We're seeking to appoint a talented, enthusiastic and highly motivated
SENCO who shares our vision of providing the best possible education for all of
the children within our school so that they become independent and effective
lifelong learners. The right candidate will have a passion for learning and
supporting others to make progress, regardless of their needs, ability or
The role of SENCO will require strategic planning, matching the needs of
the student body with the most effective support as well as ensuring national
and regional policy is implemented in line with best practice. The SENCO role
will supplement a well-established department and will manage a team of circa
16 Teaching Assistants. You will be able to effectively lead the team, work
closely with all stakeholders and ensure that statutory requirements are fully
considered when working with families, students and their additional needs.
Our SENCO is also a member of our School Leadership Team (SLT) as an
Assistant Headteacher. Dependent on the strengths, and interests, of the
successful candidate an additional school-wide responsibility/area to lead on
will be part of this position.
To be considered, you must have:
- Qualified Teacher Status
- SENCO qualification, or the willingness to do so
- Secondary school experience working very effectively with students with
- Experience as a successful team leader and manager
- Ability to foster and maintain good
relationships and work effectively with school stakeholders and external
- Good knowledge of current educational
thinking and developments, including excellent working knowledge of school
responsibilities under the SEN code of Practice, The Equality Act (2010) and
the Children and Families Act (2014)
- Experience in the development, delivery and
evaluation of evidence-based SEND provision
- A personal commitment to high quality and
excellence that will match and extend the school’s proven record
- Excellent ICT, organisational and communication skills
Backwell School is a large
comprehensive school with almost 1700 students of which 300 are in the Sixth
Form. Judged by Ofsted as Good in January 2020 the school has an excellent
reputation in the local area and is oversubscribed in regards to student
applications. Our latest Ofsted report can be read here.
Backwell School offers its staff
a vibrant and stimulating teaching environment and there is a broad range of
professional support available for new members of staff both within the
department and in the wider school. At Backwell School, we prioritise staff
wellbeing; planning time is generous with full time teachers teaching a maximum
of 51 lessons out of 60.
We also provide a fantastic
benefits package to our employees including a contributory pension scheme, a
broad employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on
shopping), cycle to work scheme, free access to our fitness suite and on-site
Backwell School is part of
Schools Partnership (LSP) which provides
opportunities to share best practice and gain support from the Director of
Inclusion. The LSP also offers us curriculum collaboration and opportunities
with Chew Valley, Churchill and Gordano School and a Trust-wide Professional
Development Team organising a wide range of staff training and development.
We are committed to providing a
comprehensive education for all our young people and this ethos is summarised
in the Backwell
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be given the opportunity to look around the school as part of the interview
The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 16 April
The Lighthouse Schools Partnership - Backwell School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all in its community to share this commitment. Suitability to work with children and young people will form part of the selection process. As part of the shortlisting process an online search will be carried out. All appointments will be subject to vetting, including an enhanced DBS check.
We are also committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly those from underrepresented groups.
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