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Deputy SENDCo / Learning Support Assistant

Deputy SENDCo / Learning Support Assistant

Ark Greenwich Free School


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£21,743 - £28,911 (actual salary plus additional annual performance bonus)
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
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5 February 2018

Job overview

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional Deputy SENDco / Learning Support Assistant who will be fully committed to all aspects of our school vision and our core values of Growth, Fellowship, and Scholarship. You will be joining a team of dedicated staff who are committed to going the extra mile to help make a real difference to the children in our care. 

The Greenwich Free School (GFS) opened in September 2012 as a state-funded, mixed, non- denominational, 11-16 comprehensive school for the children of Greenwich. 

Our ideal candidate will be a driven and passionate person with the ability to learn from feedback and a hunger to constantly improve and develop.  We are looking for someone who can work as part of a team, roll their sleeves up and excel at what they do. You will be a passionate about academic excellence, have an unrelenting obsession to be the best you can be, and in turn motivate the pupils in your care to excel. You will need to be calm, well organised, and self-confident, with excellent communication and inter-personal skills. The post requires close collaboration with colleagues but will also involve working on your own initiative to find the best approaches to supporting pupils with SEND to achieve their potential.  You will need to be a cheerful and organised self-starter, flexible and adaptable, with a helpful, friendly and inclusive approach. 

As part of the role of Deputy SENDco you will:   

1. Work alongside the SENDCo in providing outstanding support for those pupils with SEND. 

2. Work with external agencies in developing and leading on small group interventions, facilitating their delivery and monitoring pupil progress and outcomes.

3. Assist in the chairing of annual reviews for pupils with SEND

4. Assist on the time tabling of support staff, in line with a pupil’s EHCP and needs

5. Coordinate specialists and their visits to the school

6. Assist in the assessment of pupils and their special educational needs.

The post provides a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to excel across a range of areas, including classroom support for pupils with special needs and disabilities and the delivery of high-quality interventions. The successful applicant will support pupils, classroom teachers, and the SENDCo on a daily basis in the classroom and around the school, through academic and pastoral support sessions, some light medical care, and some routine administrative duties. LSAs at GFS participate in regular pupil observations to help support the development of inclusive provision and also engage in regular peer-observation and coaching, offering you the chance to grow and develop in your role.

Hours of work during term time will between the hours of 07:45 and 17:30 Monday - Friday. Please note the salary is the actual salary earned (not pro rata) and is paid monthly.

If after reading the enclosed information you would like to apply, please click the 'apply now' button to complete the online application form and ensure you include a supporting statement setting out why you feel you are suitable for the role in an evidence-led way that addresses the key requirements of the job by 09:00 Monday 5th February 2018.

Interviews and assessment will take place Wednesday 7th February 2018. If you have any queries please contact Victoria Hemmings on 020 8319 3692. If you would like to speak with the SENDco directly, please call on the number above. Visits to the school are welcome and please contact Victoria to arrange. 

We look forward to receiving your application.

Greenwich Free School is 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 satisfactory references.  

We reserve the right to bring forward the closing date at our discretion, early application is advised. Only successful applicants will be contacted.       

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About Ark Greenwich Free School

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We opened in September 2012 as a new Free School - a four-form entry, state-funded, mixed, non-denominational, 11-18 comprehensive school for the children of Greenwich. We are now full at 11-16. The School is extremely popular and is 6 times oversubscribed and staff are hard-working and committed to the school’s vision.

We have some very clear ‘givens’ and below is set out what we think are the most important features of our model. The school's ethos runs in line with our core values of Ambition, Growth, Fellowship & Scholarship. Underpinning this is a clear focus on Behaviour and we have exceptionally high expectations of our students.

We invest heavily in the curriculum and believe that the design and implementation of the curriculum is at the heart of school life.  It creates an atmosphere for learning and sets the tone and philosophy for teachers.

Alongside being a school that values the importance of subject disciplines we also invest in high-quality weekly training and have access to world-class development opportunities through our partnerships with a wide range of schools, universities and sector-leading organisations. We are an accredited CPD provider through the Teacher Development Trust, many of our departments have won external awards in History and Computer Science, and we work closely with well-regarded curriculum providers. This means that we can help all staff at the school grow and develop.

We run a compulsory enrichment programme every Wednesday afternoon to ensure all our pupils receive a more holistic education. All of the AGFS staff commit to delivering elements of this. We also run a series of 12 ‘Drop Down Days’ throughout the year where the timetable is collapsed, enabling all pupils to undertake day-long programmes and activities – for example, university visits and trips to museums and theatres -  as well as providing space for more intensive subject-led learning and extended academic projects.

AGFS has been described by The Economist as providing “plenty of hope for British education” and was selected by the Evening Standard as one of five “new model schools” in London. 

Additionally we have received the following comments:


“Fantastic and extraordinary…Quiet lessons, happy students, nuclear focus, masses of support for students” Tom Bennett, founder of Research Ed and behaviour adviser to the Department for Education

“Amongst the highest performing schools in London” Evening Standard

“It was a real pleasure to visit AGFS. You are absolutely focusing on the right things and should be extremely proud of your school” Rebecca Boomer-Clark (Former Regional Schools Commissioner)

'Every child deserves the best possible start in life - and nothing is more important to them than a good education. The teachers and staff at Greenwich Free School are passionate about the importance of education, and they combine their passion with great professionalism and skill. They will do their very best for your child.'
Lord Adonis, former Schools Minister

'GFS is one of the country's most impressive and forward-thinking Free Schools, attracting considerable national attention and setting an exceptionally high quality bar for future Free Schools. I'm confident that its superb team will provide an outstanding education for the children of Greenwich.'
Rachel Wolf, Director, New Schools' Network

We warmly invite you to come and visit GFS and see for yourself all that we are doing to provide outstanding teaching and pastoral care to all our pupils.

Life in the Greenwich Free School is hard work, but it is also truly engaging, exciting and fun. It is a school of which our pupils are proud – and we are proud of each and every one of them.

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