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We currently have a vacancy for a Maths teacher for September 2024.

The closing date is  09:00 on  Thursday 18 April 2024:


Full Time/permanent – for September 2024

(£30,000 to £41,333 (M1 to M6) plus £1,000 SEN Allowance per annum

 Closing date:  09:00 on Thursday 18 April 2024

We seek to appoint a well-qualified Maths Teacher to provide our students with an excellent maths education. The successful candidate will be expected to teach Maths to small groups of students on the autistic spectrum (ASC) who range in academic levels from KS2 to GCSE and ensure appropriate accreditation is achieved by relevant students.

Lighthouse School in Leeds is a completely unique secondary school. In fact, we are the first of our kind in the country – a specialist free school. We focus on a ‘destination-led’ approach for our students who all have a diagnosis of autism (ASC).   Our journey so far has been amazing and we are immensely proud of what our students have achieved. We are a ‘Good’ school with aspirations to be ‘Outstanding’ in the near future.

Our staff are well trained and are developed to be effective professionals in their roles, they say their workloads are manageable, and early career teachers are well supported.  Please refer to our staff testimonials below.

The school offers a range of benefits (please see benefits booklet below), has a Wellbeing Working Party consisting of staff from across the school, all of whom are trained Mental Health First Aiders, who work to enhance wellbeing initiatives for staff in school.

Please see the job description/person specification below with further details regarding the role and our school.

Should you require any further information, require a tour of the school or have any queries please contact

Lighthouse School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All newly appointed staff who  have lived or travelled overseas for 12 months or more in the past 10 years will be required to undertake an overseas check as part of our pre-employment checks.  Information can be found on the government website at

We are also committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and do not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.  We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply to join us and positively encourage you to choose a career at our inclusive school.

We are also a DfE appointed Flexible Working Participant School and open to offering a range of flexible working options.  Please share your preferences with our HR colleagues at your earliest opportunity in order that these can be fully considered.

An enhanced DBS certificate is required for the successful applicant.

Job description
Job Title: Maths Teacher
School: Lighthouse School is a thriving secondary school for autistic students
Salary Scale: M1 – M6 (suitable for ECTs) plus SEN Allowance of £1000.
Hours of Work: 1.0 FTE
Accountable To: Principal and Governing Body
Reports To: Assistant Principal

Job purpose:
*Teach Maths to students with autism.
*Plan and deliver engaging and creative lessons that develop a love of learning in students
*Teach small groups of students on the autistic spectrum (ASC) who largely range in academic levels from KS2 to GCSE.
*Support in developing the wellbeing and communication levels of students
*Ensure appropriate accreditation is achieved by relevant students – e.g. GCSE, ELCs
*To act as form tutor for a year group of students and ensure they make at least expected progress towards their EHCP and academic targets
*Treat students with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position
*Work proactively and effectively in collaboration and partnership with students, parents/carers, governors, other staff and external agencies in the best interests of students
*Promote and instil the school’s values (Ambition, Versatility, Compassion, Innovation, Happiness, Devotion, Optimism, Respect) and support the school with its vision of Inspiring Bright Futures
*Act within the statutory frameworks which set out the professional duties and responsibilities and in line with the duties outlined in Teacher Standards
*Take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school

Main duties
Teachers’ performance will be assessed against the Teacher Standards 2012 as part of the appraisal process as relevant to their role in school.

*Teach outstanding small group lessons ensuring that expected levels of progress are met
*Share an enthusiasm for learning, encouraging a shared understanding of the contribution education can make to students’ futures
*To plan and deliver lessons (either on-site or virtually) that have purpose and inspire students to love their learning
*In conjunction with other teachers, develop an enriching and bespoke curriculum that engages students, addresses their individual needs, and is conducive to desired positive future outcomes
*To assess, monitor, and record individual pupil progress across the school
*Have a clear understanding of the needs of all students and be able to use, and evaluate, distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them
*Use relevant data to monitor progress and impact, and plan subsequent lessons, ensuring accurate records are kept and student’s work is marked to a high quality
*Work collaboratively with other members of staff, governors and parents/carers to personalise lesson planning for each student to overcome barriers to learning
*Act as Form Tutor for a particular year group, supporting students with their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to enable them to thrive at school and in their own environment
*Use an appropriate range of observation, assessment, monitoring and recording strategies as a basis for setting challenging learning objectives for students
*Give students, parents/carers regular feedback, and encourage students to reflect on progress, identify their emerging needs, and to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work
*Contribute to EHCP, student progress reviews, and attend relevant meetings.

Behaviour and Safety
*Contribute to a safe, purposeful and stimulating environment for students, including supervising students as required at all times during the school day, and during extra-curricular activities when required
*Consistently encourage appropriate behaviour in line with the school’s Behaviour Policy
*Ensure that all activities are undertaken within the framework of the school’s risk assessments and policies (e.g. Safeguarding, Personal Care and Positive Handling, as well as Staff Code of Conduct).

Team Working and Collaboration
*Establish, encourage and maintain good relationships with all stakeholders (parents/carers, colleagues, partner organisations), consistently demonstrating the values of the Lighthouse School
*Work collaboratively as part of a team and provide help and support to other team members and ensure the aims of the school are met
*Participate in meetings as appropriate
*Support the effective running of the school by ensuring policies and procedures are understood and followed by self, colleagues, visitors and students.

Professional development
* Regularly reflect on your own effectiveness in the roles as part of the appraisal process, and use feedback to refine your approaches where necessary
* Improve personal practice through participating in training and development opportunities identified by the school, and reflect on their effectiveness
*Participate in scheduled supervision and line management meetings

Safeguarding Children and vulnerable adults
* Lighthouse School has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that the school functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people studying at the school. The post-holder will be required to commit to the school’s Safeguarding Policy and promote a safe environment for children and young people learning within the school.
* All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar an individual from undertaking the role, however, this will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of any offences.
*Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school, raising any concerns following school protocol/procedures.

Equality and diversity
Promote equality and diversity by abiding by the Equality and Diversity Policy of the school.

Health and safety
It is the responsibility of all employees to co-operate with the school’s Health and Safety Policy to provide a healthy and safe place to work.

The above responsibilities are not an exhaustive list and the post holder will be required to undertake any other appropriate responsibilities and duties that may arise from time to time. Changes to this document will be made in consultation with the post holder.

Staff benefits working at Lighthouse school:

Lighthouse School Staff benefits booklet

Staff testimonials

Written testimonials: Staff Testimonials Video testimonials: Jo Richard

Following a staff survey in February 2023:

100% of employees are proud to be a member of Lighthouse school staff.

98% of staff at Lighthouse School enjoy working at the school and staff feel:

  • work has a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing,
  • they are encouraged to speak openly about their mental wellbeing and are able to approach their manager with concerns about their mental wellbeing,
  • believe that Lighthouse has a culture that encourages calm and orderly conduct,
  • Lighthouse is aspirational for all students.


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