Frequently Asked Questions…

Jigsaw Trust is a UK registered charity, set up in 1999. The Trust is committed to raising awareness of autism and to providing facilities, services and resources for the education, integration, guidance, assessment, outreach and support of people affected by autism. The Trust initially set up jigsaw School for children with autism, offering up to 65 places for children aged 4-19 years. In 2012 the Trust opened JigsawPlus Centre for Lifelong Learning for young adults with autism aged 18+ years. Additionally, Jigsaw has opened Café on the Park, a social enterprise offering a café and catering service to tenants and visitors to Dunsfold Park.
In total, Jigsaw Trust has just under 200 staff spread across Jigsaw School, JigsawPlus, Jigsaw's Trust Shared Services Team and Café on the Park.
Behaviour analysis 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.
CABAS® stands for The Comprehensive Application of Behaviour Analysis to Schooling and it seeks to develop and expand a learner-driven science of teaching for all children. 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. CABAS® was developed by R. Douglas Greer PhD and colleagues of Teachers College, Columbia University over 35 years ago and research has shown that over 4-7 times more learning is achieved compared to more traditional approaches to teaching. Jigsaw is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Greer as its Senior CABAS® Consultant.
It takes between one and three years depending on an individual's progress and ability.
Jigsaw School has been recognised as "OUTSTANDING" at our last three Ofsted inspections, in 2010, 2013 and again in 2016. Our 2016 Report can be found on our main School website on the Reports and Policies page.
For safeguarding reasons, across the Trust, we are unable to accept only CVs and covering letters. All candidates must complete an application form which can be found alongside each vacancy posted as well as on the Application Page of this website. All positions require an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and proof of qualifications.
Yes, all staff and volunteers are required to have an enhanced DBS check. The cost of this will be paid for by Jigsaw.
Yes, Jigsaw offers some work experience opportunities (minimum of one week commitment). All work experience candidates must apply with an application form, however, if you are interested in applying for work experience, please contact a member of our HR department in the first instance - 01483 273874 or email: [email protected]
Jigsaw often has volunteer opportunities available across the Charity, for example, minibus driving, gardening, resource management and office administration. Flexibility can be offered with regard to days and hours, however, consistency in days and timings would be required. If you are interested in applying as a volunteer, please visit the Application Form page on this website.
Jigsaw Trust offers the opportunity to join the School as part of the teaching team for up to 1 year as a paid internship. The minimum period is 3 months. Please see our vacancies page for details.
Jigsaw offers an excellent in-house training programme enabling individuals to develop further within the field of special needs and education. There are clear career pathways with opportunities for professional development, including funding for training. For staff who wish to join us within Finance, HR, Marketing, PR, Fundraising and Administrative roles, we offer support with professional accreditations as well as an array of additional courses. For more on training pathways available at Jigsaw, please visit the Training page on this site.
If you have completed the required PGCE and have relevant knowledge of working in a mainstream school following UK National Curriculum (1 year), you may apply to join our QTS team, if we have a vacancy. For staff already employed as a CABAS® teacher, having completed the PGCE, they would be required to complete a minimum of 60 components of the CABAS® Teacher I rank and also demonstrate that they meet the Teacher Standards via their class practice and Teaching & Learning Observations. We would also expect to see them taking on additional responsibilities such as leasing planning, observations and organising events. Once this is completed, if roles are available, then they can be considered for interview.
Jigsaw offers a wide range of fantastic staff benefits. For more details, please visit the Benefits page on this website.
Jigsaw School is an independent school which operates across three terms with 44 days leave per annum plus 8 statutory bank holidays. The terms are slightly longer than in a mainstream school setting.
Jigsaw is located on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh in Surrey. At present, this is its only location in the UK. For a map, please visit our Contact page.
Dunsfold Park is not accessible by public transport and you will need to be able to travel to Dunsfold Park independently. Staff also car share.
The nearest station is Guildford mainline station. Guildford station is approximately 12 miles away and it is a 25 minute drive from the station to Dunsfold Park. Horsham mainline station is to the South and is 13 miles away, about a 30 minute drive.
Yes, there is lots of free parking available on site.
If you have any questions or require further information about careers at Jigsaw, please don't hesitate to contact the HR Dept by email at: [email protected] or telephone number: 01483 273874.