SENDCo - Special Education Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator
We are looking to appoint a SENDCo who will be committed to lead our school in its dedication to providing an inclusive environment for high-quality provision for all pupils in our school how have special educational needs or disabilities. Our school provides good provision for pupils with SEND and we are looking for a candidate to continue leading us in this.
For a September 2022 start, but a January 2023 start could be negotiated
Candidates should have:
- Qualified Teacher status with 3 years or more teaching experience
- Experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs
- The National Award for SEN Co-ordination or be working towards/willing to work towards it
- A good knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
- The ability to lead staff in developing their knowledge and expertise in working with children with SEND
- The skills and experience of working with pupils with a range of different abilities and needs
- The ability to lead, support and oversee the work of Learning Support Assistants
- Contribute to school self-evaluation, particularly with respect to provision for pupils with SEND
- Good communication skills and an ability to work within a team
- Excellent management and organisational skills and experience of leading/managing other staff
- The necessary skills enabling effective liaison with a variety of external agencies
We can offer:
- A friendly, welcoming school that has a positive, generous, empathetic and caring ethos
- CPD opportunities to help you develop your practice and further your career
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategic development of SEN policy and provision
- Have a strategic overview of provision for pupils with SEND across the school, monitoring and reviewing the quality of provision.
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and local initiatives which may affect the schools practice.
- Evaluate whether funding is being used effectively and propose changes to make use of funding more effective.
Operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of provision
- Maintain an accurate SEND register and provision map
- Provide guidance to colleagues on teaching pupils with SEND and advise on the graduated approach to SEND support.
- Advise on the use of the schools budget and other resources to meet pupils needs effectively.
- Be aware of the provision in the local offer.
- Work with our own and other early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals and other external agencies.
- Be a key point of contact for external agencies, especially the Hampshire SEN Services.
- Analyse assessment data for pupils with SEND and use this for strategic planning.
- Implement and oversee intervention groups for pupils with SEND and evaluate their effectiveness.
Support for pupils with SEND
- Support the identification of and disseminate the most effective teaching approaches for individual pupils with SEND
- Undertake day-to-day co-ordination of SEND pupils provisions through close liaison with staff, parents and external agencies
- Co-ordinate provision that meets the pupils needs and monitor its effectiveness.
- Work with staff to develop effective ways of bridging barriers to learning.
- Secure relevant services for pupils