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Outdoor Learning Instructor (Bank) - Magdalen Court School (Exeter) - £120 per day

Outdoor Learning Instructor - Bank

Magdalen Court School


(Exeter, Devon)

£120 per day (depending on experience)


Magdalen Court School

Has a purpose built site in the centre of Exeter, with excellent facilities. We are a small SEND school, with about 80 pupils & 40 staff, supporting children in KS2-5, with comorbid learning challenges. We particularly focus on children who have low self-esteem & provide a highly individualized nurturing curriculum designed to re-engage them with education & build their confidence. We have a highly qualified & dedicated team of staff who are passionate about the education we provide these children. All our children have EHCP’s

What is our Adventure Curriculum?
Our Adventure curriculum is child led, aiming to allow children to undertake real challenges and risks, to manage and assess danger, learn to self regulate, organise, build social and emotional skills and perseverance, improve mental health, immerse themselves in a non-competitive environment, to follow nature's calendar, and most of all to have FUN.
The programme provides a chance to come out of our heads, away from square rooms & square screens, with no exams, tests, or written work, giving the children the opportunity to reconnect with the planet that sustains them.
We aim to engage all the senses. The children will experience a plethora of natural habitats from the wild Atlantic coast, to the sheltered beaches on the South coast, and from the open moorland to broadleaf and coniferous forests. Our programme is jam-packed and includes activities from pond-dipping to rockpooling, wild swimming to surfing, sailing to skiing.
Our outdoor ethos is simple: Every day is a gift so precious, let's Belong, Believe, Achieve- and have a wonderful Adventure!

Initially we are looking for someone to cover maternity leave, but  we also require staff that are available for ad hoc sessions throughout the year, to cover sickness/training & provide additional support for expeditions


Ideally you should have previous centre/school experience and hold relevant National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications. A current first aid qualification & driving licence is essential for this role.


Main responsibilities

Plan and resource activities:

Devise, plan and prepare activity content to meet programme needs.

Report tracking and monitoring information at the end of each session.

Follow risk assessments and health and safety planning.

Ensuring all activities are carried out within Standard Operating Guidelines.

Liaise & work with teaching staff & Outdoor Ed. staff in school


Deliver activities:

Deliver safe and effective activities in accordance with programme aims.

Provide briefings to programme participants, explaining and demonstrating activity content as appropriate.

Keep activity records as appropriate.

Ensure the welfare and safety of participants.

Be responsible for personal health and safety and be conversant with current legislation relevant to the safe running of activities/programmes.

Undertake the regular checking and maintenance of equipment as necessary.



Basic safeguarding qualification. (essential but can be taken with us)

Full Enhanced DBS Certificate.  (essential but can be taken with us)

Driving licence (D1 or PSV advantageous, but not essential)

Experience working with children with additional needs

Ability to remain calm in difficult situations and identify solutions to problems


Qualifications in these area would be useful, but not essential:

British Canoeing Paddlesports Instructor (or equivalent qualification)

A walking qualification such as Sports Leader Lowland Expedition Leader/ MT Lowland Leader/ MT Mountain Leader

MIAS level 2/ British Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Level 2 Instructor

Forest Schools Leader L3

SPA / CWA / ERCA Ropes Course instructor

Bushcraft, campcraft and woodland craft skills.

Food Hygiene qualification.

.Good knowledge of ecological processes.  


Personal qualities:




Team player.

Flexible, and willing to work in the fast-paced and constantly changing environment.

Conscientious and responsible.

Supportive, able to enthuse others and maintain a professional image.


Contact: John 


Closing Date:


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