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Head of Learning Enrichment (SENCO)

Surbiton High Senior SchoolSurbiton, Greater London

Surbiton High School seeks an enthusiastic and outstanding Head of Learning Enrichment, who is passionate about encouraging and empowering our pupils to achieve their very best.

The Learning Enrichment Department at Surbiton High School is an approachable and friendly department consisting currently of 12 members of staff, a number of whom work part-time and some of whom who also work across our Girls’ Prep and/or Boys’ Prep Schools. We currently have 199 Senior School pupils on the learning support register with a range of Specific Learning Difficulties, dyslexia being the most widely represented. We currently have 2 senior school pupils on an EHCP.

This thriving department is based in a dedicated, large learning space and pupils come to the department for their LE lessons; we do not use Teaching Assistants. We teach pupils one-to-one, in pairs, or in small groups, depending on need. Pupils attend via before-school sessions, at breaks and lunchtimes, after school and during private study periods or in place of another lesson that they may have dropped, such as a language. It is a forward-looking department dedicated to ensuring pupils meet their potential and overcome barriers.

Job Purpose: To oversee Learning Enrichment provision from Year 7 - 13

Tenure: Permanent, Full-time

Key Responsibilities:

Subject Specific

  • Identify and screen pupils with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
  • Ensure provision of additional support for pupils is appropriate to their needs.
  • Provide teaching staff with information on individual pupils’ learning difficulties and strategies for classroom support.
  • Liaise and correspond with all relevant stakeholders to best support the pupil (parents, teachers etc).
  • Maintain a Learning Support Register.
  • Draw up and distribute Learner Profiles.
  • Work with the Examinations Team in regard to access arrangements
  • Provide study skills’ support
  • Liaise with the SENCO across the Prep Schools, focusing particularly on KS2 to KS3 transition from Girls’ Prep.
  • Contribute to whole-school policy through participation in Heads of Department and Pastoral Team meetings.
  • Keep the Senior Leadership Team informed of developments and changes in policy relating to Special Educational Needs.
  • Ensure that the School’s legal responsibilities are met.
  • Be willing to train and support relevant staff.
  • Be able to interpret assessment data in a meaningful way and to disseminate accordingly.
  • Plan and organise the Learning Support Department’s timetable.
  • To work with Admissions at the Senior School to ensure entrance exams are correctly tailored
  • To lead on the EHCP process for individual pupils, ensuring correct protocol is followed and that the School meets statutory requirements.
  • To build and maintain relationships with external agencies, and to liaise with HR regarding clearance for external visitors to the School.
  • To teach a timetable which includes small groups and 1:1 from Year 7 – 13.
  • Line manage the Learning Enrichment Teachers including the line management and leadership of EAL.

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good Honours degree
  • Level 7 Diploma in SPLD, or equivalent
  • A NASENCO qualification, or equivalent, would be an advantage
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development
  • Be well organised with excellent communication skills
  • Have the ability to forge links with parents, the wider community and local partnerships
  • Have the ability to work on one’s own initiative
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching
  • Experience of leading and collaborating with colleagues
  • Experience in the use of pupil monitoring and assessment
  • Be passionate and knowledgeable about the learning process for different individuals and have a sound understanding of recent developments
  • Have knowledge of, and commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and adhere to and comply with the School’s Child Protection Policy statement at all times

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following:

Closing date for Applications: 8:00am,  Wednesday 14 April 2021

Interviews will take place week commencing: 26 April 2021

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

Surbiton High School is culturally diverse and fully committed to celebrating, respecting and learning about inclusion and diversity throughout the community.

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

Surbiton High School is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing.

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