Downland School caters for pupils from year 6 to year 11 (age 10 – 16). The majority of our pupils are working below Age Related Expectations (ARE). In some instances, there are significant gaps in learning. Additionally, all our pupils have a SEN profile and access to learning is even more of a challenge.
As a school we place a strong focus and invest heavily on the core skills, qualities and attributes required to be a successful adult in society and to develop the skills for an individual to become a lifelong learner. Literacy and numeracy acquisition is paramount as is an understanding of self, community and the wider world.
Grade: I - 37 hours per week / 39 weeks per year
Main Purpose of the post:
To support the Head of SEND in undertaking all statutory duties in relation to education health and care plans (EHCPs). Be the key point of contact for families and wider professionals ensuring that a pupil’s plan leads to securing high quality outcomes. Play a key role within the schools SEND / Pastoral multidisciplinary team (MDT) supporting and advising colleagues regarding all aspects of multiagency internal and external work e.g. TAC meetings / PEPs.
Key duties and responsibilities (include but are not limited to)
- The School SEND Lead worker will act as a point of regular and consistent contact for pupils with SEND and their families
- Ensure the appropriate arrangement of services and advice, support and guidance is readily available and accessible for families
- Co-ordinate practitioners and services around the pupil and their family
- Engage with specialist professionals e.g. social workers / Educational Psychologists and OT, involving them as required to support the provision requirements from the EHCP. Ensure other agencies are robustly held to account and all school systems are reviewed regularly
- Develop and implement SEND policies and strategies, which reflect the schools’ commitment to high achievement of all students and which identify clear targets, timescales and success criteria in line with the School Development Plan
- Facilitate a well co-ordinated review process and single holistic person centred plan that focuses on the child or young person’s educational, health and social care needs in line with the Education Act 2011 and when appropriate the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 and other legislation and organisational policy and reviews
- Ensure that each need identified in the EHCP, and associated outcomes in the plan are fully reviewed annually. Fully enable young people and their families to express their views within the review and make necessary amendments to plans as circumstances change
- Be responsible for reviewing and making amendments to EHCPs in agreement with young people, families and other stake holders. Ensure that all statutory timelines are met and follow up that corrections and amendments are implemented
- The SEND Lead worker will work with school colleagues to support all aspects of inclusion within the school. To work in close partnership with the Pastoral Team within the school under the direction of the Head of SEND, securing best outcomes for pupils
- To provide advice, support and guidance for school staff and families on SEND related matters and deliver CPDL on specific SEND matters as required (fully supported by the Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and the Head of SEND)
- Raise the quality and effectiveness of inclusive practice for example by developing and delivering training in response to government initiatives and identified needs in key-working, working in partnership and person centred thinking
Please ensure you read the attached job description and person specification for full details.
To apply, you should submit a letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 with your application form addressing the requirements of the post, as outlined in the Job Description and the Person Specification provided. We are particularly interested in how you would undertake this role at Downland School and about your relevant skills, qualities and experience to date.
Applications received without a supporting letter will not be considered and CVs will not be accepted.
If you do not hear from us by Thursday 8th July 2021, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.
Interview date to be confirmed.
Downland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please note that this appointment is subject to enhanced DBS, medical and reference checks before appointment is confirmed.