How you'll make a difference

This post offers a salary of up to £41,604 UPS3  (the level of salary offered will be dependent on experience there is also a secure home allowance of £2,460 payable.

We are looking to recruit either an experienced teacher with the ability to work with difficult, troubled and vulnerable children or a newly qualified teacher who is excited about being involved in working with vulnerable students. You will be passionate to raise attainment and have the commitment and drive to change outcomes for children and young people who are likely to have experienced multiple and complex disadvantage, deprivation and trauma. As a teacher you will make a difference by helping a young person unlock a brighter future, through your creativity, resilience and as a passionate educator committed to improving the life chances for vulnerable young people.

Vinney Green Secure Children’s Home (VGSCH) is situated in South Gloucestershire, located to the north east of the city of Bristol and accommodates up to 24 young people of all genders, aged between 10 and 18. The Home has been designed to a very high standard and is structured to provide physical containment in an environment which is comfortable and attractive. Offering young people a safe and caring environment, where they experience high quality care, education, recreational facilities, vocational and life skills training. Your part in the provision will be to inspire troubled and vulnerable children and young people, help them develop knowledge, skills and understanding in your subject area, support them to gain qualifications, and empowering them to play an active part in their learning.

Our vision is for all young people to be immersed in an ambitious and holistic curriculum; inspired to be their best self. Our Values are Achievement; Safety; Positivity; Impact; Respect and Effort

What will you be doing? 

  • In the role you will design and implement an engaging and relevant subject curriculum including schemes of work
  • You will teach your subject area to up to 24 children and young people in groups of 2-4 within the secure Home environment
  • Daily, you will plan and teach effective and appropriate lessons to the classes you are assigned to teach
  • A key part of the role will be to assess, monitor, record and report on the learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils including ensuring that pupils work is marked and up to date with clear feedback to support progress.
  • You will work with others on curriculum and/or pupil development to secure co-ordinated outcomes and build effective and positive relationships with children and young people, many whom have experienced complex trauma, and may demonstrate problematic and/or extreme behaviours.
  • Contributing to developing social skills, raising self-esteem you will encourage personal progress of all pupils in all activities and support the wider network of professionals to meet their statutory responsibilities ensuring that educational and holistic needs of children are met
  • Working proactively in line with the Home’s behaviour management policy, you will promote positive behaviour and deploy affective strategies to minimise disruptive and unwanted behaviour and promote the safety and well-being of pupils and adhering to all safety, security, safeguarding and related policies and procedure
  • You should enjoy teaching small groups of children in a highly structured yet flexible and often challenging environment.  Experience with pupils who demonstrate behaviours that challenge, including those who present with SEMH, a huge amount of patience, a good sense of humour and great flexibility are very helpful for this role.

Things we need you to know

The post is subject to JNCTRE conditions salary range is M1 to UPS3 up to £41,604 ( plus secure home allowance of £2,460 per annum) depending on experience.

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013). This post is subject to a Disqualification from Working with Children declaration

Young people can present physically threatening behaviour and the environment can become tense and anxiety provoking, so for everybody’s safety surveillance cameras are in use in most areas of the building.

Please note that school holiday closures at Vinney Green are at variance with local authority school closures. In most cases teachers will be unable to take more than 3 consecutive weeks annual leave at any one time.

At VGSCH we offer some attractive benefits such as:

  • A full Induction program.
  • An allocated mentor and supervisor who will meet at regular intervals.
  • A comprehensive CPD package.
  • Onsite access to CAMHS, Educational Psychology, SALT, OT, an Interventions Team and others within a multidisciplinary team to support effective teaching and enable the holistic needs of children to be met.
  • The opportunity to work within a lively, dynamic and supportive education team.
  • A unique opportunity to work within a small national network of Secure Children’s Homes as part of an established multidisciplinary team; working together in the best interests of children and young people.
  • Access to generous non-contact time over and above the statutory entitlement of 10%.
  • You will have devolved responsibility for a generous subject/departmental budget for curriculum resources to enhance and enrich the learning experiences of children and young people over and above what would typically be found within a traditional school setting.
  • You will be able to take your annual leave at any time of the year (subject to approval, no more than 3 weeks at one time without written agreement from the Head of Education).


What we need from you

  •  It is essential that you have a Qualified Teacher Status and previous experience of working with pupils in an educational, residential and/or vocational training setting.

  • You will have excellent subject knowledge suitable for the age-range being taught.

  • You must have clear understanding of the issues surrounding impaired literacy and numeracy development, specific learning difficulties and differentiation of the curriculum – especially in relation to significantly disaffected pupils.  Your experience may include working with pupils at Key Stages 3,4 and 5 but where achievement levels can be as low as Key Stage 1 or 2.

  • It would be beneficial to have previous teaching experience in a special setting: SEND in mainstream, special school, special unit etc, particularly with pupils who present with SEMH.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

  • What’s special here is the strength of the team ethos, the support and the training. 
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life.
  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring all our staff are given right skills, knowledge and support to recognise and respond effectively to potential abuse or neglect.
  • We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.

Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.   

  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of   
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life   
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.     

We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.   

We’re making a difference, be part of it!   


For further information, please contact Helen McDicken, Head of Education or Andy Watch, Deputy Head of Education on  0117 970 2286)

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