No day is the same for an Autism Practitioner, whether you are baking with a young person, heading out on a community trip or reading them a bed time story, this role enables you to be a crucial role model in a young person’s life.

In other organisations this role has the title 'Support Worker' but we train our support staff to be highly skilled in caring for young people with severe autism and therefore our support staff have the title 'Autism Practitioner'. We are looking for people to join our dedicated team of Autism Practitioners working Friday - Sunday to provide positive learning experiences for young people and help transform lives.

We also have vacancies for full time Autism PractitionersFlexible Autism Practitioners and Night Autism Practitioners

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Key information:
Salary: £10,830 – £13,110 (based on 3 shifts or 21 hours a week), depending on relevant qualifications, skills and experience
Hours: Friday - Sunday; between 3-5 shifts a week
Contract type: Permanent
Job description: Autism Practitioner job description
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Prior's Court was set up by Founding Patron Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose vision of a centre of excellence for children with autism became reality with the opening of Prior's Court School in 1999. We have since grown to support around 90 young people with autism aged between 5-25 years with the opening of Prior's Court Young Adult Provision in 2011.

Since opening, our support team has grown from around 20 to 600 and we have built a reputation as a leading edge educational, vocational, and residential facility for young people with autism. Working with our young people can be challenging but extremely rewarding. Hear from our staff who are passionate about the difference they make.


Everything that we achieve at Prior's Court is down to the commitment, dedication and specialised practice demonstrated by our incredible team of Autism Practitioners.

No day is the same for an Autism Practitioner, whether you are working with a young person within the school, heading out on a community trip or reading a bed time story, this role enables you to be a crucial role model in a young person’s life.

We are looking for people with an interest in or experience of working in a care environment, who are passionate about providing a positive learning environment for young people and are ambitious to build a career in care.

For those who are not experienced in care, we offer a comprehensive, free training programme including hands on experience working alongside experienced and senior team members. We have colleagues who completely changed their career to come and work with us and now thoroughly enjoy how rewarding it can be supporting our young people.

If you already have lots of experience as a care worker, support worker, special needs practitioner or carer, you will still have access to ongoing training and a salary to match your relevant experience.

Whatever your experience, we provide access to free ongoing training throughout your career at Prior's Court and opportunities to progress your career with us.

Shift patterns

We operate a rota based on a rolling pattern of early and late shifts throughout 52 weeks of the year. We are looking for people to join our team covering between 3 - 5 shifts per week from Friday - Sunday only. Our early shift starts at 7.00am and finishes at 3.45pm and our late shift starts at 3.15pm and finishes 10.00pm.

For more details, please contact us: 01635 245928 or [email protected]


Our Autism Practitioners are the key to the progress and achievements of young people at Prior’s Court and we aim to make them feel valued and supported. Our thorough training and induction programme will ensure you have the support, skills and tools you need to deliver quality care for each young person. We will even support you to complete your HABC Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) (RQF) if you are not yet qualified - a statutory requirement for a career in childcare. Many of our staff members become experts in supporting those with autism and are able to progress to more senior roles. Find out more about what a career at Prior's Court is like and the career pathways available within our teams.

Learn more about working at Prior's Court including the benefits we offer, our beautiful working environment and more about how you can make a difference as part of the Prior's Court team:

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Read through the application documents below, then complete an expression of interest form. Someone from the recruitment team will be in touch with you within 3 working days.  You can read about our application process in detail here.

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All positions at the school are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references. Prior’s Court Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.