Special Educational Needs (SEND) Adviser (x3) – Herts for Learning

Special Educational Needs (SEND) Adviser (x3) – Herts for Learning


Band 6 – FTE £50,000 - £55,000 p.a. (pro-rata for part-time hours) based on appropriate skills and experience

Date Ending

April 20, 2022


Contract: 1 x Permanent; 2 x Fixed Term – 3-year contract


Hours:   Full-time at 37 hours per week (part-time hours will be considered), 52 weeks per year


Salary:   Band 6 – FTE £50,000 – £55,000 p.a. (pro-rata for part-time hours) based on appropriate skills and experience


Location: Remote working with flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties if needed, with an opportunity to work up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire if desired. There will be times (such as team meetings) where you will be expected to be in the office.


Are you an experienced special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) with outstanding classroom practice and success as a senior leader?

Could you play a vital role in improving outcomes and the life chances of children and young people with SEND?


This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about improving outcomes and the life chances of children and young people with SEND.


At Herts for Learning, we believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live, their background or circumstances.


If you believe in the capacity of all learners to achieve great outcomes and you want to make a positive contribution to the quality of SEN provision in mainstream schools, we would love to hear from you.


We are seeking a candidate whose current post may be within a school, a trust, a teaching hub, a local authority, or an organisation providing services to educational settings, with experience of delivering impactful professional development activities within your own school and beyond.


As a current or more recently experience Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) with outstanding classroom practice and success as a senior leader, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to enable you to support, monitor and challenge mainstream schools and school leaders across all phases. Whilst also prepared to make a significant contribution to the traded income of the team.

The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years and successful experience of supporting teachers and other educational practitioners to improve outcomes for learners with SEND.


You will have high quality written and oral communication skills and work well as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills combined with a high level of problem-solving and creative thinking skills are essential prerequisites for the role.


You will be able to organise and prioritise your own workload, be flexible and prepared to travel to trusts and schools as needed throughout Hertfordshire. The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required


As the UK’s largest School Company, we operate as a social enterprise on a not-for-profit basis and we are a leading provider of school improvement and business support services, training and resources, that enable schools, settings and trusts to deliver a great education. You can find out more about us here.


This is a great opportunity to join an expanding team and to have a significant impact on the quality of education for pupils with SEND across a wide range of settings.


Benefits: We offer a competitive salary, a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, company performance bonus, benefits schemes for discounts and cashback offers, professional development opportunities, family-friendly policies, and hybrid working.


Full role details and the criteria for applying are on our website and you can contact our Central Recruitment Team with any queries at hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk.


SEND Adviser Job Outline 2022

How to Apply

This advert closes on Wednesday 20 April 2022 at midday.

Screening Interview on Thursday 5 May 2022 early evening via MS Teams

Face to Face Interviews on Monday 16 May 2022 in Stevenage

With a start date of Thursday 1st September 2022


If you feel this role reflects your next opportunity but would like an informal discussion to find out more, you can also contact Louise Barrell in our team, on 07741 500587 or via email at louise.barrell@hertsforlearning.co.uk


If you’re ready to apply, download and complete HfL Application Forms along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline. Once completed, please submit your forms to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk.


We are committed towards becoming an anti-racist organisation, and our recruitment statement is set out below in support of this.


HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.