Required for: September 2023 (or earlier if available)

(opportunity for transition days will be arranged).

Working Days: Monday-Friday

Pay: MPS 

Do you want to work in a school with like-minded, fun and creative individuals? Do you want to wake up excited to go to work every day? 

Gesher School is a unique all-through school providing a specialist, meaningful and functional learning environment for young people with mild to moderate special educational needs. This includes ASC, ADHD, Down Syndrome and MLD. 

We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic and highly motivated Jewish Studies Teacher to join our team at Gesher school. This post would suit a passionate, dynamic and adaptable individual who ideally has experience teaching Jewish Education within a SEND environment. 

This position offers fantastic opportunities to develop your skills as a practitioner within an innovative, supportive and collaborative team environment. 

We can offer you: 

  • Paid half-day Friday closure in the winter months
  • 12 weeks paid holidays plus paid extra Jewish holidays throughout the year
  • Ring-fenced half-day PPA from home, if desired 
  • Monthly well-being events and inset days 
  • Regular social opportunities
  •  A Competitive salary 

The role features relevant training, support and supervision alongside paid school holidays, dedicated administrative time and enhanced CPD opportunities. You will be a fully integrated and integral member of the whole school team. See us in action here: And 

Gesher School is a unique all-through school providing a specialist, meaningful and functional learning environment for young people with special educational needs. This includes language, communication and social pragmatic difficulties. We have a specialism in autism spectrum challenges (ASC).

Young people are at the heart of Gesher School, where we foster a sense of belonging and community.  Our school offers a happy, safe, friendly, and stimulating environment in which young people are supported to learn, interact and have fun.  We believe that all young people have the potential to achieve, but that every child is individual and requires a tailored, young person-centred approach to learning.

The Gesher approach is warm, friendly and nurturing. Emotional health and resilience, developing young people’s independence and learning, is at the core of our vision.

At Gesher, we provide:

  • opportunities that enable young people to thrive as we want our children to be ambitious about achieving their full potential
  • a collaborative learning team around every young person to support each young person’s learning needs and maximise meaningful learning opportunities
  • a therapeutic team that works together with families to nurture and support young people’s emotional, social, and academic development
  • a partnership with families to improve the lives and life chances of young people with SEND by ensuring that they are healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and experience the wider community

Being part of our learning community, you will be able to use your creativity and shape the way our school provides excellent learning opportunities for our young people.

As a member of our team, you will:

  • Join an innovative learning community with ambitious practices. Not only do we want to have an impact on the young people in our school, but we also want to help shape the future of special education nationally and internationally. 
  • Join a committed community of staff and parents and wider supporters.
  • Be supported to become the best you can be. We believe in valuing all our staff and therefore take professional development very seriously. In return for their high level of commitment to enabling our young people to reach the best outcomes, we will provide our staff with excellent opportunities for growth and development.
  • Always be supported in terms of your leadership and you will be able to take on responsibilities in various areas of school life.
  • Have access to a network of forward-thinking practitioners (Big Education, Rethinking Assessment, XP, etc.) via other members of our team. 

The Post Holder Will:

  • Be an exemplary, outstanding SEN Kodesh Studies teacher (with a qualification or willing to work towards one) and able to work alongside a team of TAs and therapists
  • Be secure in their Jewish knowledge and confident with differentiating and personalising Jewish learning
  • Have a deep understanding of how children with special educational needs learn
  • Be comfortable with reading, writing, speaking and teaching Hebrew
  • Be a proven, successful team player with excellent motivational and interpersonal skills

Main Areas of Duties and Responsibilities

  • To continually develop the Primary Kodesh Studies Curriculum, ensuring it is relevant for all students, and supports teachers and TAs in their planning and teaching of Kodesh Studies.
  • To promote the Jewish ethos throughout the school.
  • Planning and supporting the whole school celebration of festivals.
  • To support an initiative supporting children with their Hebrew Reading.
  • To work alongside the teaching and learning team to accelerate pupil progress and raise attainment
  • To support teachers with building cross-curricular links within the national curriculum
  • To engage in performance management and attend training and meetings as part of professional development.
  • To keep informed of the latest trends in Jewish Education and implement any appropriate strategies/schemes through training staff.
  • To develop established and new partnerships beyond the school to support curriculum learning and development within the Jewish Community.
  • To liaise with parents and support them in their child’s Jewish education
  • To carry out responsibilities/duties with regard to Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding and Health and Safety Policies.

To apply, please complete an application form that can be found by clicking here. 

Please, complete and return your application by May 16th to [email protected]. CVs will not be accepted. 

Interviews will be organised on a rolling basis. This ad may be withdrawn as a suitable candidate is identified. 

Diversity is a core value of Gesher School.  We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. As such, we actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to apply for roles at our school. 

Gesher School is committed to safeguarding young people and staff. Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.