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SEND Education Adviser 20 - 37.5 hours per week

Employer
Skylarks
Location
At home with weekly advice sessions at Skylarks in Twickenham or Hounslow
Salary
£35,000 - £40,000 (Pro Rata)
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

Job Details

SEND Education Adviser

Skylarks Charity is seeking a SEND Education Adviser who will be part of a dedicated and growing team supporting children with additional needs and their families.

 

You will provide high-quality information, advice and support to the parents or carers of children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 years in line with the SEN Code of Practice and associated legal framework. Most of our queries are in relation to Education, Health and Care plans (EHCPs) and about the legal duties of Local Authorities regarding education for children and young people with SEND. 

 

This role could be part-time or full-time. The role is for 20 - 37.5 hours per work in office hours Monday to Friday. Candidates can be flexible in the delivery of their hours (within Core Working Hours) according to the needs of the SEND Advice Service. 

 

This role is mainly home-based providing appointments with families seeking our help via Zoom/phone, with once-weekly visits to our centres in Twickenham or Hounslow to provide face-to-face appointments.

You will manage a small team and oversee the caseload.  Your line manager will provide support, guidance and additional training opportunities.

The role offers significant room for development and expansion as we continue to grow our SEND Advice Service at Skylarks.

 

 

If you have a good working knowledge of SEN Legislation, have completed IPSEA SEN Law training (levels 1-3) or have relevant experience providing support and advice to people seeking help in relation to EHCPs, SEND education and associated matters, then we would love to hear from you. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of SEND law.

 

About Skylarks Charity

Skylarks provides a supportive and active community. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be felt by families and their children who have a disability or additional needs. We are based in Richmond upon Thames but have an open-door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome! 

It’s an exciting time to join our team as we look to spread our wings, expanding to deliver to more families across the surrounding boroughs.

Our working culture

We believe that diversity of people, ideas and cultures enriches both our insights into the work we do and our relationship with each other. Being an inclusive organisation matters a lot to us. We expect you to live our organisational values.

Career opportunities

 

The post offers significant opportunities for the development and growth as the charity continues to expand our reach and grow our SEND Advice Service for children and families. Skylarks is invested in supporting the SEND Adviser to grow in their development and capacity, providing opportunities to work and train with high-profile advocates such as Fiona Slomovic of Advocacy and Mediation Consultants. The role also involves liaising and developing our good links with other education advice providers and SENDIASS services, both at local and national levels.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit: 

  • A comprehensive CV 
  • A supporting statement setting out why you are for applying for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the attached Person Specification 

Applications will be considered on receipt of application

 

To discuss the role further or apply please contact Mr Viv Sage at Better Talent, our HR Consultant, at viv@bettertalent.co.uk

Company

At Skylarks, our vision is to help create a world where children with additional needs can thrive. 

Read what it is like to work at Skylarks Charity here.

Our Story

Skylarks provides a supportive and active community. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be felt by families and their children who have a disability or additional needs. We are based in Richmond upon Thames but have an open-door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome! 

The charity was originally founded as Me too & Co by a group of parent volunteers in 2006 to fill a gap in the local community where there was a lack of support. You can read more about our founder and beginnings here. In April 2019, we rebranded and officially changed our name to Skylarks Charity (or Skylarks for short) with the support of our corporate partner Haymarket Media Group. Most recently we have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the wonderful team of dedicated volunteers we have supporting our cause. 

Over 3000 families have now registered to use our services and the list is growing! Over the past 15 years the organisation has continued to grow. We have expanded from first providing inclusive play sessions to now offering a wide range of therapies, activities and services that are often otherwise inaccessible to families. These include services such as hydrotherapy, counselling, inclusive activities like drama and karate and free advice for Special Educational Needs (SEN). 

Our independence as a charity means we are able to develop our programme in line with the needs of our families; something that has always been and remains important to us. We do not apply for or receive any statutory funding from government or local authorities.

Why Join Skylarks?

It’s an exciting time to join our team as we look to spread our wings, expanding to deliver to more families across the surrounding boroughs.

From meeting inspiring children and families to watching them grow and flourish, Aaron Guiver, managing director, describes why Skylarks is such a rewarding charity to work for. Read full story here.

Skylarks has continued to grow significantly over the last few years, with a 30% year on year increase in the number of services we deliver to families. Skylarks believe in innovating and adapting its services depending on the needs of the families we support. We have a small but dedicated team and we are always looking to add exciting new members to our inclusive team.

Check out our latest vacancies below.

Company info
Website
Telephone
07946646033
Location
306 Richmond Road
Twickenham
Richmond Upon Thames
TW1 2PD
United Kingdom

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