SEN Youth Worker – Grade 8

We are delighted to offer this exciting opportunity for an inspirational and highly motivated SEN Youth Worker to join our very talented team. This is a full time, temporary post until July 2022, with a view to becoming a permanent post after.

You will be based in our secondary NAS accredited Autism Provision- Ashton House and work alongside a talented team of SEND professionals led by one of our Assistant Heads, to support the smooth running of the curriculum. You will be skilled at implementing restorative practices and recognise the power of a therapeutic approach to provide life-learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom. You will have high expectations and the skills to remove barriers to engagement and learning no matter what the students starting point and you will have experience and skill in meeting the needs of students with a range of Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, specifically those with communication and interaction needs.

Further to this, you will have experience of organising and facilitating personalised packages of support to young people who have previously found accessing the curriculum within school and positively engaging with the wider community challenging. These packages of support will include having utilised community-based opportunities to enthuse and inspire young people who may have previously struggled to find their place within the world.

We want a candidate who can work flexibly at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  

Your work will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and you will be working in a school where we maintain a strong safeguarding culture, where pupils are listened to, respected and involved in as many decisions as possible.

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. You will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference. Applications are welcome from qualified Youth Workers or those with relevant qualifications/experience. The ideal candidate will be ambitious, passionate and committed and will want to help make a profound positive difference to our school community. 

Closing Date for applications: 29th November 2021

Interview date: TBC

We warmly welcome an informal visit or a conversation prior to application. Please send your completed application form and covering letter addressed to the Headteacher Rosalind Hopkins; Birch Wood School, Grange Drive, Melton Mowbray, or email

Birch Wood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.