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Modern Slavery/Anti Slavery Statement​​

Introduction It continues to be a priority for Cavendish Education Group to ensure that every member of our group trades ethically, sources responsibly and our systems work to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking throughout our whole organisation and in our supply chains. We remain committed to a programme of continuing improvement through all of our practices throughout the group to combat slavery and human trafficking. This is done through the implementation of our anti slavery and human trafficking group policy and our supply chain due diligence. Organisation’s structure and business ethos The Cavendish Education Group is a family of independent co-educational day and boarding schools and colleges for students between the ages of five and 21. As a group, we are transforming the common perception of specialist education and throughout our schools, we challenge what it means to be neurodiverse by supporting our students to excel in ways they never thought possible. We believe we are unparalleled in our approach, which sits between mainstream and traditional special school education. Our curriculum supports and nurtures students with a diagnosis of autism and associated communication and language needs, as well as those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Our supply chains include: • Catering; • Information technology; • Professional services including (but not limited to) legal, accounting, financial, planning and development. • Recruitment. • Real Estate services. Our policies on slavery and human trafficking We have appropriate policies in place that underpin our commitment to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We continuously review and update all our policies. Our own internal antislavery and human trafficking policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains. Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking Given the nature of the business operated by the Cavendish Education Group family, we consider that exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be relatively limited. Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it. We therefore have in place systems to: • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains (e.g. catering sector). • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains. • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains. • Protect whistle blowers. Supplier adherence to our values and ethics We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values and ethics we have in place a supply chain compliance programme. Training To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 August 2021. This policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of Cavendish Education Ltd. Date: 31 January 2022 Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

  • Character
    In addition to supporting students to thrive academically, we enable our students to flourish on a personal level. Understanding values such as morality, respect, leadership, perseverance, and empathy will help them succeed in the adult world. Other important life skills we embed include the ability to make informed decisions, teamworking and knowing the difference between right and wrong.
  • Competence
    Our activities aim to develop proficiency socially, academically and emotionally. We define competence as having the tools to master different situations and scenarios, for example managing one’s emotions, knowing a topic inside-out, or being able to communicate feelings effectively.
  • Confidence
    Empowering students with confidence in their own abilities and worth is a crucial driver of the Cavendish curriculum. Our confidence model covers four elements: communication, independence, responsibility, self-awareness.
  • Creativity
    Recognising and nurturing our students’ innate creativity is a vital part of our approach. Building creative skills feature strongly in the curriculum, for example by supporting students to broaden their thinking so they recognise more than one solution to a given challenge. Another desirable outcome is the ability to capture and break down a broad creative concept into manageable blocks to help our students realise their creative visions.
  • Learning outside the classroom
    Students who may struggle in a traditional classroom setting often thrive in an outdoor environment. Experiencing success helps them realise what they can achieve when they challenge themselves. Learning outside the classroom inspires young minds and takes many forms, for example studying academic subjects on the farm or at forest school. Our adventure and residential trips are designed to build confidence while away from home; they also encourage teamwork, resilience and problem solving. Sport and physical activity as education complements the mental health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in outdoors.
  • Therapeutic and specialist support
    Our academic, co-curricular and pastoral provision is complemented by a fully integrated programme of therapeutic and specialist support. This includes access to subject specialists, therapists, counsellors, and support workers. Our small classes guarantee high levels of personal attention from specially trained and empathetic teaching and support staff. We focus on each student’s areas of strength and interest, and tailor their learning accordingly. Sophisticated assistive technologies are available to help students achieve their best work.
  • Preparation for life
    We work closely with our students to help them understand and appreciate their unique learning profiles. This empowers each student to embrace, celebrate and value the attributes that make them unique. Through carefully crafted PSHE programmes, we bring important topics to life and call upon expert speakers to share insights. We focus on achieving independence as adults and offer students access to varied and bespoke life skills input. This might include travelling safely, handling money, cooking, personal care, and social skills. We also have opportunities for work placements that are meaningful, relevant, and sustained. ​
  • Educational outcomes and wellbeing
    Our schools and colleges offer access to a wide range of subject choices and qualification levels, carefully chosen to align with each student’s strengths. This approach allows every student to progress and achieve, regardless of their starting point with us. The transformation of our students takes place on a foundation of outstanding empathy and support, plus the rebuilding of self-confidence and the celebration of individual achievements, large and small. The focus is not solely on academic results, we want our students to prepare for life beyond our doors. For this reason, we also offer support in areas such as fitness, health, nutrition, resilience, and mental wellbeing.
