An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated SENDCO to join Filton Hill Primary School, to become an important member of their team. The successful candidate will work with children and young people who need extra support, or require an advanced programme of learning, in order to reach their full educational potential. The role is offered on a permanent basis, for one day per week (6.5 hours).
You may work with individuals who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments (i.e. hearing or visual), speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, conditions such as autism, social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these difficulties.
A key aspect of working in this field is identifying individual needs and being responsible for creating a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment.
Include (but are not limited to):
• preparing lessons and resources
• marking and assessing work
• developing and adapting conventional teaching methods to meet the individual needs of pupils
• using special equipment and facilities, such as audio-visual materials and computers to stimulate interest in learning
• collaborating with the classroom teacher to define appropriate activities for the pupils in relation to the curriculum
• assessing children who have long or short-term learning difficulties and work with colleagues to identify individual pupils' special needs
• working with the Headteacher to ensure that the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) are met in terms of reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
• liaising with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and educational psychologists
• working closely with parents and guardians
• organising learning outside the classroom in activities such as community visits, school outings or sporting events
• assisting in severely disabled pupils' personal care/medical needs
• carrying out administrative tasks, including updating and maintaining records of pupils' progress
• attending statutory annual reviews or other related meetings, such as Looked After Child (LAC) reviews, regarding students with an SEN, which may involve reviewing education, health and care (EHC) plans, attend in-service training, manage behaviour.
You'll need to show:
• evidence of being a strong classroom practitioner
• commitment to working with pupils with special educational needs
• excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• the ability to build good relationships based on trust with pupils and their families
• behaviour management skills, with the ability to manage confrontation and challenging behaviour
• initiative and problem-solving skills
• team working skills to liaise with other teachers, teaching assistants, and other professionals such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and social workers
• organisational skills
• an observant and responsive approach
• flexibility - it's important to be able to respond to the needs of the children and adapt or change plans accordingly
• a positive, energetic and enthusiastic outlook
• patience, understanding and empathy with pupils and parents and a sense of humour.
This position requires applicants to have qualified teacher status (QTS) and a National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination or to achieve this qualification within three years of appointment as a SENDCO. (This does not however apply to applicants who were practicing in the role of SENDCO for a year or more before September 2009).
Filton Hill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.