Autism in Schools Co-ordinator

We're recruiting for an Autism in Schools Coordinator. Closing date is 25th March 2024.

To Apply: Please send your CV to

POST: Autism in Schools Co-ordinator

Hours: (Term time only) 36 hours per week

Term: Fixed term contract of 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to securing funding

Salary: £26,000 Full Time Equivalent Actual salary £22,334 (Based on 39 weeks of work and 5.6 weeks paid annual leave)

Location: Homebased with regular travel within Hampshire

Reporting to: Directors

Who we are?

BRAAIN is a small organisation, set up by parents of children with special needs for parents of children with special needs. BRAAIN aims to help parents navigate their way through the information and support there is available. We do this via a information line that runs 6hours per week, answering questions via email and running a monthly support group.

In addition, we’re about to begin working on the Autism in Schools project. A project that will improve the communication between parents of autistic children and school staff.

Introduction to the role

Autism in Schools is a national pilot project that aims to develop new ways of supporting autistic children and their parents in the school setting. The project is funded by NHS England and aims to improve outcomes for autistic pupils in mainstream schools. The project has four main elements: building relationships and networks of support for school staff, health and social care professionals, parent/carers and Autistic children and young people.

Purpose of the role

BRAAIN’s focus for the Autism in Schools project is setting up and managing the parent forums. The Autism in Schools Coordinator role will ensure the parent groups are set up in the identified schools, manage the parent forums and be the conduit between the parents, with the aim of improving the mainstream school environment in both secondary and primary settings for autistic children and young people.

·        Setup and manage creation of parent/carer hubs within each involved school

·        Develop and improve relationships between whole school and parent/carers of autistic children

·        Actively participate in developmental elements of the project

·        Coordinate project activities with the project team

Main responsibilities

·        Setup the parent forums in each of the identified schools. There are 12 schools in total in the Winchester, Eastleigh, Romsey, Test Valley area of Hampshire. These groups will be a mixture of virtual and in person depending on the needs of the school. Each school should be visited once per half term so you’ll be visiting schools twice per week.

·        Ongoing management of the parent forums with a view to developing the group to be self managed by the end of the year

·        Identify key themes that are raised within the parent forums and communicate these to the school

·        Attend learning walks with the school staff and an agreed parent representative to understand how the school is currently working with autistic children/young people

·        Actively participate in the project meetings with our partners working on the project. This will involve regular virtual calls with the group

·        Co-ordinate the project activities for the group. This will include setting up the monthly project update meetings, taking minutes and actions and sharing these with the group.

We looking for someone with:

·        Outstanding organisation and planning skills (essential)

·        Excellent communication skills (essential)

·        A high degree of self motivation to work on own initiative (Essential)

·        Lived experience of Autism/ADHD or being a parent with an autistic child or a child with ADHD (Desirable)

·        Knowledge of Special Educational Needs (Essential)

·        Experience of working in a charity/not for profit (desirable)


Suitable applicant will receive

A work laptop & phone

Mileage as per government guidelines for travel

Contribution to a pension scheme Employee pension contributions are 5% of the qualifying earning (with 20% of tax relief, which means only 4% of deduction in respect to pension contribution)


Employer pension contribution is 3% of the qualifying earning.


 If you'd like an informal chat about the role, please email

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