As the Academy grows into its fifth year, we are looking for an experienced and well-qualified leader of SEND to support the leadership of SEND provision at the Academy, ensuring that the needs of students are met in full and that teachers are trained and equipped with the skills to understand how quality first teaching can have a positive impact across the curriculum.
The successful candidate will be looking to develop their leadership skills, have a solid understanding of the Children's Act and the SEN Code of Practice, and understand a range of teaching and learning strategies that are linked to recent research. They will also be an expert practitioner in the classroom.
You will be working closely with all areas of the SEND team, the EAL coordinator and liaising with experts from across the Harris Federation. You will be responsible for the line management of certain areas of the SEND team.
This role is student-centred and family-focused, and the successful candidate will need to show evidence of the ability to empathise with students and their needs, as well as a willingness to tackle head on the challenging conversations with families about the nature of provision available at the academy. You will also need to understand specific strategies and interventions and the way they are used to meet educational needs.
We believe that a happy and settled staff body helps drive the very best performance from our students. We are committed to a high-quality professional development programme and can draw on expertise from across the Harris Federation. As a HASU member of staff at any level you will receive the training and support that you need to carry out your role effectively and develop at a pace that suits you.
We are committed to ensuring that our staff have the right level of balance between work and home life. Our policies and procedures are aimed at allowing our teaching staff to spend as much time as possible planning and delivering lessons.
We work in an award-winning building with excellent facilities. Our thriving staff association ensures all new members of staff soon feel part of the HASU community.
Main Areas of Responsibility
The purpose of your role will be:
- To work with the SEND team ensuring an ethos of Inclusion within the Academy and a culture of high aspirations for students with SEND.
- To support effective implementation of the Academy, SEND Policy.
- To support the SENCO in ensuring that provision of SEND support is in accordance with the aims of the Academy and the curricular policies determined by the Governing Body and Principal of the Academy.
- To support the accurate maintenance of the Academy's SEND Profile, ensuring that it is always up-to-date and is an accurate picture of student SEND need across the Academy.
- To support the accurate identification of SEND need across the Academy, ensuring a rigorous and thorough assessment process.
- To be a role model with regard to Quality First Teaching and differentiation within your own teaching practice.
- To support the embedding of Quality First Teaching across the Academy.
- To be responsible for tracking the progress of students with SEND, using a wide range of Academy data relating to progress, attainment, referrals, exclusions, detentions and attendance to identify barriers to learning.
- To deploy staff and resources according to the needs of SEND students.
Qualifications & Experience
The successful candidate will have:
- An undergraduate in relevant subject and DfE recognised Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent qualifications).
- Qualification as SENDCo
- Successful teaching experience at secondary level (can be teaching practice).
- Understanding of theory and practice of effective teaching and learning.
- Knowledge of National curriculum requirements at KS3, KS4, and KS5.
- Minimum of three years' teaching experience.
- Experience of delivering high quality INSET to teaching staff within subject area
- Proven success in raising achievement as a subject leader or classroom practitioner
- Successful experience of processes of monitoring, evaluation and review that provide performance data that can be used to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
- Good level of ICT skills and experience of how new technologies can be used to raise achievement, including the use of interactive white boards. Recent experience of involvement in innovative curriculum development. Ideas of how Language, Literacy and Numeracy can be used across the curriculum to raise standards.
- Experience of embedding innovative strategies for improving teaching and learning.
- Experience of managing and implementing change successfully.
- Experience of using coaching as a model for ensuring on going professional development.
Professional Development & Benefits
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.
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.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.
Before applying, please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your application.
Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.