SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Joseph Locke Primary School, Barnsley, South Yorkshire


Job details

Subjects Other, Other
Working pattern Part-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £24,373 to £40,490 per year (full-time equivalent)

Job summary

Required from January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter
We are looking for a talented and experienced Special Educational Needs Coordinator for our large and diverse town centre school. You will be an exceptional educator with a proven track record of improving outcomes for pupils with additional needs, working in partnership with the SLT to improve the quality of teaching, learning and curriculum across the school generally.

You will join a strong and supportive staff team within school that is committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for all.

The successful candidate will:
• Be resilient, passionate, forward thinking and ready to inspire a generation of staff and children
• Have or be working towards the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
• Be ready to ask difficult questions about accepted wisdom and embrace proven strategies
• Be innovative and creative
• Have a proven and demonstrable track record of achieving excellent outcomes for pupils
• Have a strong grasp of the latest thinking in SEN policy, leadership and practice
• Have substantial experience of managing and organising a large team of support staff, setting performance management targets etc
• Be enthusiastic and dedicated to enabling every child to fulfil their potential
• Be willing to form strong professional relationships with other professionals and parents/carers

Essential educational requirements

• 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
• Highly organised with the ability to prioritise and excellent time management skills. Never misses deadlines and is positive in response to demands on time.
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to build effective working relationships
• Ability to influence and negotiate
• Good record-keeping skills
• Understanding of whole school safeguarding procedures
• Clear knowledge of the current inspection framework for schools with regard to SEN

Essential qualifications

• Qualified teacher status (note: this is a requirement under the SEND Code of Practice)
• National Award for SEN Coordination, or a willingness to complete it within three years of appointment (note: this is a requirement under the SEND Code of Practice)
• Degree

Essential skills and experience

• Teaching experience
• Experience of working at a whole-school level
• Involvement in self-evaluation and development planning
• Experience of conducting training/leading INSET
• Evidence of using and developing school wide positive behaviour management strategies effectively

Employee benefits

MPS/UPS (commensurate with skills and experience) + TLR2

• An Ofsted rated Good school
• Strong and proven leadership with a focused strategic direction
• A highly skilled and committed staff with a great team spirit who are dedicated to school improvement
• Friendly, caring, hardworking pupils who love learning and want to achieve
• High quality CPD, excellent support mechanisms and opportunities for personal and professional development
• A well-resourced and stimulating environment
• Established links with our collaboration schools
• An opportunity to shape the education for a generation of children

School overview

School type LA Maintained School
Education phase Primary
School size 464 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Joseph Locke Primary School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

School location

Shaw Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 6JL