Deputy SENCO, Thamesmead, London

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Harris Garrard AcademyThamesmead, London

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018 or sooner
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS or UPS (Outer London) + TLR + £1,500 Harris Allowance + Performance and Loyalty Bonus + Pension Scheme (TPS) + Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan + Additional Harris Benefits
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking for an inspirational, qualified SEND Teacher to join our primary team as Deputy SENCO.

As we are an all-through academy, we can offer a unique opportunity for you to gain cross-phase experience and drive forward a seamless transition across the primary to secondary phases. You will be playing a key role in transforming opportunities for children with SEND in our community, with the support of a highly experienced senior team and a hugely successful multi-academy trust behind you.

Your role:

Working across EYFS, KS1, KS2 and the transition to KS3, you will be assisting the existing SENCO with:

  • Identification of children with SEND
  • EHCP plans
  • Engagement with stakeholders, including parents
  • Supporting teachers and support staff ensure their teaching is well matched to the needs of individual pupils  

What we are looking for:

  • QTS (or equivalent) and an undergraduate degree
  • NASENCO qualification (or working towards), or significant experience working with children with SEN within a primary or secondary setting
  • A passion for children’s learning and development
  • A willingness to try new things and to help develop new strategies in curriculum and assessment
  • The ability to motivate, lead and inspire colleagues
  • High aspirations for all children and a desire to raise standards
  • High aspirations for themselves and a commitment to further development

For a full job description and person specification, please download the Candidate Information Pack via the apply link.

Why work at Harris Garrard Academy?

Harris Garrard Academy is an all-through 3–18 academy with approximately 1350 pupils on roll and joined the Harris Federation as a sponsored academy in September 2017. The academy is based in Thamesmead in a purpose built building. We are now on a journey towards “Outstanding”, led by highly experienced executive principals with proven track records of school transformation. 

Our vision is clear: nothing is impossible and everything is possible, irrespective of personal characteristics or background. Every problem has a solution. We believe we are more robust, resilient and determined as a team than as a group of individuals. We support, challenge and hold each other to account at all levels within the academy to ensure that our students achieve their potential, are motivated, engaged and fully prepared for life beyond our academy.  We offer:

  • The opportunity to be involved in the transformation of a school from the very start
  • A stunning working environment, in a purpose-built school designed by Norman Foster and nominated for the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2004
  • A highly motivated team, led by exceptionally experienced and talented senior leaders
  • All the advantages of a successful academy group, with a strong central team of support, teaching and leadership staff
  • Generous Harris rewards and benefits package

Visits are strongly encouraged and very welcome.

For more information, please contact the academy on 0208 320 4800. 


Are you an Aspiring Senior Leader?

At Harris, we have a strong culture of school improvement, and professional development is at the heart of the Federation. We offer the opportunity for you to gain your NPQSL qualification, a dynamic development programme for middle leaders potentially one year away from senior leadership. This programme is led by some of the most talented principals in the country and delivered by high-performing principals and senior leaders with exceptional track-records. Our leaders have a wealth of knowledge and are highly experienced in improving outcomes for students. Find out more

Harris academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our commitments to safeguarding, the Harris Federation uses preferred agencies and is unable to work with any agencies where Terms of Business have not been agreed by both parties prior to an engagement.

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More about Harris Garrard Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Studio School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, Erith, Kent, DA18 4DW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 83204800