  • Admissions Enquiries Administrator
    Location: Heathermount School Hours: Term time 39 weeks per year, 35 hours per week. (Hours could be flexible for the right candidate). Salary: From £22,000 to £23,000 per annum depending on experience and qualifications. Closing date: 12th April 2024 ​ Description: We are seeking a proactive and committed individual to work alongside our admissions lead in delivering a high-quality admissions process to families and local authorities. The role requires someone with solid administrative skills, who can process consultations ready to be presented to the school’s admissions panel ensuring that deadlines are adhered to. If you would like to know more about the position or arrange a visit or an informal discussion, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please call 01344 875101 or
  • Speech & Language Therapist - Band 6 (Part-time)
    Location: Heathermount School Hours: Part-time Salary: (FTE £35,392 to £42,618 per annum) DOE Start Date: ASAP Closing date: 12th April 2024 Description: We are looking to appoint a part-time (3 days a week) Speech and Language Therapist who is enthusiastic, keen to learn, innovative and would fit in well with a well-established Speech and Language team. Our team of education and therapy staff help to provide a high-quality educational experience for our young people and a professional and extensive CPD programme for all staff. As a Speech and Language Therapist at Heathermount school, you will be an integral part of our dynamic on-site therapy team dedicated to building the confidence of students and preparing them for life. Our therapy team provides Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational therapy, and Clinical Psychology. As an autonomous professional working within our therapy team, you will help to provide a high-quality educational experience for our young people. Alongside the lead SALT, you will deliver therapy, train others, and help to shape a developing service while enhancing your own clinical skills. You will contribute to service-specific projects and could follow through your own ideas with the support of the experienced lead SALT. You will need an HCPC recognised speech and language degree. The role includes assessment, diagnosis, and management of children with complex speech, language, and communication needs. You will work closely with families, peers, and professionals in the educational setting. If you are enthusiastic, keen to learn and share our commitment to maximising every child’s potential, we would love to hear from you. If you would like to know more about the position or arrange a visit or an informal discussion, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please call 01344 875101 or
  • Speech and Language Therapist
    Location: Ripplevale School - Rochester Salary: Band 5 NHS dependent on experience Job type: Full Time, Permanent Hours: 35 hours per week Full Time position Start date: As soon as possible Closing date: 26 March 2024 Description: Ripplevale School, Rochester is an independent day specialist school and college, specialising in teaching children and young people aged 6 to 25 who have diagnoses such ASD, DLD, anxiety, speech, language and communication needs, dyspraxia or dyslexia. We have an exciting opportunity to expand our team of dedicated therapists and therapy assistants. We are looking for a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, who ideally has some prior experience of working in a school setting. You will have responsibility for working with children individually, in small groups or within the classroom to develop and deliver holistic, person-centred intervention programmes. You will play a key role in shaping the way Occupational Therapy is delivered in the school with a strong emphasis on sensory, physical, life skills and environmental needs. You will work independently and autonomously, but with regular support and supervision. You will input into the EHCP process by providing your professional opinions and recommendations at annual reviews, both in person and through written reports. Benefits of the job include: ● Being a member of a supportive group of on-site OTs and SALTs ● Protected admin time ● Dedicated therapy space ● Working collaboratively with other members of the therapy team and education staff ● Access to CPD, both internally and externally ● Flexibility in the way you offer therapy to suit the student’s needs and your specialisms We very much encourage anyone who is interested to contact us for a chat or to come in for a visit ring the school office on 01634 81233. Ripplevale School and College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This role is subject to the relevant Safeguarding checks which will include a Social Media and Enhanced DBS check.
