Special Education Needs and Disability Coordinator

Special Education Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo)
Red Balloon of the Air

Location: Danbury, Essex.

Hours: Permanent, Part-time, 24 Hours Week, Over 3 Days

Salary: Up to £30,000k Pro Rata

Preferable Start Date: 7th June 2021 (Could be delayed until September 2021).

Who is Red Balloon of the Air?

Red Balloon of the Air (RBAir) provides academic and therapeutic programmes for young people aged 11 -21 who are unable to access mainstream schooling. Students are encouraged to make decisions and gradually take control of their own learning, thereby building their self-confidence so that they can return to appropriate mainstream, specialist education, training or employment.

The students at RBAir often join the programme following difficult experiences with peers, education or health professionals, and/or their families. Many students have experienced mental illness. Students follow a blended programme of online learning and face to face social interaction opportunities and support. Staff at RBAir aim to provide access to positive academic learning experiences alongside wellbeing support for students. Success in both is inextricably linked.

Find out more about RBAir here.


Due to an increase in student numbers who have EHC Plans, RBAir is seeking an experienced and qualified SENDCo to join our team on a permanent, part-time basis at our Danbury, Essex centre. This is a truly rewarding role, as you will directly contribute to ensuring that our young people receive the support they need to achieve their potential.

As the Special Education Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) you will be jointly responsible with the Lead SENDCo for ensuring that all RBAir students have access to learning experiences that match their needs. You will have specific responsibility for those students with, or requiring, EHC plans predominantly in the Essex/Suffolk areas.

As the SENDCo, you’ll be an experienced teacher with a CCET qualification (Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing), AAC qualification ( Access Arrangements Course), the equivalent of the CPT3A (Level 7) award and have a passion for supporting pupils with special educational needs.

Working closely with senior colleagues, you’ll use your leadership skills to manage provision within RBAir and will provide support to other teachers. You will identify each student’s needs and ensure all relevant staff have an accurate breakdown of these needs whilst working alongside the Transitions Lead to ensure future plans are in place for all students with EHCPs. You will ensure that all reviews for students are managed efficiently and support RBAir staff continuous professional development.

The post is based at our Danbury Centre near Chelmsford, Essex, but regular travel will also be required to our main office location in Milton, Cambridge to meet with the SEN team. Travel to a student’s home and attendance at MDT meetings will also be expected. Travel expenses will be payable to enable the successful candidate to fulfil the role’s requirements.

Accountable to: Lead SENDCo and Essex Provision Lead.

Liaisons: SEN Assistant, Lead SENDCo, teaching staff, wellbeing staff, administrators, headteacher, senior leadership team, transitions manager, parents, students, local authority, external agencies

Travel: Travel will be an integral part of the role to both our offices, including attending the main office at Winship House, Milton, Cambridge, although the designated place of work will be Danbury. All travel costs will be claimed through expenses.

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Apply now

To apply for this position please complete an online application form.

If you would like to discuss the role further prior to applying, please contact Brooke.hornby@group.rblc.org.uk

Interview Process

Interviews will be held online by Lead SENDCo and Essex Provision Lead and will be held on Wednesday the 17th March.
We welcome applicants to arrange to visit our sites which have covid safe processes in place.

Closing date:

Closing Date : 5th March 2021

Interviews will be held online on Wednesday the 17th March 2021

Red Balloon of the Air is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires the successful candidate to commit to this. The person appointed will be subjected to an enhanced DBS check.

Red Balloon of the Air is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, marital status.

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