SEN Coordinator, Mwanza, Tanzania

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Isamilo International School MwanzaMwanza, Tanzania

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Start date: January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to develop their leadership skills in order to embed an inclusive SEN approach alongside a supportive senior management team.   Isamilo International School is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Special Educational Needs Coordinator to join our staff team. Our SENCO will be hands on; involved in all aspects of teaching and learning as well as leading our staff team in the development of our inclusive SEN provision. The SENCO will also have a teaching commitment within the school and is expected to demonstrate excellent classroom practise, modelling an inclusive atmosphere where education is tailored to suit all learners.   

The School:

Isamilo International School is the oldest international school in Mwanza and is held in high esteem by the local community. We offer an exceptional and well balanced education to 400+ children from a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds aged between 2 and 18 years including boarding students from across East Africa. We have a committed team of creative, resourceful and inspiring teachers and teaching assistants. Due to the nature of being a non-profit school, the staff and students alike are used to finding inspired resolutions to overcome the challenges this can bring. The school benefits from a close-knit community where teachers, students, parents and guardians all come together to guarantee a memorable and enjoyable experience. 

The campus incorporates a sports field, netball and tennis courts as well as an outdoor 25metre swimming pool. There is a great range of extra-curricular activities offered by our staff. Community Service is a highly valued aspect of our school with staff and students giving their time voluntarily to supporting our Saturday School outreach programme as well as fundraising in order to support other local charities in Mwanza. The academic calendar has three terms. Term 1: Monday 3rd September 2018 - Friday 7th December 2018; Term 2: Monday 7th January 2019- Friday 5th April 2019; Term 3: Monday 22nd April 2019 - Friday 5th July 2019. 


Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania, after Dar es Salaam. There are frequent ferries to neighbouring islands, including Rubondo and Ukerewe. It has a growing population of over 700,000 residents.  As well as being in close proximity to the Serengeti, Mwanza is just a short flight away from Dar es Salaam, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Mwanza boasts breath-taking views of Lake Victoria, famous rock formations and local wildlife.

What we are looking for:  

The successful candidate will: 

• Hold or be working towards the National Award for SEN Coordination or equivalent; 

• Be a qualified teacher; 

• Have thorough knowledge of the new SEN code of practice; 

• Be able to build strong relationships with families and the wider community; 

• Demonstrate a high level of adaptability; 

• Show a high level of creativity and independence in supplying SEN provision in the absence of external support agencies;  

• Assess the needs of pupils and support teachers to plan for them accordingly; 

• Motivate, support and manage the SEN practise of teachers and teaching assistants; 

• Provide staff training to develop expertise in working with children who have SEN; 

• Plan and evaluate SEN interventions; 

• Demonstrate excellent, inclusive classroom practise; 

• Evaluate and update the SEN action plans; 

• Fully support the mission and ethos of the school; 


  • Flights  provided at the start and end of contract to your country of origin
  • Start-up  grant issued
  • Furnished,  secure accommodation close to school
  • Visa and residency 
  • Medical   insurance for the successful candidate and up to two accompanying dependants 
  • Opportunities to join day and residential school trips for boarders and a range of year      groups across Africa
  • Free school places for up to 2 dependents
  • Generous  holidays to travel home and/or beyond 
  • A  strong, supportive expatriate community providing a ‘home away from home’
  • Professional development and guidance given
  • End of contract bonus

As a school we have an absolute commitment to safeguarding and child protection. The successful candidate will be required to provide supporting documents to confirm their suitability to work with the children.

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More about Isamilo International School Mwanza
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Denomination: Anglican
Address: Box 42, Mwanza, Tanzania, United Republic of
Telephone: +255 28 2500497
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