-established, child-centered organisation that is committed to turning children’s lives around. With nearly 30 years’ experience, we are well equipped to be able to support and develop you in your role.

We know how demanding and challenging our work can be. We value our people and want to recognise and reward you for the work you to. Some of your rewards and benefits include:

On-going training and learning: we have a dedicated learning and development team who are committed to sourcing and delivering up to date, quality training opportunities. We continually look at new learning initiatives to make sure we’re providing the best continuing professional development we can. We also prioritise and discuss your personal training goals to ensure you’re getting the most out of your career.

Simply Health Cashback Scheme: you will automatically be enrolled into the Simply Health Cash Plan scheme which means you can claim back the cost of your everyday healthcare appointments. The membership also allows you free, immediate access to a 24/7 GP telephone helpline.

Employee discount scheme: we value you, so we offer you access to a free online platform called Perkbox. The employee discount scheme gives you exclusive access to discounts and freebies.

Employee assistance programme: we know how demanding our lives can be and that life isn’t always plain sailing, so we take great care in supporting and caring for you. You will automatically have access to free, confidential, 24/7 counselling.

Long service and recognition scheme: We appreciate the invaluable contribution our employees make, so we recognise and reward loyal service. Our recognition scheme provides additional holiday entitlement for length of service and financial recognition for ten years and above.

A competitive salary in line with your skills and experience:

Annual leave allowance: we appreciate how important it is to have a break. We offer a generous annual leave allowance which increases with your length of service.

Refer a friend financial incentive scheme: we know how important having the right workforce is and we’re confident your network includes professionals who could bring expertise and experience to our work. We offer financial rewards for successful appointments to our staff from your network.

Our values are more than a set of adjectives. We are invested in and take in nurturing an environment where we have a shared understanding of how we would all like to be treated.

Matthew, Head Teacher

Matthew is a Head Teacher at a Five Rivers combined Residential and Educational provision that has attained an Ofsted rating of “Outstanding” for its care and teaching. He works with our Assessment and Therapy team to provide intense therapeutic education for children in our residential care aged between 7 and 10 on admission. 

How long have you worked at Five Rivers?

Over three years.

Have you always worked in education?

Yes, I’ve worked in education since I was 19-years old. I’ve always had a real passion to make a change and provide the next generation with the best possible start in life.

Over the last 14 years, I’ve worked in a multitude of educational settings, ranging from mainstream high school in Sheffield to an EBSD residential school in Scarborough. I can honestly believe teaching is in my DNA! I’ve taught PE, ICT, Careers at KS3 & KS4 and I’m now teaching an eclectic primary KS2 curriculum covering all core and foundation subjects.

What’s the best thing at your school?

The best thing about both our House and School is the dedication that each staff member has towards ensuring that all the children are provided with the best possible care and education. Also, no matter what, our staff members make sure that it’s like home from home.

The environment created is so welcoming.

What do you do to relax?

I really enjoy being physically active and in my down time, I love attending the local gym, going for runs and playing football.

Tell us something interesting about you:

At the age of 11, I represented England against Scotland in Boxing! This took place at Bolton Town Hall in front of a few hundred people. I remember it being a very daunting experience, all stood in a circle whilst our national anthems were playing and then swapping medals with your opponent beforehand. Something I will never forget.

Did this experience teach you anything that helps you in your job with young people?

It taught me to grasp every opportunity with both hands, and whatever you put into a project or a task is what you’ll get out of it. I feel this is one of the reasons why the school received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from OFSTED.

What are your career aspirations and how could Five Rivers help you reach them?

I truly feel that I’ve found my calling at Five Rivers and see myself being here for the duration of my career continuing to develop and pursue towards receiving another ‘Outstanding’ rating. My main aspirations are to keep on giving back to each and every young person I have the pleasure to teach and provide my staff team with the same (if not better) opportunities to develop that I’ve had.  

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