SEND Personal & Academic Development Coach

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SALARY: £21,000 – £24,000 FTE

  • Actual Salary range for term time only role = £16,956 – £19,378

JOB TYPE: Permanent, term time only

HOURS: 37pw, 36 working weeks

LOCATION: Stevenage, Letchworth & Watford


At North Hertfordshire College, we put students at the heart of what we do.  We are investing in making sure all of our 16-19 year old students access the personal and academic development they need to flourish and thrive, not just in their studies with us, but in their career and higher studies.

This is a great opportunity to help us do this, and with roles available across our different subject areas, we are developing a team who will work closely with colleagues in curriculum and student services to enhance even more the good work that we do.

Our SEND Personal and Academic Development Coach role will be part of a unique team across the college who will work within Supported Studies and Springboard whilst collaborating across the college to ensure our students access the best support and a high-quality personal development curriculum.


  • Pension scheme
  • Participation in the Group’s performance related pay scheme.
  • For a full outline of benefits, click here


Who are we looking for?

Given the variety of this exciting role, we recognise that it will appeal to different types of people.  Examples might include:

  • A recent graduate who wants to take their first steps in working in education and with young people
  • Someone who currently or has previously worked with young people in different settings and who thrives on supporting them to flourish


  • A teaching qualification (CertEd, PGCE, DET, AET), or a willingness to complete relevant teacher training
  • Minimum of grade 4 (previously GCSE grade C) in maths and English
  • An understanding of the pastoral needs of the 16-19 age group
  • Confidence and personal presence in order to lead sessions with students
  • An ability to engage and motivate students
  • Strong collaborator who easily builds relationships with colleagues
  • Good communication and presentation skills, written and verbal
  • Good levels of digital literacy
  • Resilient and flexible, able to adapt and manage different priorities
  • Able to handle sensitive situations related to student support and be able to signpost appropriately


Training or experience in the following areas:

  • Wellbeing
  • Mental health
  • Academic support
  • Safeguarding

Experience of working with young people in a college, school or university setting

Teaching experience

Educated to a minimum of level 4 (foundation degree)


What might a week look like for a Personal and Academic Development Coach?

Your week will be varied and be different dependent on the time of the year.  In a typical week you will find yourself:

  • Delivering sessions face to face and online
  • Working on a 1-2-1 basis or small group basis with students who need additional academic support

What will the role entail?

This is an exciting and varied role that will have responsibility for a range of areas.  You will be connected to Supported Studies and Springboard, whilst also being part of the wider personal and academic development team across the college.

Academic skills

Provide 1-2-1 and small group academic tutoring to students.  This might include providing targeted support to students who need intervention to support them achieving.

Keeping our students safe, healthy and well

You will deliver core tutorial content related to keeping safe, healthy and well including Prevent, safeguarding and healthy relationships.  You will work with your colleagues in the team to develop impactful sessions and work with students throughout the year to provide refreshers.  To support you with this, you will receive in-depth training on these key topics, with a particular focus on mental health and safeguarding lead information.

Accessing resources

To support the academic and personal development of our students, they will access some tailored online learning throughout their course.  You will work with the curriculum teams to identify the appropriate online learning for them and support students to complete this.




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    The Hart Learning Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

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    Please note these vacancies may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.

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