SENDCo & Assistant Principal
Pay: £31,000 - £40,000 (depending on experience)
This role would suit someone who has recently gained the national qualification for SENDCo.
Due to the nature of our school this post will allow you to experience parts of the role, growing and developing your skills, whilst avoiding the whole role on offer in other settings. We have 20 young people all with anxiety needs, several of whom also have SALT, OT and other requirements within their EHP. In terms of SEND diagnosis there is a huge variety; ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, PD but a common thread of poor mental health.
All students have EHCPs at Arun Court, so the large and often stressful process of application is not required. We have excellent pastoral and mental health leadership, so the role in our setting is very much centred around expertise in ASD, Developmental Delay and Language Needs as well as supporting English and Literacy skills across the school. You will need to feel confident teaching English to Functional skills 2, whilst also having a secure knowledge of early literacy development and aspects such as phonics in order to support colleagues effectively.
If you are also new to leadership, the support of a strong SLT will also help you to develop key management skills as part of a team. Both of the departing SEND and English leaders have strong, consultancy level experience, so will be able to provide a supportive transition period of up to 1 term. Both areas are in a very strong place to be taken over.
What does the role entail?
• Teaching small groups of students (Mainly English, but some maths and topic) who have significant developmental and cognitive delay in years 7 to 9 using your excellent ASD and MLD knowledge. Some of this teaching will also involve demonstrating key skills to support staff.
• Supporting with timetables to ensure that all SEN entitlements are met
• Leading a proportion of the regular pathway meetings (our version of IEPs)
• Delivering parent and staff training on specialist SEN areas, theory and strategies
• Preparing reports on the cognitive progress of young people and strategies relating to their diagnosis. Reporting to the governing body on this and the effectiveness of training, parent support and strategies you will be leading. When necessary, also sharing this with OFSTED and visiting LEA Alternative Provision Inspectors.
• Keeping excellent records of pupil achievement and attainment. Carrying out academic diagnostic testing to support this in line with the ethos and resources used by the school.
• To work very closely with the Associate Principal who is responsible for the pastoral care and emotional well-being of students, along with their development in a range of multiple intelligences beyond the 'academic' curriculum. To work with, and be answerable to, the Principal of School ensuring that teaching and provision for those with SEND is excellent, and to help shape individual curriculums that ensure rapid progress but through enjoyment and personal development of the student.
As a school leader to be responsible for the school on mornings or afternoons where the Associate Principal and Principal are providing support and consultancy in other settings as part of our outreach programme or involved in research projects. Within this role to ensure the safety of the students and staff, and that high standards are always maintained.
We can offer you-
A supportive and innovative learning environment that is not like any school you will have ever worked in! You'll need to be enthusiastic, hard-working and creative ... but in return you will find the young people rewarding, the job fascinating the team uplifting. This is an opportunity to grow and develop an exciting new combined role for the school, in an institution which is focussed on career advancement.
• You must be a qualified teacher and hold the National Qualification for SENDCo
• You must be someone who is interested in your own CPD and willing to go on training courses
• You must be confident in being left in sole leadership roles – such as being in charge of the setting when other staff are not on site
• You must be happy to administer First Aid as all our staff are trained to do so
• You must be an observant person, able to notice young people’s achievements and difficulties
• You must be loyal, professional and dedicated to your career