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Basic Skills Teacher




Burston House, Rectory Road, Burston, IP22 5TU

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time


£18,592.11 (FTE £23,240.15)


30 hours per week

Job Advert Role Description

Burston House provides quality, specialised treatment and care of adults with learning disabilities where their needs challenge mainstream service provision.

We offer a secure environment which is linked with community based step-down services including continuing care and rehabilitation. Many of our patients have a history of offending behaviour and have learning disability and other conditions including autistic spectrum disorders, personality disorders and mental illnesses.

Based in the village of Burston, near Diss in Norfolk, the strength of Burston House lies in the quality of the comprehensive assessment, treatment and care it provides. The emphasis is on a holistic and individualised approach delivered by a multidisciplinary team who are skilled, experienced professionals trained in their specific field. Our multi disciplinary team includes psychiatry, psychology, nursing (mental health and learning disability), occupational therapy, specialist teaching, social work and a practice nurse for physical healthcare. We also call in services from GPs, speech and language therapists, dentists, opticians, dieticians and chiropodists.

BASIC SKILLS TEACHER - Under the supervision and guidance of the Lead Occupational Therapist, the post holder will be expected to:


•           Assess needs, design and deliver courses and extend the range of further education opportunities for patients who use Life Skills, Education and Vocational Opportunities Service.


The basic education teacher will be based in the Life Skills and Education Centre at Burston House.



•           Assess individual and service needs regarding education provision.

•           Design, deliver and evaluate numeracy, literacy and other education courses to meet the assessed need of the patients individually, or within a group.

•           Develop innovative and progressive teaching programmes to enhance the life skills of the patient group.

•           Facilitate direct or linked accreditation for coursework where appropriate, e.g. OCR.

•           Identify provisions and liaise with further education services such as evening classes and colleges.  Support patients as students to access these services.

•           Play a key role in delivering the provision of the Recovery College.

•           Identify appropriate resources required for your area of work and make the Occupational Therapist aware of the need

•           At times, in context, to accompany patients during ‘offsite’ activities, encourage and support their individual use of community facilities, whilst ensuring that risks have been assessed and duly considered.

•           With guidance to ensure that relevant goals identified through a patient’s CPA Review receive appropriate input, and attend patient review meetings when necessary for engaged patients.

•           To be fully conversant with procedure regarding security and confidentiality and abide by these rules at all times.

•           Accept that by negotiation you may be required to work in other areas of the service, or be flexible with hours of work should the need of the patients dictate.

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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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