We are seeking a passionate and dedicated Special Educational Needs
Coordinator (SENCO) to join our dynamic team. As a SENCO, you will play a
crucial whole school role in ensuring that all students with special educational
needs (SEN), including those with hearing impairments, receive the support and
opportunities they need to thrive academically and socially. You will lead by
example in upholding our core values of care, character, and academic
excellence. If you are someone aspiring to the role of SENCO, but not yet
qualified we would seriously consider supporting your training in this area.
1) Leadership and Management:
- Lead the development and
implementation of the school's SEN policy, embracing our value of academic
excellence, and ensuring compliance with relevant legislation.
- Coordinate and oversee the
provision of support for students with SEN, working collaboratively with
teachers, support staff, parents and external agencies.
- Be responsible
for day-to-day operation of the AEN (SEN) policy and co-ordination of specific
provision to support individual students, including those who have an
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
- Effectively lead a large team
including an Assistant SENCO, ELSA, Teacher of the Deaf and 11 Learning Support
Assistants, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and academic
- Maintain a
current and clear understanding of legal requirements of the SEN Code of
Practice and related legislation and guidance to ensure the school is compliant
in its core purpose of promoting equality and excellence for all.
2) Assessment and Identification:
- Implement effective systems
for identifying and assessing students with SEND, including those with hearing impairments,
demonstrating our commitment to academic excellence.
- Work closely with teaching and
support staff to develop One Page Profiles (OPP) and Individual Education Plans
3) Specialist Provision for Hearing Impaired:
- Leverage Cove School's specialist
provision status for hearing impaired students to ensure tailored support and
- Collaborate with specialist
staff and external experts to enhance the learning experience for students with
hearing impairments, emphasizing our commitment to care and academic
4) Quality First Teaching:
- A key remit of this role is to
ensure that all teachers adapt their lessons accordingly to ensure that
students with SEN achieve their full potential.
- Provide guidance and support
to teaching staff in implementing inclusive teaching practices, fostering an
environment where every student can succeed.
5) Training and Development:
- Provide training and support
for teachers and support staff to enhance their understanding and ability to
meet the needs of students with SEN.
- Demonstrate personal drive to
continually improve, staying informed about the latest research and best
practices in the field of special education, embodying a commitment to academic
- Stay up-to-date with current
educational research for best practices in SEN, continually looking to develop
and enhance our SEN provision.
6) Parental and Community Engagement:
- Foster positive relationships
with parents and carers, keeping them informed and involved in their child's education,
emphasizing our value of care.
- Collaborate with external
agencies and organizations to enhance support services for students with SEN,
showcasing the character of Cove School within the broader community.
- Qualified teacher status (QTS)
with significant experience in special education.
Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) or equivalent qualification. If not
training can be provided for someone willing to engage with master’s level
understanding of SEND legislation, policies, and best practices.
communication and interpersonal skills, reflecting our values of care and
and empathetic approach to working with students with SEND, embodying the
value of care.
and collaborative team player, contributing to the character-driven
culture at Cove School.
organizational and leadership skills, aligning with our commitment to
drive to continually improve, demonstrating a commitment to ongoing
up-to-date with current educational research for best practices in SEND.
Cove School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.
As part of Keeping Children Safe in Education we may perform an online search as part of our due diligence checks on shortlisted candidates. This search could be carried out across publicly accessible social media platforms, blogs, or professional networks.
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