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Graduate Trainee ABA Tutor

£15,812 - £20,107
TreeHouse School, Muswell Hill, London N10 3JA
Full Time

Would you like a career in education working with children and young people with autism? If so, this could be the right opportunity for you.

To find out more about the Trainee Graduate Scheme you are invited to attend our Open Day being held on the 7th April 2016

We welcome all those interested to come along and meet some of our staff. You will be taken on a tour of the school and have the opportunity to learn more about the role of Trainee ABA Tutor. 

Open Day Agenda:

1:00pm         -         Registration/refreshments

1:15pm         -         Introduction and Welcome

1:30pm         -         Tour of School

2:00pm         -         Group talks

2:30pm         -         Q&A session

2:45pm         -         Short film about our work

3:20 pm         -         Close

To reserve a place on  one of the Open Days please email:

Ambitious about Autism, home of TreeHouse School, is looking to recruit Trainee ABA Tutors to share our ambition to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism – to enable them to learn, thrive and achieve.

Trainee ABA Tutor at the TreeHouse School:

TreeHouse School provides intensive, specialist and integrated support for children aged 4 – 19 years. We use a behavioural approach because every day we see positive results enabling children and young people with severe and complex autism to progress and develop new skills, whilst being fully motivated and engaged in the learning process.  Our approach is person centred and uses behavioural principles of learning to help individuals to achieve their full potential. The focus is on the individual and their learning needs. Every person is unique, and has a unique experience of the world. In association with major universities and other expert partners, we continually evaluate our practice by analysing the progress of pupils in considerable depth. We draw on our experience of what has proved to be effective for each individual in order to provide tailor made programmes which match their skills, needs and interests. The school was inspected by Ofsted in October 2012 and found to be Outstanding in all areas – the first ABA School in the country to secure that grade. TreeHouse School is based in The Pears National Centre for Autism Education, Muswell Hill, London and is registered with the Department for Education as a non-maintained special school.

What we offer:

  • A two year in-house training programme starting with an intensive two week induction programme commencing 18th July 2016. This will take place at TreeHouse School, The Pears National Centre for Autism Education, Woodside Avenue, London N10 3JA.
  • On-going support and supervision from experienced teachers, ABA professionals, and Allied Health professionals to develop the required knowledge and skills to deliver the curriculum using the principles supporting our behavioural model.
  • Clear career pathways within the fields of autism education with excellent opportunities for professional development.

The job:

  • In TreeHouse School  you will be based in a class of approximately six pupils.  You will work with pupils both individually and in small groups. You will have additional key worker responsibilities for one or more of the pupils in the class.  You will be responsible for teaching individual and small groups of children a personalised curriculum, using teaching techniques based on the principles of behaviour analysis. You will need to be a strong team player, and will work under the supervision of the behaviour analysts and qualified teachers to ensure the efficient and effective running of the class.

Job Role

PDF icon Trainee ABA Tutor Job Description  (PDF 84KB)

You will need:

  • Degree level education or a recognised qualification in Childcare.
  • Experience of working with children and/or people with Special Education Needs.
  • The willingness to commit to a two year development programme in autism education.
  • Emotional and physical resilience to meet the challenges of working in an environment that is extremely rewarding and at times demanding.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • As the role of a Trainee ABA Tutor is physically demanding, you will need to have a good standard of fitness to be effective and able to carry out all aspects of the role including positive behaviour strategies (Team Teach) to help manage challenging behaviours.  For example, you will need to show you are able to complete activities similar to push ups, Queens College step test, sit ups, squats and lunges at interview. You can try out the exercises that you will need to be able to demonstrate as part of the recruitment process (and throughout your employment) by downloadingPDF icon Fitness Assessment Exercise Sheet.pdf


The training programme begins with a two week intensive induction commencing 18th to 29th July 2016 and will cover:

  • An introduction to the organisation and service.
  • Training in the essential key skills needed for the role of Trainee ABA Tutor. 
  • You will need to be in attendance for the full two weeks induction programme. After the two week induction there will be a break of four weeks until the start of the school term on 30th August 2016. For the four week school closure period you will be paid at 50% of your salary by cheque when you return on 30th August 2016.
  • The training programme will continue over the two year period  at TreeHouse School.
  • Assessments will occur at different stages during the programme to ensure you have met the skills and competencies required for the role.
  • Following the two year training period you will move into the role of ABA Tutor band 3, with career or training opportunities and progression at the TreeHouse School.

Pay and benefits:

Starting Salary                                                                            £15,812 p.a

At 6 months                                                                                £16,322 p.a

12months                                                                                    £17,161 p.a

18 months                                                                                   £18,213 p.a

24 months                                                                                   £20,107 p.a

Hours of work: 8:45am-5:00pm (36.25 hours per week)

Holidays and other benefits:

  • School closure is 48 days per year and the job is term-time only. You are paid an annual salary and it is not prorated.
  • Pay progression is subject to meeting the competencies framework assessed every six months until completion of the programme at 24 months service.
  • Trainee ABA Tutors who successfully complete the two year programme will be awarded with a certificate of completion and will be entitled to a discretionary £750 bonus.
  • We offer a £500 interest free start-up loan to be repaid over 12 months.  You can apply for this in August when you return after the school closure period. 
  • Staff are eligible for an interest free season ticket travel loan to be repaid over 10 months. Both the £500 interest free start-up loan and the interest free season ticket travel loan must be repaid in full if you leave before the end of the repayment period.
  • Ambitious about Autism is registered with “Cycle Scheme” that provide tax-free bikes as part of the Government's Cycle to Work initiative.  Big savings can be made on the purchase of bikes and safety equipment.  Loans are repaid over 12 months through salary sacrifice which allows employees to benefit from income tax and NI relief.  Full details are available of how the scheme works at Ambitious about Autism.
  • Ambitious about Autism auto enrol all new starters into the People Pension Scheme in line with legislation following three months service.  We also offer life assurance equivalent to two times basic salary from date of start.
  • TreeHouse School closure dates are fixed according to the term dates set for the school which equates to 48 days per annum including Bank Holidays.

Applying for the roles:

Please ensure you read our recruitment process page that includes guidance notes on how to apply. You can download and complete the job application form and apply by email:

AAA Job Application Form  (DOC 373KB)

Monitoring_form_.doc (DOC 134)

Your supporting statement should demonstrate how your experience‚ skills and abilities meet the selection criteria as set out in the Person Specification.

Completed applications should be returned to us by 9.00am on Tuesday 29th March 2016. Applications received after that time will not normally be considered for short-listing.

Interviews will take place on 9th and 16th April 2016.

Please submit your application to

Selection process will involve:

  • Clear demonstration on the application form that you meet the requirements of the role.
  • Observing in class to give you the opportunity to experience our classroom and learning environment. 
  • A group exercise focusing on soft skills and how you interact in a team environment.
  • Fitness assessment.
  • A written exercise to demonstrate your  literacy and numeracy .
  • A competency based interview looking at your knowledge, experience, skills and fitness for the job.

Further information

Please also read Ambitious about Autism’s Child and Adult at Risk Safeguarding and Protection Policies and Procedures that can be found on our recruitment process page. This provides information on our practices around safeguarding in education and also Autism Schools Trust.

A wealth of information about TreeHouse, teaching methods, ABA and our national work is available on our website.

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