SENCO Thorntree Primary School, London

Job description

Job Purpose
To assist the Headteacher in ensuring inclusive practice is developed to promote the highest standards of achievement for all.
Strategic Direction and Development of the School

• Assist the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in formulating the school’s aims and objectives and policies for their implementation relating to Inclusive Practice.

• Support all staff in achieving the priorities and targets the school sets and monitor the progress towards meeting them.

• Give leadership to staff in organising and implementing an appropriate curriculum for the school particularly for pupils who are at risk of underachieving or with barriers to learning, such as special educational needs, specific linguistic and cultural needs, behavioural difficulties and those who are gifted and talented.

• Assist the Headteacher and SLT in giving strategic direction to develop a positive and constructive partnership with parents of children entitled to Pupil Premium and the local community.

• Assist the Headteacher in safeguarding procedures.

Teaching and Learning

• Undertake the duties of a teacher in line with the most recent Teacher Pay and Conditions Document where appropriate.

• Assist the Senior Leadership Team in ensuring that the progress of all pupils is monitored and that there are common and uniform methods of assessment, recording and reporting throughout the school.

• Organise, monitor and evaluate the range of intervention strategies employed throughout the school ensuring that resources, both human and material, are targeted correctly towards those pupils requiring additional support and to ensure equal opportunities for all.

• Support class teachers to assess and identify the needs of any pupils with barriers to learning or who are at risk of underachieving including those with SEN/D, EAL, Gifted and Talented pupils and children entitled to Pupil Premium funding.

• Support teachers in their planning to meet the needs of children with SEN/D.

• Work with teams across the school to deliver effective teaching in the classroom.

• Be instrumental in devising manageable curriculum planning systems to incorporate individual and group needs in line with the School Development Plan.

• Prepare Action Plans for this area of learning.

Leading and Managing People

• Coordinate the deployment of LSAs and assist the Senior Leadership Team in the line management of LSAs.

• Assist in identifying staff training needs and implement, coordinate and lead INSET in relation to Inclusive Practice.

• Ensure members of staff are well informed of SEN/D aspects of daily school life in order to promote good communication and high morale. Encourage the practice of working as a team.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

• Ensure the implementation of a policy of pastoral care for all pupils in liaison with the Learning Mentor.

• Organise and lead meetings involving parents and/or relevant professions such as TAC meetings, Annual Review and PSP meetings.

• Coordinate the involvement of outside agency professionals involved in the support of children with additional needs.

• Provide for liaison and co-operation between the school and the Local Authority – making such reports as will enable the authority to discharge its function.

• Provide for liaison and co-operation with other schools, particularly in relation to transition and transfer of pupils.

• Identify, organise and deliver effective training sessions for parents to raise standards.

• Work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to identify children and families who require support or intervention, and lead on devising action plans and reviews to maximise the impact of this work.

Essential educational requirements

• Have previous experience or have an exceptional understanding of teaching in the primary phase

• Have SEN experience and/or the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination

• Have an excellent understanding of the SEN code of practice

• Have experience of writing EHCP and funding applications

• Have both an excellent understanding of pupil progress and a willingness to embrace change

• Be open to new approaches to learning and teaching

• Be an excellent team player.

Essential qualifications

A degree-level qualification and Qualified Teacher Status
• The ability to teach to GCSE standard
• The ability to coach and motivate colleagues to achieve individual and collective targets
• Experience of sustained delivery of outstanding attainment and achievement
• Experience of innovation and creativity to engage, enthuse and progress learners.

Essential skills and experience

We are seeking to appoint an experienced SENCO (someone with at least 3 years’ experience) and has the appropriate qualification or experience to join our team. The successful applicant will be responsible for leading and developing the SEND provision and will be an exemplary practitioner with a proven record of expertise in special educational needs.

Employee benefits

TLR dependent on experience

About Thorntree Primary School

Primary School

Thorntree Road, London, SE7 8AE
LA Maintained School
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