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Advanced Practitioner Autism

Seashell Trust
£45,558 - £48,089 a year - Permanent, Full-time



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  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership

Full job description

Advanced Practitioner Autism

Type: Permanent Term Time Only

Location: Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6RQ

Salary: £45,558 - £48,089 per annum (dependant on skills, experience and qualifications) + Teachers’ pension scheme + benefits

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 40 weeks per year + 12 weeks holiday

Reporting to the Deputy Head of College, this role offers an exciting opportunity to lead and develop good practice in Autism education, supporting staff in delivering high-quality programs for our students. The successful candidate will play a key role in managing self-assessment processes, overseeing course records, and leading curriculum development initiatives tailored to the needs of students with Autism. This position offers a dynamic environment where you can make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals with complex disabilities.

About Seashell

Celebrating over 200 years of being a recognised and registered charity, Seashell Trust provides expert guidance and support to individuals in need.

Based in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, the Trust consists of the Royal School Manchester (RSM), Royal College Manchester (RCM), outreach health and family services and residential homes which provide a safe and supporting environment.

About Seashell Royal College Manchester

RCM offers tailored and specialist education and care to over 70 young people with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs and Autism for students aged 19 to 25.

RCM provides world-leading learning initiatives, resources and highly specialist multi-sensory learning environments which are tailored to each individual young person.

At Seashell Trust we are dedicated to providing a creative, happy, and secure environment for children and young people with complex needs and additional communication challenges from across the UK.

What we’re looking for:

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience with students who have Autism and other learning difficulties.
  • Qualified teacher status (QTS) or equivalent Post-16 tutor qualification.
  • Leadership experience, including managing a team of teaching and support staff within an educational setting.
  • Demonstrated expertise in Autism education, including knowledge of sensory impairments, communication difficulties, and differentiated curriculum development.
  • Proven ability to implement and evaluate teaching strategies that support the diverse needs of students with Autism.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and staying updated on best practices in Autism education.
  • A proactive and innovative approach to problem-solving, with a strong commitment to the welfare and development of students with complex disabilities.

Advanced Practitioner Role Outline:

No two days will be the same with Seashell, you’ll help to promote the intellectual, physical and personal development of students in college.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing self-assessment and quality assurance processes to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and best practices.
  • Coordinating the planning, design, and delivery of programs tailored to the needs of students with Autism, incorporating evidence-based strategies and interventions.
  • Leading the development of curriculum content and teaching materials that promote inclusive learning environments for students with Autism.
  • Providing oversight and management of course records and associated systems to ensure accuracy and completeness of student data.
  • Supporting the Deputy Head of College in managing a team of teaching and support staff within Autism-specific groups, including providing guidance and support for professional development.
  • Conducting regular lesson observations and provide constructive feedback to staff, identifying areas for improvement and implementing strategies for development.
  • Coaching and mentor new members of staff to enhance their understanding and delivery of Autism education, promoting continuous learning and development.
  • Developing and deliver regular updates and training sessions for staff on the latest developments in Autism education, sharing best practices and innovative teaching techniques.
  • Collaborating with the Multidisciplinary Team to create Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and ensure alignment with Individual Learner Schedules (ILS) for students with Autism.
  • Actively participating in the Self-Assessment Process, contributing to the ongoing improvement of teaching and learning practices within the college.

What we can offer you:

Our detailed 2-week induction programme ensures that all Seashell employees gain the essential knowledge to work within our amazing setting.

With our commitment to ongoing training and development through appraisals and supervisions we encourage career progression and development throughout the business.

Other benefits include:

  • Teachers pension scheme for qualified teachers
  • Use of our on-site gym, fitness classes, and state of the art swimming pool
  • A generous annual leave entitlement (5.4 weeks per year as school holidays) as this is a term time only role.
  • Free membership to the Trusts inclusive gym, fitness centre and swimming pool
  • Access to a range of onsite fitness classes including yoga, Zumba and more
  • Discounts on cinema tickets, high street shopping, travel, days out and more
  • Private Health Care – through Benenden giving access to 24/7 GP, physiotherapy, medical treatments, mental health support including counselling service, cancer support, care planning and social care advise.
  • Life Assurance (3x Annual base salary) subject to terms and conditions
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Free on-site parking
  • Employee recognition and reward Summer and Winter events.
  • Paid Enhanced DBS

How to apply

Please upload your CV to apply. As part of our safer recruitment policy, you will be asked to complete a Compliance Application Form, and successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.

About Seashell Trust

We provide a caring environment that is safeguarded and committed to promoting learning, respect and independence, as well as dignity for all of our students.

We value our employees and recognise the need to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled and committed talent who share our vision and values!

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. We are an inclusive employer and welcome all applications.

Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview. If you require any reasonable adjustments for an interview, please highlight this to our Recruitment Team in advance.

This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £45,558.00-£48,089.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site gym
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme
  • Store discount


  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Please tell us why you believe you are suitable for the role of Advanced Practitioner at Seashell.


  • SEN Teaching: 3 years (required)

Work Location: In person

Expected start date: 02/09/2024