  • Teacher of Mathematics
    Contract: Full Time, Permanent Location: Burlington House School Salary: Competitive Closing date: 6 May 2024 Start date: September 2024 Description: “Burlington House is fast becoming London’s gold-standard for specialist education. It has built on the sure foundations of the dyslexia-specialist teaching of The Moat School, with a creative curriculum and expert training, to create a supportive through-school for a range of specific learning needs.” Burlington House School is a happy, award-winning all-through Independent School providing exceptional specialist teaching and resources for young people with Dyslexia and associated SpLDs. We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic Maths teacher to add to our dedicated and inspirational team of specialist class teachers in KS2, KS3 and KS4. If you are a caring, energetic optimist who is passionate about helping young people to succeed in everything they do… If you are a team player who values working with like-minded professionals, and who wants the opportunity to develop and thrive in their career… And if you are someone who believes that every child deserves a champion, then we want you to join our team! The Burlington House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. You will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.
  • Teaching Assistants
    Location: Heathermount School Hours: 39 weeks per year, 8.30 am– 4.30 pm, 40 hours per week. Salary: From £18,992 to £22,930 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Start Date: ASAP Closing date: 12th April 2024 Description: We are looking for creative and enthusiastic teaching assistants who will make a positive contribution to achieving the best outcomes for our students. Experience of working with students with autism would be an advantage, but is not essential. Teaching assistants support our students in their learning by either working with individuals or groups of students. They also contribute to the assessment, planning, recording, monitoring, and reporting of students’ progress. Our classes are small (max 8 in Secondary), and our staff training is comprehensive. We work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for our students and parents. Please do not hesitate to call the school for an informal chat or come and visit us and meet our inspiring, wonderful young people and our hard-working, talented staff. We welcome interest from colleagues from both mainstream and special or alternative provisions. Please call 01344 875101 or email
  • Chemistry & Biology Teacher (As & A2 Level)
    Contract: Full Time, Permanent Location: Burlington House School Salary: Competitive Closing date: 12 April 2024 Description: Burlington House Sixth Form is an esteemed Independent Specialist School committed to providing exceptional education tailored to meet the unique needs of our students. Our school fosters a supportive and inclusive learning environment where each student is empowered to reach their full potential. We are seeking a dedicated and preferably experienced Science Teacher to join our faculty on a full-time basis, teaching across AS and A2 levels in Biology and Chemistry. The successful candidate will have a passion for both subjects and a strong commitment to supporting students with diverse learning needs.
  • Assistant School Business Manager
    Location: Heathermount School Hours: Full Time, 52 weeks per year Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm (35 hours per week) Salary: Up to £30k dependent on experience Closing date: 22nd March 2024 ​ Description: The school is seeking to employ an Assistant School Business Manager to assist the School Business Manager with running the school’s financial, HR and admin needs in an effective and efficient way. The post holder should be approachable, enthusiastic and flexible as this role is involved in a wide range of jobs in the school. The Assistant School Business Manager will have the ability to cover for the absence of the School Business Manager. If you would like to know more about the position or arrange a visit or an informal discussion, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please call 01344 875101 or
  • Cover Supervisor
    Location: Ripplevale School - Rochester Salary: £21,786.45 Job type: Full Time, Permanent Start date: As soon as possible Apply by: 26 March 2024 Description: Ripplevale School Rochester is seeking to appoint a cover supervisor who will make a positive impact to our students’ learning. This role is a term time only contract and the salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications. Main responsibilities include: · To undertake whole class supervision in the absence of the class teacher, setting work previously prepared by the teacher · To develop curricular knowledge as required by the school · To apply the school’s Behaviour Policy · To set homework previously prepared by the teacher You will be required to cover all subjects as a floating teacher. We are seeking strong candidates with experience of an SEN provision. You will be an enthusiastic individual who is able to use your own initiative whilst also being able to relate well and establish a rapport with young people. You will need to be flexible and able to work constructively in a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities. For further details and responsibilities of what the role entails please download the job description. This is a great role for those who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching in the future. Ripplevale School and College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This role is subject to the relevant Safeguarding checks which will include a Social Media and Enhanced DBS check.
