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Job Introduction

Have you considered a career in prison education?

A great opening has become available for a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) Tutor to join the education team at HMP Peterborough. You will provide dedicated special educational needs support for residents to increase their engagement with the regime and become aware of relevant coping strategies on offer. It is essential that you hold a full teaching and SENCO qualification for this role and have a passion for developing learners. 

HMP/YOI Peterborough is the country’s only purpose-built prison for both male and female prisoners (kept separate at all times), including a 12-place mother and baby unit. We are committed to offering education and development programmes to provide residents with the skills required to enter employment on release, so reducing the chances of further offending. Providing creative outlets, such as workshop activities, helps to equip those in custody for when they are released. We use ‘Restorative Approaches’ to bring people in conflict into dialogue. Using a skilled and structured process, those who have been harmed have an opportunity to be heard and those that have caused the harm are held to account for what they have done. We have strong links with the community outside through a variety of partnerships, including our outreach activity Outside Links’ offering support and advice to both residents and their families.

For more information on Sodexo Careers please visit Sodexo Careers and Careers in Justice

Role Responsibility

  • Work effectively and efficiently with the Learning & Skills manager and Education Manager to produce innovative and effective SENCO support
  • Effectively plan SEN sessions by preparing and using relevant data for the benefit of the learner identifying opportunities for development.
  • Ensure all relevant policies and procedures, such as Security, Health and Safety and Prisoner Welfare, are adhered to and take responsibility of the work area.
  • Identify the needs of individuals in classes and groups and develop differentiation strategies and resources accordingly.
  • Identify vulnerable residents through reception and induction by appropriate screening and develop coping strategies
  • Monitor resident engagement and maintain relevant records on appropriate IT systems
  • Assist in any marketing strategies related to courses, delivery and training within normal work hours and out of normal work hours.
  • Monitor take-up of SEN sessions and employ strategies to increase take-up to ensure maximum attendance.
  • Monitor attendance of learners reporting any difficulties to your Line Manager
  • Attend team meetings to evaluate progress and promote good practice and attend all staff meetings, which will include giving feedback on sessions and ideas for development of delivery practice and the Department generally
  • Establish a rapport with residents to encourage them to take their first steps in learning and establish coping mechanisms to achieve their potential
  • Contribute to course reviews and setting and monitoring action plans

The Ideal Candidate


  • Full teaching qualification (Minimum of PGCE or QTLS)
  • SENCO Qualification
  • Essential skills and experience
  • Experience of delivering effective interventions for learners
  • Have an interest in the rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders.
  • Reflective practitioner who seeks to improve the outcomes for learners
  • Have an ability to communicate effectively at all times through different mediums, including spoken and written communication.
  • Experience in strategic planning and self-evaluation of SEN delivery
  • Detailed understanding of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Detailed experience of Healthcare and its link to SEN


  • Previous SENCO experience
  • Experience in a prison environment

Package Description

37.5 hours per week

Benefits including 38 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays),pension, discounted health cover, subsidised gym membership, free meals on duty and free on-site parking

Salary £25,320.96 - £29,858.52 per annum

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity  disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation. 

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

Please note all roles within Sodexo Justice are subject to security and recruitment checks which may include a Social Media Check. You will also be asked to provide 5 years’ worth of references and request employment history details from the HMRC.



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