We are seeking to appoint a SENDCo from the Summer term or before for our oversubscribed school, Bedford Free School. This is a truly career-defining opportunity to make impactful contributions through your guidance and expertise of an incredible school with a national reputation for excellence. You will work as part of a close-knit team, and closely with the trust education and school staff, to ensure Bedford Free School continues to be an excellent place for pupils to learn and staff to work.
Joining Bedford Free School as a SENDCo is a fantastic opportunity to be part of our story - providing transformational experiences for thousands of pupils, developing our staff to eb the very best they can be, and influencing the wider system by demonstrating first-hand what is achievable.
Skills and experience for the role:
Qualified Teacher Status with 5 years or more teaching experience
The National award for SEND co-ordination or be working towards
High expectations of children’s achievements and a proven record of excellent classroom practice
Commitment to developing and sustaining excellent relationships with children, staff, parents, governors and other members of the community
Experience of making applications for EHCP and Top Up Funding and carrying out reviews
Has high expectations of pupils' progress and behaviour
Has a good understanding of progression and expectations in secondary education
Thorough knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
The ability to lead staff in developing their knowledge and expertise in working with children with SEND and supporting staff to write SEND support plans
The ability to work effectively with the Principal and SLT to achieve excellence
Good communication skills and an ability to work within a team
Good management and organisational skills and experience of leading/managing other staff
WHY BEDFORD FREE SCHOOL?
At BFS our values drive everything that we do: RESPECT, HONESTY, HIGH EXPECTATIONS
We are a genuinely comprehensive school that provides a knowledge-based education for pupils of all backgrounds, with the highest expectations of pupil conduct. We teach an unashamedly academic curriculum consisting of the best that has been thought and said and, as you would expect, truly inclusive, quality first provision is at the heart of this.
We take workload seriously.
We have no unwieldy and impossible marking policies, no written reports or
endless meetings. We respect teachers as experts in their subject and
prioritise giving time for departments to discuss what they are teaching, why
Pupil behaviour is excellent,
supported by clear systems and routines, including centrally delivered,
same-day whole-school sanctions where necessary.
this means that you will be able to dedicate your time and energy into further
developing the quality first provision for ALL pupils.
With waiting lists
in each year group and GCSE results placing us amongst the top schools for
pupil progress in the country, we are a hugely popular school. Demand for
places is very high as parents want the combination of a BFS education and our
distinctive small school feel for their children.
We’re looking for people who
want to be the best. You will have had a track record of excellence in the
classroom and be an inspiring character who is willing to lead by example and
also contribute positively to wider school life. Most of all, you will be clear
that education is a great leveler for ALL pupils and work hard to help us
achieve our goal of preparing every pupil to have the choice to go to
THE PASTORAL AND SEND TEAMS
You will work with the
inclusion team so that we can deliver on our promise to
local families – that high expectations, superb behaviour and great teaching
are the hallmarks of this school. You will build on our strong systems, processes,
and standards to improve them further, bringing a capable and committed staff
team with you. You will be fully supported by the excellent team at Bedford
Free School and our wider network of executive and school leaders across the
Pupils achieve well at BFS
but we are seeking a candidate who shares our belief that all of our pupils can
achieve even better.
SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT
Career development is a
priority. We are outward facing, with partnerships across the country: our
staff contribute to the delivery of National Professional Qualifications, the
Early Career Framework and, as a lead school, the Behaviour Hub programme. You will be joining us at an
exciting time - our multi-academy trust is expanding which, in addition to
creating exciting opportunities for our staff in the future, has further
expanded our capacity to deliver the high-quality induction and ongoing professional
development which will support you in your role.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
We strongly encourage
prospective candidates to come and visit the school, to speak to staff and
pupils, please contact Esther should you wish to arrange a visit to the school.
For a confidential
discussion about the position, contact Esther Logan, PA to the Principal on
01234 332290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a small school, where
teachers and pupils know each other and look out for each other. Safeguarding
children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully
committed to the protection and safe care of our pupils. The successful
applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing
proof of your right to work in the UK.
Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our pupils. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.
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