SOHK Cymru Behavioural support

£24,800 per annum

The Behaviour Specialist will work alongside SOHK rugby coaches to lead on the non-sporting activities of the SOHK for Schools Programme delivery in our partner schools across South Wales. This includes group workshops, one-to-one mentoring and liaising with school staff. This role is centred around helping the pupils we work with increase their wellbeing and self-awareness; ultimately to take responsibility for the areas of their lives that are directly within their control.

SOHK for Schools is a 3-year intervention, working with 3 groups of around 20 secondary school aged pupils in each school daily as a part of a delivery team of four. The pupils will be chosen by the school and will typically be those not currently reaching their potential. We will work with the same young people every week, delivering rugby training, personal development workshops and 1:1 mentoring sessions. The programme will be evaluated by SOHK staff, teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.

Key responsibilities

To support the wider SOHK for schools programme, Cymru by:

  • Being involved in delivering the SOHK mentoring programme, on a 1:1 basis and in a whole group setting.
  • Working with the senior behavioural specialist to creating new group mentoring sessions around the core principles of School of Hard Knocks, (Confidence, Communication, Commitment, Cohesion and Control) that suit the needs of the group.
  • Plan, facilitate and deliver wellbeing and personal development group sessions.
  • Providing information and advice to enable pupils to make positive choices.
  • Providing feedback to pupils and school staff in relation to progress, achievements, behaviours and attendance.
  • Assisting in the monitoring and evaluating of the programmes impact on all pupils on the course
  • Being an advocate for equality and inclusion.
  • Understanding, and complying with, policies and procedures relating to child protection; health and safety; confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to the programme’s manager and safeguarding lead.
  • Coordinating with SOHK’s Behaviour Specialists working in other regions to ensure best practice and share ideas, skills and information.
  • Safeguarding children effectively- using SOHK and school’s policies, referring concerns appropriately to the SOHK and school leads.
  • Being committed to continuous professional development in all relevant areas relating to the improvement of wellbeing and supporting the development of young people.

Experience and skills


  • Experience of delivering interventions to improve the wellbeing of young people.
  • Experience of delivering workshops or lessons to a large group of young people.
  • Knowledge & understanding of the developmental stages of children and young people and appropriate intervention approaches.
  • Ability to build rapport with young people with a variety of emotional needs.
  • Proven skills and experience in engaging with young people presenting with challenging behaviour
  • Ability to deal with exposure to distressing information.
  • Be able to communicate a positive, caring attitude, and actively listen to the child or young person and others involved in their care.
  • Maintaining & enhancing effective working relationships with SOHK and school staff.
  • Understanding of Safeguarding best practice, including how and when to disclose information.
  • Ability to tailor your delivery style to meet the needs of the students on the course


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant professional discipline (e.g. teaching, social work, psychology, occupational therapy)
  • Knowledge of rugby and the benefits it has for young people

Person specification

  • You will be extremely driven and passionate to deliver the charity’s objectives, in line with its values of Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment and Commitment.
  • You will be full of enthusiasm and positive energy and a great role model to those on our courses. You will have a growth mindset, always ready to accept new challenges.

Package and Benefits

  • One year fixed term contract with a starting salary of £24,800 gross per annum.It is our intention to offer a contract extension to high performing individual and review pay in- line our promotion of continuous professional development in this area.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Innovative approach to staff wellbeing
  • 3% employer pension contributions
  • Generous paid leave allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays
  • Dynamic, entrepreneurial working environment with flexible approach to working hours and locations where possible

Application details

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday the 20th of August 2021.

Please send a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Schools Behaviour support Application’

Interviews will take place on the afternoon of the 25th of August. Please keep this day free in your diary.

Preferred start date is 8th of September.

A Disclosure and Barring Service / PVG check will be required for successful candidates and the job is dependent on suitable references