£20,000 - £25,000

Are you studying Psychology or Education at University?

Are you interested in Special Educational Needs and Behaviour Analysis?

Jigsaw School, a day school for autistic children aged 4-19, has paid placements available for university students who are looking to develop their careers in psychology and special educational needs. You will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of supporting autistic children whilst accessing a wide range of funded training and qualification opportunities in SEN education and Behaviour Analysis. You will receive support and regular supervision from some of the UK’s leading and internationally recognised Behaviour Analytic experts.

What will I be doing during my placement?

  • Providing teaching and support to our pupils, following individualised curriculums
  • Planning, preparing and delivering lessons and activities, focusing largely on life skills
  • Contributing to research and undertaking training to support your personal development
  • Supporting pupils’ participation in trips, applying theory-based learning to practice
  • Providing behaviourally based support to reduce behaviours that impact quality of life
  • Providing personal care, encouraging pupils to maintain acceptable levels of hygiene (toileting, feeding)
  • Monitoring pupil progress, ensuring teaching is appropriate and effective for each child’s needs
  • Assisting with breaktime duties including playground support and snack time

What training & qualification opportunities are there?

  • Regular training in Safeguarding, Emergency Medication, Behaviour Management, Personal Care, Autism, First Aid and more
  • Behaviour specific qualifications including CABAS Teaching Assistant rank ( and Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) (
  • In situ teacher training and observations in the classroom

What do our past interns have to say?

‘Working at Jigsaw School was an incredible opportunity and I acquired some really valuable experience. I completed a lot of training and gained many professional skills throughout my year. Thank you to all the amazing people I have worked with at Jigsaw School for teaching me’

‘This placement has given me amazing training, experience and professional skills that I hope to implement into future roles. A huge thank you to the team at Jigsaw for supporting me throughout this year!’

‘I have felt myself grow both professionally and personally through this placement. I was placed at Jigsaw to benefit and educate the children, but in many ways, they have inspired me’

‘Jigsaw has not only provided me with great skills, through training and experience; it has also positively changed my insight and perspective towards approaching daily challenges and hurdles’

What are the benefits of a paid placement at Jigsaw School?

  • The opportunity to Broaden your skills and expand your CV with a range of fully funded training pathways
  • The chance to work alongside a multidisciplinary teams of behaviour analysts, speech & language and occupational therapists
  • Term time only working – don’t give up the school holidays just yet!
  • Casual working opportunities upon completing your placement, whilst in your final year of university
  • Staff wellbeing and support facilities

What do I need to apply?

  • Professional, personal or voluntary experience of working with children with disabilities
  • Minimum Grade C/4 GCSE in English Language & Maths or equivalent
  • Comfortable working with children who exhibit behaviour that challenges
  • Comfortable supporting others with personal/intimate care where required
  • Ability to keep calm in high pressure situations
  • Drivers licence or access to a lift (due to remote location of our site)


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£20,000 - £25,000

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Cranleigh, Surrey

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