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  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    1 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    15 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher
  • SENDCo (special educational needs and disabilities coordinator)

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Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: FTE

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances


What skills and experience we're looking for

  • A sound knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
  • Understanding of what makes ‘quality first’ teaching, and of effective intervention strategies
  • Experience of working at whole school level, self-evaluation and development planning
  • Experience of conducting training/leading INSET
  • A commitment to continuing classroom teaching
  • The ability to develop and implement an innovative and effective curriculum tailored to the unique circumstances of our students.
  • Experience of managing and mapping school SEND finances and data analysis skills
  • Undertaking and supporting with the process of EHCP application when necessary
  • The highest commitment to ensuring the safeguarding of pupils across the school
  • Working with the SLT to oversee, develop and review risk assessment for community pupil cohort
  • Strong communication skills to communicate the vision and ethos of the Chelsea Community Hospital School, and to inspire others, engaging with our diverse school community, including students, families, staff, and partners, in particular hospital and local authority stakeholders.
  • A commitment to getting the best outcomes for our students, ensuring they receive the highest quality of education using the SEND Code of Practice and other statutory frameworks
  • A high degree of empathy, warmth and positivity, resilience, and adaptability
  • Qualified teacher status, a degree, a minimum of six years teaching experience, the NASENCO qualification and the desire to continue to teach.
  • Experience of performance management.
  • Optional is previous experience in a hospital school.

What the school offers its staff

At the school you will find,

  • at any point in time we have an average numbers of 100-120 pupils attending, aged from 4 upwards.
  • over 40 members of staff who are hardworking, tremendously experienced and used to building strong relationships with young people. This team includes learning mentors and support staff. All staff can move between each of the sites.
  • The opportunity to work in an education environment which provides real job satisfaction. Staff wellbeing feedback indicates that over 90% of staff feel the work they do is important
  • A rich and wide range of extracurricular activities including horse-riding, drama, art and swimming, and a commitment to developing young people, which ideally means ensuring they have access to any subject they have chosen to study.
  • Excellent relationships with the young people, parents and carers, the hospitals, the bi-borough local authorities - the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), and Westminster City Council (WCC) - professional practitioners (psychiatrists, consultants, social workers), mainstream schools who refer young people, and the community of hospital schools countrywide and internationally.
  • A commitment to enabling high quality continuing professional development for the Headteacher.
  • A supportive SLT, with a focus on staff wellbeing.
  • A mature, supportive, and highly committed Governing Body.

Further details about the role

Person specification



Qualifications and training

  • Qualified teacher status
  • National Award for SEND Co-ordination
  • Degree Level or equivalent


  • Teaching experience (minimum 6 years mainstream secondary teaching)
  • Experience of working at a whole-school level
  • Involvement in self-evaluation and development planning
  • Experience of conducting training/leading INSET
  • Experience of performance managing staff

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
  • Ability to identify if there are gaps in provision for pupils with SEND in hospital and ensure appropriate support and follow-up
  • Ability to think creatively when devising SEND plans that provide the best support for CCHS pupils with SEND
  • Excellent and empathetic communication and interpersonal skills to support families and pupils with SEND to access education during a time of hospitalisation or home tuition or placement at the community pupils site
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with an extensive range of external professionals across NHS Trusts, LAs, schools, CAMHS, Social Services, Early Intervention Teams and others for the purpose of ensuring access to education for pupils with SEND and medical/mental health needs
  • Ability to influence and negotiate
  • Excellent record-keeping skills and communication with CCHS colleagues
  • Ability to develop associated policies and implement

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
  • Commitment to a child/young person-centred approach at all times
  • Be self-motivated and able to work in a solution focused manner

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)
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 Chelsea Community Hospital School

School type
Special school, ages 2 to 19
School size
72 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 19
Phone number

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Arranging a visit to Chelsea Community Hospital School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email suetwanthow@cchs.org.uk.

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