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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    28 June 2024 at 3pm

  • Date listed

    7 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • SENDCo (special educational needs and disabilities coordinator)

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover - 1 year

Full-time equivalent salary

Between £40,000 and £56,000

What skills and experience we're looking for

Main purpose

The SENCO, under the direction of the headteacher, will:

  • Determine the strategic development of special educational needs (SEN) policy and provision in the school
  • Be responsible for day-to-day operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of specific provision to support individual pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Provide professional guidance to colleagues, working closely with staff, parents and other agencies

The SENCO will be expected to fulfil the responsibilities of a teacher, as set out in the STPCD.

Duties and responsibilities

Strategic development of SEN policy and provision

  • Have a strategic overview of provision for pupils with SEN or a disability across the school, monitoring and reviewing the quality of provision
  • Contribute to school self-evaluation, particularly with respect to provision for pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Make sure the SEN policy is put into practice and its objectives are reflected in the school improvement plan (SIP)
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of national and local initiatives that may affect the school’s policy and practice
  • Evaluate whether funding is being used effectively, and suggest 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 SEN or a disability, and advise on the graduated approach to SEN support
  • Advise on the use of the school’s budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively, including staff deployment
  • Be aware of the provision in the local offer
  • Work with 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 local authority (LA)
  • Analyse assessment data for pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Implement and lead intervention groups for pupils with SEN, and evaluate their effectiveness

Support for pupils with SEN or a disability

  • Identify a pupil’s SEN
  • Co-ordinate provision that meets the pupil’s needs, and monitor its effectiveness
  • Secure relevant services for the pupil
  • Ensure records are maintained and kept up to date
  • Review the education, health and care plan (EHCP) with parents or carers and the pupil
  • Communicate regularly with parents/carers
  • Ensure if the pupil transfers to another school, all relevant information is conveyed to that school, and support a smooth transition for the pupil
  • Promote the pupil’s inclusion in the school community and access to the curriculum, facilities and extra-curricular activities
  • Work with the designated teacher for looked-after children (LAC), where a looked-after pupil has SEN or a disability

Leadership and management

  • Work with the headteacher and governors to ensure the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 in terms of reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
  • Prepare and review information the governing board is required to publish
  • Contribute to the SIP and whole-school policy
  • Identify training needs for staff and how to meet these needs
  • Lead INSET for staff
  • Share procedural information, such as the school’s SEN policy
  • Promote an ethos and culture that supports the school’s SEN policy and promotes good outcomes for pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Lead and manage teaching assistants (TAs) working with pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Lead staff appraisals and produce appraisal reports
  • Review staff performance on an ongoing basis

Safeguarding

  • Liaise and collaborate with the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) on matters of safeguarding and welfare for pupils with SEN
  • Remain alert to the fact that pupils with SEN may be more vulnerable to safeguarding challenges

Other areas of responsibility

  • Must have SENCO experience of working and leading in an additional resource provision
  • Must have SENCO experience working in a nursery

The SENCO will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

Person specification

Qualifications and training

  • Qualified teacher status
  • National Award for SEN Co-ordination, or a willingness to complete it within 3 years of appointment
  • Degree

Experience

  • Teaching experience
  • Experience of working at a whole-school level
  • Involvement in self-evaluation and development planning
  • Experience of conducting training/leading INSET
  • Experience of working and leading in an additional resource provision
  • Experience working in a nursery

Skills and knowledge

  • Sound knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
  • Understanding of what makes ‘quality first’ teaching, and of effective intervention strategies
  • Ability to plan and evaluate interventions
  • Data analysis skills and the ability to use data to inform provision planning
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • Ability to influence and negotiate
  • Good record-keeping skills

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to getting the best outcomes for pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and securing good outcomes for pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality

Job Advert: Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Queen's Park Primary Schoolis looking for a dedicated and experienced Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to join our team on a fixed-term, maternity cover basis for 1 year. Our school is located in the vibrant urban setting of Droop Street, W10 4DQ, and serves 304 pupils.

Salary:Dependant on experience Contract type:Fixed-term, Maternity cover - 1 year Hours:Full-time

About the role:

As our SENCO, you will:

  • Lead the strategic development of SEN policy and provision in the school.
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of the SEN policy and co-ordinate specific provision to support individual pupils with SEN or a disability.
  • Provide professional guidance to colleagues, working closely with staff, parents, and other agencies.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining an accurate SEND register and provision map.
  • Advising on the use of the school’s budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively.
  • Implementing and leading intervention groups for pupils with SEN, and evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Working with the headteacher and governors to ensure the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.

Requirements:

  • Qualified teacher status and National Award for SEN Co-ordination (or willingness to complete it within 3 years).
  • Experience of working and leading in an additional resource provision and a nursery.
  • Strong understanding of the SEND Code of Practice and effective intervention strategies.


What the school offers its staff

Why join us?

  • Be part of a supportive and committed team.
  • Opportunities for professional development and training.

A vibrant and diverse school community.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
medical
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Queen's Park Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
287 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11

Queen’s Park serves a diverse population and is set in north Westminster, on the border with the London borough of Brent. The building is listed, which brings restrictions and as such we continue to make improvements with the limited space and layout.

Mobility is higher than national average, with some families new to the country or new to the borough. The school is currently oversubscribed with a waiting list across the early years of the school.

All year groups have an intake of 44 with class sizes of 22.
The school has a clear mental health and wellbeing focus and have been recognised at national awards ceremonies for the work they do.

Arranging a visit to Queen's Park Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email head@queensparkschool.co.uk.

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