Ellen Tinkham School is part of the Learn to Live Federation and is an “Outstanding” special school catering for pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties, from the age of 3 up to 19.  We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Everyone will be the best that they can be
Everyone has a voice
No one is excluded

Our current vacancies are detailed below.  All vacancies advertised require a DBS disclosure, and require the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.  We will also carry out an online check of publicly available information to assess shortlisted candidates’ suitability to work children.

If you are interested in any of the roles detailed below, please complete an Application form and email this to

Current Vacancies 

Permanent Full Time Teachers

We are seeking to employ Fun, Creative, Dynamic, Inspiring and Person-Centred teachers to join our ‘Outstanding’ teaching team in Early Years and Key Stage 1.  We have full time, permanent vacancies available commencing in February 2023 or sooner if possible.

You must be enthusiastic and have a passion for providing high quality teaching and learning to pupils with SEND from ages 3 to 19 years.  We welcome applications from Early Careers Teachers and those who may be interested in a career working with SEND pupils.  If you are looking for a career change but unsure whether SEND teaching is for you, we can offer sessions in class as part of the application process.

The successful candidates will keep the school ethos at the centre of everything they do, will inspire our young people and be part of a dedicated team creating a stimulating and person-centred learning environment.

As part of our teaching team we offer:

  • A supportive environment;
  • A comprehensive induction programme;
  • Opportunities for career progression and middle leadership opportunities;
  • Cross Federation working with colleagues from our associated school, Bidwell Brook based in Dartington;
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues from other special schools through SWALSS and the SENtient Trust;
  • Excellent CPD opportunities as part of the Devon Hubs South West Institute for Teaching (SWIFT) and our South West Specialist Schools Teaching Alliance (SW SSTA).

Opportunities to spend time in class and/or visits to the school are most welcomed.

To apply for a teaching post, please see the application pack below.  Completed application forms to be returned to 

Application Form / Job Description / Safeguarding Policy

Teaching Assistants

Required to commence as soon as possible.

Ellen Tinkham School is looking to appoint Teaching Assistants to work in our vibrant and innovative “outstanding” special school in Exeter.

These positions would suit intelligent, caring and resilient people who will keep the school ethos in the centre of everything they do. The successful candidates will inspire our young people and be part of a dedicated team creating a stimulating and person-centred learning environment. The school caters for students and young people from 3 years to 19 years. We currently have vacancies across the school and college. The successful applicants would need to be flexible in their approach and willing to work across all age groups, when required.

This role requires a DBS disclosure and the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

The salary range at C Grade (based on 5 days per week), Monday to Friday 9 am – 3.30 pm (1200 hours per annum), term time only, starts at £14,957 rising to £15,507.

We offer a range of staff benefits:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • Excellent employee assistance programme which includes physiotherapy, counselling, wellbeing and access to private healthcare if applicable;
  • Staff discounts;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Wide range of staff training and development opportunities including work based teacher training.
  • Amazing students, fantastic supportive colleagues.

The successful candidates will be required to commence as soon as possible.  To apply for this post, please read the job description and complete the application form.

Job Description / Application Form / Safeguarding Policy

Completed applications should be returned to

Everyone will be the best they can be; Everyone has a voice; No-one is excluded.