- Leadership Scale (Inner London)
Assistant Principal (SENCO) job summaryWe are looking for an Assistant Principal (SENCO) with energy, enthusiasm and expertise to lead the SEN team to continue to support the delivery of brilliant outcomes for students. At Harris Academy Battersea, you will join a dedicated team of teachers and staff supporting our vibrant students. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow, inspire and develop, this may be the role for you.
Main Areas of Responsibility
To ensure that Academy practice is compliant with the SEND Code of Practice (2014) and other relevant statutory requirements.
To advise the leadership team on the strategic development of SEN policy and provision
To work with colleagues to formulate aims, objectives and strategic plans for the SEN provision which have coherence and relevance to the needs of students and to the aims, objectives and strategic plans of the Academy.
To support all staff to understand and fulfil their statutory responsibilities as specified in the Academy SEND Policy.
To be responsible for ensuring that all SEND provisions are rigorously evaluated to ensure students with SEND are making better progress, producing termly impact reports.
To be responsible for ensuring that the outcomes from interventions are integrated into classroom teaching.
To work with Achievement Directors to ensure that staff development needs are identified and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet such needs.
To be responsible for the efficient and effective deployment of Teaching Assistants and Mentors.
To undertake Performance Management Review(s) and to act as reviewer for a group of staff within the area.
To help to implement Academy quality procedures and to adhere to those.
To contribute to the process of monitoring and evaluation of the subject area in line with agreed Academy procedures, including evaluation against quality standards and performance criteria.
To seek/implement modification and improvement where required.
To maintain appropriate records and to provide relevant accurate and up-to-date information for Management Information Systems (MIS), registers etc.
To complete the relevant documentation to assist in the tracking of students and use information to inform teaching and learning.
To communicate effectively with the parents of students as appropriate following agreed policies.
Where appropriate, to communicate and co-operate with persons or bodies outside the Academy.
To attend all appropriate meetings.
Marketing and Liaison
To take part in marketing and liaison activities such as Open Evenings, Parents’ Evenings and liaison events with partner schools.
To contribute to the development of effective subject links with external agencies.
Management of Resources
To contribute to the process of the ordering and allocation of equipment and materials.
To liaise with the Achievement Director to identify needs and to contribute to the efficient/effective use of physical resources.
To apply the Behaviour Management systems consistently so that effective learning can take place.
To promote the general progress and well-being of individual students and of the form tutor group as a whole.
To liaise with the Faculty Coordinators and Faculty Directors to ensure the implementation of the Academy’s Pastoral System.
To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching in accordance with the duties of a standard scale teacher.
To teach students according to their educational needs.
To assess, record and report on the attendance, progress, development and attainment of students and to keep such records as are required.
Qualifications & Experience
The successful candidate will have:
QTS (or equivalent) and a good undergraduate degree
Evidence of Continuing Professional Development relevant to the SENCO role
Ideally, a SENCo qualification and/or SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate, a post-graduate qualification in individual assessment at or equivalent to Level 7
Experience of teaching SEN students
Successful teaching experience at secondary level for at least three years
Experience of leading whole-school initiatives
Experience of management and the ability to lead, inspire and develop Teaching & Support colleagues
Evidence of successful teaching experience
Experience of working with key stakeholders such as parents, governors, employers etc
The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.
The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.
Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.
We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.
In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.
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About Harris Academy Battersea
- School type
- Academy, ages 11 to 19
- School size
- 1117 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 11 to 19
The development of our students academically, personally and professionally is at the heart of everything we do at Harris Academy Battersea. We have created a new vision for the school to reflect this: ‘We develop aspirational young people to thrive in a changing world’.
Our core values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience underpin this vision and will form an integral part of student’s daily school life. Students should leave us not only having fulfilled their personal best in terms of academic results, but also equipped with these core values to enable them to thrive in all stages of their lives. Equally, we wish for our school and young people to serve the community and a school that the community is proud to have on its doorstep.
The values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience embody the qualities we expect to see in our young people. Our definition of these values is outlined below.
Knowledge: ‘I want to learn something new every day’
I will gain knowledge to be able to confidently engage in any discussion, any time.
I will think carefully before I trust information I see, hear and read.
I will share knowledge to help others.
I will always seek to further my own knowledge, now and in the future.
I will make links between different pieces of knowledge and subjects.
Resilience: ‘Try, fail, try, fail, try, succeed’
I will give 100% effort 100% of the time.
I will understand my emotions and work hard to manage them effectively.
I will develop and maintain positive relationships with others even when it is tough to do so.
I will take any setback as a learning opportunity.
I will try new things outside my comfort zone.
Integrity: ‘I do the right thing even when it is difficult to do so’
I will do the right thing even when nobody is looking, and I will encourage others to do so too.
I will treat others as they wish to be treated.
I will take responsibility for my actions and encourage others to do so.
I will support others to be the best they can be.
I will respect the diversity, cultures, beliefs and differences of others.
If you are committed to these values and want to make a real difference to the lives of young people, then we would welcome an application.