Jigsaw Trust FAQ

Here are some common questions and answers for your interest:

1.  How does the interview process work?

Choose a role that you would like to apply for and click on the “Register Interest” button.  We will send you an application form to fill in and return to us.  If your application is successful, you will be invited to interview.  The interview process is very thorough, you could be:

  • presented with information about the setting
  • asked to take a quiz
  • given a tour
  • given an opportunity to take part
  • asked to make a presentation
  • formally interviewed by a panel

Jigsaw Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Jigsaw Trust operates an Equality & Diversity Policy which complies with the Equalities Act 2010.


2.  How many people work at Jigsaw?

Jigsaw Trust employs over 120 staff across its businesses.


3.  What are the term dates for Jigsaw CABAS® School?

Our school term is slightly longer than most maintained schools.   You can review term dates by visiting our main school website at: Jigsaw School


4.  Where is Jigsaw School located?

Jigsaw School is located on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh in Surrey.   For a map, please visit our Contact page


5.  When was Jigsaw established?

The Jigsaw Trust opened Jigsaw CABAS® School in September 1999 as an independent day school for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is one of a few schools in the UK offering a structured programme of intensive intervention based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).   In 2012, the Trust opened Jigsaw Plus adult provision and the Centre for Lifelong Learning.  Jigsaw Plus provides further vocational, educational and wellbeing services for adults with autism and related disabilities.


6.  What is CABAS®?

CABAS® stands for The Comprehensive Application of Behaviour Analysis to Schooling a research-driven system-wide approach providing individualised programmes for children and young people with and without disabilities. It was developed by R. Douglas Greer PhD and colleagues of Teachers College, Columbia University over 35 years ago. As a CABAS school our goals are to accelerate children’s learning, the ability to learn in new ways, and to acquire the ability to learn independently. It is also as important that children learn to expand their community of reinforcers, or passionate interests, as it is to teach them to do things they could not do without special instruction. You can read more on the School’s Teaching & Learning pages or download the ‘What is CABAS’ leaflet from our Documents & Policies page here on this website.


7.  What is ABA?

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a structured teaching programme built on a discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behaviour. It is described in more detail within our Prospectus that can be found on our Documents & Policies page here on this website.


8.  Does Jigsaw have an Ofsted report?

Jigsaw School has been recognised as “OUTSTANDING” at our Ofsted inspections in 2010 and again in 2013. Our 2013 Report can be found on our Reports & Policies pages of the School site.


9.  What additional expertise do you have at Jigsaw?

Across the School and Jigsaw Plus we have a number of BCBAs (Board Certified Behaviour Analysts). All of our teaching staff work through the CABAS® training programme and we have over 20 certified behaviour analysts with the CABAS® Board working across the School and Jigsaw Plus. In addition we have regular visiting CABAS® Consultants including Senior Behaviour Analysts and Research Scientists plus a Therapy Team consisting of two Occupational Therapists and two Speech & Language Therapists.



10.  What are the Benefits of working at Jigsaw?

Jigsaw Trust offers the following benefits to all employees:

  • Employer Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Eye Care Scheme
  • Comprehensive tailored study programme
  • Minimum 20 Days Holiday
  • Onsite Car Parking
  • Sainsbury’s Pre-Load shopping card
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Taste Card
  • Subsidised Café
  • and more…