Salary: £22183 – £27741

Shift hours: Full Time

The Coventry Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Support Service exists to deliver the aspirational challenge set to us by young people with SEND and their families: ‘To Lift the Cloud of Limitation and enable them to enjoy an ordinary life’. 

We are a creative, connected and forward-thinking service.  Together with our families and partners in schools, settings, the NHS and third sector, we have driven change that has pushed us to the cutting edge of SEND.  This includes embedding co-production across all areas of service delivery, investing in our SEND workforce, and pioneering new initiatives such as the award-nominated ‘Together We Can’ partnership group to engage Early Years children and their families and ‘My Support Plan’, a family-centred approach to understanding children’s strengths and needs and tailoring their support. 

When Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) completed a Local Area inspection of Coventry in October 2019, they commended our “genuine passion and commitment to get things right for children and young people with SEND and their families”; our respect for the “lived experiences of children and young people with SEND and their parents” and the “strong partnership between school settings and education service providers, with a high level of buy-back of specialist services”.

The SEND Early Years Team consists of specialist teachers, portage workers and complex communication specialists who provide intervention and support for children with complex special educational needs in early years from birth to 5 both in the home and early years settings.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

To support the inclusion of early years children with complex needs in mainstream schools and settings.

To provide rapid response to schools and settings for early years children with significant social and emotional needs.

To work in partnership with staff in schools/settings to support children with complex needs through modelling and coaching.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated person who has an inclusive approach to special educational needs and who can help the children in Coventry achieve their full potential.

You must have recent experience of Early Years practice in schools and have a good understanding of the EYFS framework and the SEN Code of Practice. Experience of working with children with SEND and dedicated to helping children make progress.

You will support settings and schools to help improve the social and emotional needs of the children, develop social skills, overcome barriers to learning and develop independence in children.  

We are looking for an applicant with:

  • Experience in Early Years.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Work on your own initiative
  • A proactive and positive approach.
  • Be creative, dynamic and a good communicator.
  • Experience of working with children who have social, emotional or behavioural needs
  • The ability to develop strong partnerships with professionals, families and colleagues
  • Skills and expertise to develop inclusive practice for children with SEND.

Please note the salary advertised will be pro-rata to weeks worked.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’

Interview date:  16 July 2021


Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There’s a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you’re happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We’ve created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

Reference: VPE9607746

Location: Coventry, CV4 9QX