Salary dependent upon experience and qualifications
Job description: Special Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO)
Job title: Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENDCO) and designated teacher for LAC with responsibility EAL and Early Help
FTE: 0.40 (2 days per week)
Contract type: Part time/Permanent
Reporting to: Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher
Responsible for: Effective management, deployment and training of Teaching Assistants working with SEN pupils
The SENDCO, under the direction of the headteacher/deputy headteacher, will:
• Determine the strategic development of special educational needs (SEN) policy and provision in the school
• Be responsible for day-to-day operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of specific provision to support individual pupils with SEN or a disability
• Provide professional guidance to colleagues, working closely with staff, parents and other agencies The SENDCO will also be expected to fulfil the professional responsibilities of a teacher, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. Duties and responsibilities Strategic development of SEN policy and provision
• Have a strategic overview of provision for pupils with SEN or a disability across the school, monitoring and reviewing the quality of provision
• Contribute to school self-evaluation, particularly with respect to provision for pupils with SEN or a disability
• Ensure the SEN policy is put into practice, and that the objectives of this policy are reflected in the school improvement plan
• Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and local initiatives which may affect the school’s policy and practice
• Evaluate whether funding is being used effectively, and propose changes to make use of funding more effective
• Effectively lead and model teaching strategies and provision for SEN and disability.
• Swiftly identify and support families who would benefit from Early help intervention to improve outcomes for children.
• Work closely with classroom teachers to help children develop English language and learning strategies.
• Promote cultural awareness and help students in the social life of the school. Operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of provision
• Maintain an accurate SEND register and provision map
• Provide guidance to colleagues on teaching pupils with SEN or a disability, and advise on the graduated approach to SEN support
• Deliver SEN interventions to individual or/and groups of pupils.
• Advise on the use of the school’s budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively, including staff deployment
• Be aware of the provision in the local offer
• Work with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, parents/guardians and other external agencies
• Be a key point of contact for external agencies, especially the local authority
• Analyse assessment data for pupils with SEN, EAL, LAC or a disability
• Implement and lead intervention groups for pupils with SEN and evaluate their effectiveness
• Liaise with the local authority and legal guardians/carers in order to promote the educational achievement of looked-after children and those who were previously looked after. Support for pupils with SEN or a disability and those who are looked-after
• Identify a pupil’s SEN
• Co-ordinate provision that meets the pupil’s needs, and monitor its effectiveness
• Secure relevant services for the pupil
• Ensure records are maintained and kept up to date
• Review the education, health and care plan with parents or carers and the pupil
• Communicate regularly with parents or carers
• Manage budgets for SEN and LAC children when they are also in receipt of Pupil Premium funds.
• Ensure that if the pupil transfers to another school, all relevant information is conveyed to it, and support a smooth transition for the pupil
• Promote the pupil’s inclusion in the school community and access to the curriculum, facilities and extra-curricular activities
• Be the designated teacher for looked-after children. Leadership and management
• Work with the headteacher and governors to ensure the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 in terms of reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
• Work with the headteacher and governors to ensure the school meets its responsibilities outlined in 2018 DfE statutory guidance for looked-after and previously looked-after children.
• Keep the Senior Leadership Team fully informed with regard to SEN and disabled children and those who have additional needs, including those who are on the EAL register and those requiring early help intervention.
• Prepare and review information the governing board is required to publish
• Contribute to the school improvement plan and whole-school policy
• Identify training needs for staff and how to meet these needs
• Lead INSET for staff
• Share procedural information, such as the school’s SEN policy
• Promote an ethos and culture that supports the school’s SEN policy and promotes good outcomes for pupils with SEN or a disability
• Lead and manage teaching assistants working with pupils with SEN or a disability
Other areas of responsibility
The SENDCO will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct. Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the SENDCO will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the headteacher or deputy headteacher.
Applying for the job
Please apply via the job pack which can be found on our website: https://www.stmarysrcstudley.co.uk/vacancies/More on how to apply (opens in new tab)
If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.
Local authority maintained school, Roman Catholic, ages 4 to 11
221 pupils enrolled
4 to 11
About St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Studley
The school is a primary school of approximately 220 pupils, set in the large Warwickshire village of Studley. Close to the border of Worcestershire, it takes a high proportion of its mainly Catholic pupils from the neighbouring county. We currently have a single form intake of 30 children in Reception and Key Stage 1 and have the capacity to increase the number of pupils to 34 in Key Stage 2 classes.
St Mary’s works increasingly as part of a cluster of schools, within Studley and its environs, including Studley Infant School and High School, amongst others. St Mary’s Catholic Primary feeds into St Benedict’s in Alcester, although some of our children go to Alcester Grammar and Studley High. The school prides itself on its strong links with the parish of St Mary’s, but also has strong ecumenical connections with the local Baptist and Anglican churches.
The school, in both its last Ofsted inspection (July 2011) and Section 48 inspection (April 2016) was deemed to be an outstanding school. Quality staff are retained and encouraged to take on roles within the school to drive up attainment. The governors take a proactive role in the strategic work of the school; and regularly attend assemblies, Masses, fund raising events as well as helping the Senior Leadership Team lead the school improvement work. . We do have an active and enthusiastic PTA, who work well with the governors and the wider parish and help to raise funds for school projects.
The Governing body is made up of elected parent governors, staff governors, foundation governors, a local authority governor and the Head Teacher.
The school has undergone a transformation over the last few years with over £1 million spent on building and refurbishment, thanks to the generosity of the Diocese and the ceaseless work of staff, Governors and the PTA.
Our staff consist of a Head and Deputy who make up the SLT, and 5 other full time teachers, 3 part time teachers who job share and 9 teaching assistants, two of whom are HLTAs. We have a part time SENDCO; a business manager, and part time office staff. We also have a team of dinner staff who cook lunches on site.
The school has been recognised and accredited with an array of awards, including, a member of the Erasmus Project, Eco School, Healthy School, NACE Award. More recently we were one of the first primary schools to be awarded with The Cross of Nails award.
The governors own and assist in running a pre/after school club, for the benefit of the school called Little Oaks, which can be accessed by parents and the local community. From September 2018 we extended our childcare provision and opened Little St Mary’s Nursery aimed at 3 to 4 year olds, which has thrived.
We are a forward and outward looking school. The staff, governors and pupils really do try to live up to the School’s ethos, of “Love to learn – Learn to love”.
Please take the opportunity to have a look at our website, which includes, amongst many other things a copy of our prospectus. http://www.stmarysrcstudley.co.uk/
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