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  • Start date details

    September 2024 or January 2025 for the right candidate

  • Closing date

    14 June 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    24 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • SENDCo (special educational needs and disabilities coordinator)

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

SEN allowance subject to experience

What skills and experience we're looking for

Qualifications and training


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


  • Evidence of further professional development relevant to the role



  • Substantial teaching experience in primary education
  • Experience of conducting training/leading INSET
  • Experience of line managing staff


  • Experience of working at a whole-school level
  • Involvement in self-evaluation and development planning
  • Experience of a DSL role

Skills and knowledge


  • Sound knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
  • Understanding of what makes ‘quality first’ teaching, and of effective intervention strategies
  • Able to demonstrate outstanding classroom practice
  • 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
  • Ability to demonstrate strong emotional intelligence
  • Integrity, honesty and fairness

What the school offers its staff

We believe it is essential to create an environment that nurtures its staff, as well as its students. For this reason, we offer a range of benefits. For teaching staff, there is the opportunity for Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) to be conducted from home, an example of the trust placed in our team and a reflection of our commitment to promoting an ideal work-life balance. Our commitment to professional development offers a multitude of opportunities for career progression and skill enhancement. Our leadership team maintains an open-door policy, where fresh, innovative ideas are welcome and genuinely considered in order to continuously improve our school.

Being situated in inner London, and The Royal Borough of Greenwich, we also provide competitive wages, including the Inner London Weighting Allowance, further supplementing our attractive employment package. The school has excellent transport connections and is ten minutes by train from central London and a short distance away from the rich culture and heritage of Maritime Greenwich.

Ealdham Primary School is a place where the spirit of teamwork and mutual respect and support permeates throughout. We believe this ethos of support, respect, and understanding is what makes our school so special and why staff find it hard to leave!

Further details about the role

We are delighted to introduce an exciting opportunity to join our dedicated team at Ealdham Primary School as the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENCO).

Ealdham prides itself on its core values of happiness, kindness, resilience, and respect, which are ingrained in every aspect of our school community. With an ever-increasing challenge for schools to provide high-quality support for children with special educational needs and disabilities, the role of SENCO at Ealdham is crucial in ensuring that every child receives the support they need to thrive.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside staff who know our children and are passionate about their learning and development. At Ealdham, we understand the importance of continuous improvement and innovation in meeting the diverse needs of our students. As our SENCO, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the inclusive culture of our school and enhancing the educational experience for all of our children.

With the prospect of a rebuild or refurbishment of our school on the horizon within the next few years, this is a truly exciting time to join our team. The successful candidate will be given the autonomy to re-energise current practices and lead our school in embracing inclusivity and diversity during this opportune time. We are looking for a dynamic and passionate individual who is dedicated to making an impact and driving positive change in our school community.

If you are passionate about inclusive education, committed to leaving no stone unturned when supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities, and ready to take on a new and fulfilling challenge, we would love to hear from you.

Please consider this opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our community and contribute to the continued success of our school. We look forward to welcoming you to our team and working together to create a truly inclusive learning environment for all. Thank you for considering joining us at Ealdham.

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful applicant.

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About Ealdham Primary School

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

“Imagine a haven, where children of all abilities and backgrounds are safe and treat each other with mutual respect. Where they are given the skills they need to explore, investigate and learn exciting new things for themselves. Where the thrill of achievement means they want to come back and experience it again and again. A place where children care about the place they live and how they can help to make it even better.

This is what we strive to achieve for our pupils at Ealdham. We hope you will join us in realising this vision.”

Ealdham Primary School is a growing two-form primary school with a nursery, located on the Page Estate in Eltham. Today, we serve a rapidly increasing community of currently 448 pupils. Our staff and governors are dedicated to continuous school improvement and have high expectations for all students. This is an exciting time to join us as we look forward to a potential rebuild or refurbishment in the near future.

For whichever role you apply, you will be an intrinsic part of our team, playing an instrumental role in shaping the future of Ealdham and most crucially, that of our children. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our inclusive culture and bring your passions and aspirations to our school.

Arranging a visit to Ealdham Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email vfrenchgibbens@ealdham.greenwich.sch.uk.

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