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Working in our specialist education service

About 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 and young people 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 and young people 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 to ensure continuity for our young people between school and home. In addition, our staff are required to develop 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-centred organisation that is committed to turning children’s lives around. With over 30 years’ experience, we are well equipped to support you to develop 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: Our Learning and Development team 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 development goals to ensure you’re getting the most out of your career.

Simply Health Cashback scheme: You will automatically be enrolled in 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 are pleased to offer our valued employees access to a free online platform called Perkbox. The employee discount scheme gives you exclusive access to a wide range of retailers and services.

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.

Annual leave allowance: Our annual leave allowance increases with your length of service.

Employee referral 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.

We have an enhanced maternity policy: In addition, mothers with a year’s service can choose to return to work on a part-time basis for three months, while being paid their previous full-time pay.

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