SENDCo (0.4)

Location Totnes
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £25714 to £41640
Contact name: Alex Moore

Contact email:
Job ref: 50998
Published: 24 days ago
Startdate: 08/06/2022

Opus Education are currently working with a MAT in the Totnes area, who are looking to employ a SENDCo on a 0.4 basis. 

We are looking to appoint outstanding SENDCo with experience of working with challenging/SEN pupils. 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.

Main purpose The SENCO, under the direction of the Principal, 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 SENCO will also be expected to fulfil the professional responsibilities of a teacher
  • Will practice and embed values in all they do

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

Person Specification

  • QTS
  • National Award for SEN Co-ordination
  • Degree
  • Teaching Experience
  • Experience of conducting training/leading INSET
  • Sound knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
  • Ability to influence and negotiate
  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality
  • DBS Check

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.

If you would like any further information, please apply within or call Opus Education on 01392322419.