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SEND Progression Programme Manager

Richmond upon Thames, London + WFH
Up to £38k (pro-rata) per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Skylarks Charity is looking for a SEND Progression Programme Manager to lead its Employment and Skills Programmes (Spread Young Wings). This role focuses on improving the career development and employment prospects of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The role is critical to building and leading our employability offer for young people ages 12-25.

Reporting to the Operations Manager and working alongside the wider team, you will lead the development of the programmes for the charity. The Spread Your Wings Programmes provide a range of careers, life and work skills training delivered in schools, in person and online, across Richmond and South West London, and the UK.

This role is remotely based, but applicants are expected to have the flexibility to regularly travel to Richmond and the surrounding areas to carry out the role. 

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


You will be required to: 

  • Manage and continue to build the Spread Your Wings Employment and Skills Programmes offer. 
  • Deliver workshops across the programmes in-schools or online.
  • Deliver the Spread Your Wings Career Coaching Parent Programme to support parents in identifying and overcoming barriers for their children;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with schools and local authorities to engage within the programmes.
  • Contribute to Skylarks’ Operations team and relevant internal meetings
  • Manage the team of external trainers who deliver the Spread Your Wings programmes
  • Manage and build supplier relationships, developing and maintaining the offer for young people.
  • Manage recruitment, admissions and enrolment of all young people on the programmes.
  • Manage programme bookings, registers, attendance and retention ensuring accurate data is maintained and can be used for measuring quality.
  • Develop employer engagement to support the offer by working with the Corporate Partnerships team.
  • Work with the Marketing Team to market and promote the Spread Your Wings programmes.
  • Lead on the review and evaluation of the programme offer, as part of a quality cycle - listening to the needs of users and the employment sector. 


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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.

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306 Richmond Road
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