Head of Academic Support

Brighton GirlsBrighton and Hove

If you are an experienced SENCo, this is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role raising the profile of neurodiversity and Special Educational Needs within a warm and lively community in the heart of Brighton.

As the Head of Academic Support, you will have overall responsibility for the professional leadership and management of the SEND department. You will lead on the strategic development of SEND policy / provision and developing effective ways of bridging barriers to learning for SEND pupils. This will include responsibility for ensuring that changes in legislation and current research are reflected in the school’s SEND policy / provision.

You will also oversee screening and assessment procedures for SEND pupils and identify those who need support and monitor their progress throughout their school life. You will also be responsible for supporting the teaching and learning of SEND and EAL pupils through one-to-one sessions, lesson intervention and the development of study skills. The role will also include responsibility for delivering training for staff in recognising and catering for pupils with SEND provision.

Beyond the SEND department, you will also play a key role in creating a programme for study skills and delivering sessions for students and parents on revision techniques and different learning styles.

To be considered for this role, you will need a comprehensive knowledge base of SEND needs in general. Experience of teaching pupils with SEND and regular class teaching, covering a range of abilities and ages, is equally important.

Why join Brighton Girls?

As a founding school of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Brighton Girls has a significance in the history of girls’ education. Located in the heart of the city of Brighton; we are as eclectic, enterprising, and creative as the city itself. Our girls are bright and independent: they are resilient and not afraid to take risks; they have strong social consciences and enjoy learning.

As part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, our staff benefit from our 140-year history of excellence and innovation in girls’ education, with many opportunities to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across the network. They have access to an extensive central training and professional development programme to complement school-based INSET, and also funding grants for individual courses of study.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension schemes
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment

For further details about this opportunity and to apply please click the apply button. 

Applications should be submitted by 20th May 2021.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

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