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
    Location: Gretton School Hours: Full time (8am-4pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8-5pm Tuesdays) term time only. Permanent. Salary: £22,401 actual starting salary (depending on experience) ​ Description: We are looking for exceptional people to work with our exceptional students. We are recruiting a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to start as soon as possible. The successful candidate will have the ability to support teaching across the secondary age range and to work with the class teacher to complete annual review paperwork and reports. What you'll need to succeed HLTA Qualification (or willingness to complete) GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in both Maths and English Knowledge, understanding and experience of Autism as well as a broad knowledge of strategies used for teaching students with ASC Ability to remain calm under pressure and be able to adapt to change quickly We are seeking people who thrive on working in a challenging but immensely rewarding environment, who are passionate about supporting the development of social, life and independence skills and who truly want to make a difference in the lives of young people. What you'll get in return Gretton is a friendly school where staff are supportive of each other inside and outside of the classroom and there is an opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of our students and their families. Gretton has a person-centred focus, providing each child with a personalised education and care programme tailored to help meet their unique needs. At Gretton, our staff are like family, so don’t delay and apply today to join the Gretton family. We reserve the right to close vacancies early if we have sufficient suitable applications. Therefore we encourage interested applicants to submit an application as soon as possible.
  • Admissions and Marketing Manager
    Location: Ripplevale School - Rochester Job type: Full Time, Permanent Start date: As soon as possible Apply by: 25 March 2024 Description: Ripplevale Rochester is an independent specialist provision for students aged 6 to 2 who have been diagnosed with various needs, which may include ASD, dyslexia, speech, language and communication difficulties, DCD, sensory, social, emotional and other learning difficulties along with high levels of anxiety. We are looking for a full-time, enthusiastic Admissions and Marketing Manager to oversee our admissions process and add their flair in marketing our wonderful provision to prospective students and their carers. We believe all students have the opportunity to make progress but to do this they need to feel safe and secure within their surroundings. Ripplevale provides a wonderfully supportive, holistic approach that is child-centred. Our provision includes a therapy team of SaLT, OT and Emotional Wellbeing specialists working within our caring and nurturing environment. The post is suitable for someone who is passionate about supporting admissions for learners into a specialist, holistic provision and would love to join our fabulous team. We can offer you: ● Pay in line with National Main Pay Scales ● A supportive leadership team that is passionate about staff and student wellbeing ● An ‘Employee Assistance Programme’ membership entitling you to Home Life Support, Work Life Assistance, Physical and Emotional Health Support and Wellbeing support resources including mini health checks. ● Strong support for your further professional development ● Sickness benefits. We’re looking for someone who is:: ● Practical, organised and methodical ● A great team player with a positive outlook ● A friendly first point of contact for our admission enquiries Are you passionate about ensuring students are placed in suitable provision? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to have a lasting impact in a nurturing environment? If yes - then this is the job for you! Applicants are strongly advised to apply early for this post as we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received. Ripplevale School Rochester 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. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants. Ripplevale School Rochester is required to conduct online searches about you as part of their shortlisting process in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
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  • Supporting your child
    How to get help for your child if you suspect they may have learning differences What is an EHCP and how do I obtain one? Homework; when it’s beneficial and when it’s a battle (Don’t) sit still! The importance of movement breaks for academic achievement Exam Access Arrangements and who gets them?
  • Specific Learning Difficulties - including dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD
    Dyscalculia; what is it and how best to support at home and at school? What is dyslexia and what are the signs? Dyslexic Superpower; how dyslexic thinking shaped Cavendish Education ADHD; living and thriving with ADHD Handwriting Vs. Touch typing- is one better than the other? Exam Access Arrangements and who gets them?
  • Preparation for the future - success beyond our doors
    Work experience, but not as you know it; the meaningful impact of sustained work experience Educating employers to embrace neurodiversity News story - prestigious appointment for former student
  • Therapy and Therapeutic interventions
    Anxiety - Recognising the signs and providing help Mental wellness - the importance of school to a child’s mental health
  • Autism
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  • Enrichment and the importance of a well rounded curriculum
    Participation, inclusivity, enjoyment and success; the importance of sport for all The Arts; how an arts education allows SEN students to grow Music - the power of performance Outdoor Education - the powerful benefits of success away from the classroom Embracing technology to encourage collaboration and innovation Outdoor Learning - A day in the life…


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At Cavendish Education, we see past the labels associated with learning differences and instead see the young person and their potential. Now in our tenth year of operation, our day and boarding schools offer a range of exciting opportunities as we continue to expand to meet the needs of more young people.

Cavendish Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of having the right to live and work in the UK and be prepared to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Applicants must undergo child protection screening, including checks with previous employers.

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