Search services

Our search team helps families find the right specialists and teaching support to match their child’s profile

We help families find the right SEN experts, specialist teachers, learning mentors or one to one support people to work with their children either at home or in school.

Our approach is highly personalised to each learner, their profile and their family’s needs and our team’s network of professional and teaching contacts helps us to find the right matches.

How we help

For those looking for advice about the best professionals to work with that can support their child we can provide advice and input on an advisory basis.

We also provide highly personalised search services to clients looking for SEN specialist learning mentors, teaching or therapy assistants or specialist teachers that can work with their child either at home or in school. For these kinds of searches we charge a percentage of the annual salary of the SEN specialist upon the start of work.

Email us at team@acorntooakeducation.org to find out more or call us on 020 7193 8407.

Current searches include

One to one support worker

To support a learner identified with a specific learning difficulty one to one outside of school for up to 12 hours per week with potential for more hours in the school holidays.

The focus would be on support in the community and helping with inclusion into community activities as these are able to go forward.

£ depending upon experience


Location: North London

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HLTA or Therapy Assistant

We are looking for a higher level teaching assistant, occupational therapy assistant or speech and language therapy assistant or a newly qualified teacher for a role providing one to one support for a secondary learner with additional needs. Great role for developing skills and continuing training with support from senior colleagues and the chance to make a big contribution to an individual learner. Up to £22,000 to £28,000 depending upon experience.

Location: West London

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SLCN Teacher, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist

All of the above needed for the pilot scheme of a new nationwide language intervention programme.

This would mean being available for 4 hours on a Saturday throughout the school year to take part in this exciting new scheme. Involves working as a multi-disciplimary team with learners with SLCN in a small group to deliver interventions through fun and active learning. £ depending upon experience.

Location: South West London

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Completed searches

A selection of the searches we have completed are below.

We specialise in helping educational settings and individual families find the right person for permanent roles mostly as well as fixed term contracts.

Senior Leader

We successfully identified and placed an excellent senior teacher into this role to lead learning for sixth form age students with complex learning and health needs that have not been able to participate in learning for some time. This role involves understanding learners with complex needs, working in multi-agency teams and having a strong understanding of mental health and the dynamics of learner engagement to devise an appropriate programme to entice each learner back into their education with the right support and within the available budget.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Our team was delighted to assist in finding a supportive and capable higher level teaching assistant for a setting working with learners with complex educational needs who needed to have expertise with specific interventions and to have expertise in working with learners with trauma and complex needs.

We found an excellent and lively candidate that has done so well in the role already and about whom the setting has provided us with excellent feedback.

SEN Primary Teacher

At short notice, we were asked to search urgently for a highly experienced SEN class teacher for primary aged students with complex additional needs including in relation to mental health, dyslexia, dyspraxia, social interaction and communication.

The setting was delighted with the candidate we found who has brought the class to life in a new way and supported the learners to achieve so much while enjoying their learning together.