Assistant SENCo

Location Exeter
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Up to Teachers Pay Scale 6
Contact name: John Chatwin

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Job ref: 45577
Published: 9 months ago
Startdate: 13/10/2021

Opus Education are currently working exclusively with a large MAT and are looking to appoint outstanding Assistant SENCO (0.2) with experience of working with challenging/SEN pupils.

We are looking to appoint an outstanding Assistant SENCO who embodies has diverse experience, as well as a passion for working with young people with additional needs. Our ideal candidate will have excellent teamwork and communication skills, the ability and enthusiasm to make a difference with students who have a range of needs.


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

· Work collaboratively with other SENCO’s within the Trust 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

· 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, health and social care professionals, and other external agencies

· Be a key point of contact for external agencies, especially the local authority

· Analyse assessment data for pupils with SEN or a disability

· Implement and lead intervention groups for pupils with SEN, and evaluate their effectiveness Support for pupils with SEN or a disability

· Identify a pupil’s SEND needs

· 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

· Manage the Annual Review process, ensuring all stakeholders are heard

· Review the education, health and care plan with parents or carers, the pupil and relevant stakeholders, ensuring targets are pertinent, purposeful and achievable

· Communicate regularly with parents or carers

· 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

· Work with the designated teacher for looked-after children, where a looked-after pupil has SEN or a disability (where the SENCo is not the Designated Teacher) Leadership and management

· Work with the Principal and governors to ensure the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 in terms of reasonable adjustments and access arrangements

· 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


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 carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the Principal, SLT or line manager. 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

Salary: Up to Teachers Pay Scale 6 pro rata Hours: Start Date: 6.5 per week (0.2)