SENCO, Dartford

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The Leigh UTCDartford

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (London Fringe Allowance) commensurate with experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

About the role:  The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy have a rare and exciting opportunity for a SENCO to join our academy family for September 2018 and make a huge contribution to transforming the learning and lives of our students.  This is a brand new role for our academy and hugely pivotal, with responsibility for leading, developing and supporting effective practice for students with SEND.  The SENCO will lead a small team of dedicated staff in establishing and implementing a range of support and interventions for our SEND students across the academy.

Please note that this post has a small teaching commitment, approx. 0.4fte based on your subject specialism, and the successful candidate would be expected to model and advise on outstanding classroom practice particularly in terms of inclusion.  We offer you the chance to join a very well-established and highly skilled team within our academy, support with your own professional development and engaging children who are keen to learn!

What are we looking for in you?  To be successful you need to be a qualified teacher with experience of SEN related responsibilities, policy and practice.  The successful candidate will be passionate about inclusion, a champion for all students with SEND and an advocate for some of our most vulnerable.  Whether you are at the start of your SENCO career or have a wealth of experience, we are interested in talking with you about how you will help us to create outstanding inclusive provision and life-changing opportunities and outcomes for our students. As a Trust we feel it is important to hire for the right attitude which is why we look for teachers that are enthusiastic, focused and resilient to the day to day pressures that teaching brings.

Our ideal candidate will;

  • align with and actively promote our shared values and vision
  • have the highest of expectations and aspirations for themselves and others
  • consistently strive for excellence in order to ensure that all students are challenged to be the very best they can be
  • lead, motivate and inspire others within a culture of respect, dignity and celebration
  • be an innovative, creative and strategic thinker
  • demonstrate a proactive and collaborative approach to working with others
  • be highly efficient and effective
  • use data to identify and track the progress of vulnerable groups/students
  • have excellent leadership and management skills
  • have the knowledge, skills and commitment to transform the lives of our students

Responsibilities will include;

  • taking a strategic overview of the curriculum design and implementation for students with SEND
  • ensuring the needs of all students with SEND are met and that they are supported to make good progress
  • advising, supporting and training class teachers, learning support assistants and mentors, enabling them to offer high quality provision to SEND students
  • co-ordinating the academy’s responsibilities during the statutory assessment process, with a view to ensuring that students with a high level of need obtain an EHCP
  • advising and supporting the parents/carers of students on our SEND register

Please consult the Job Description for further information by clicking here.

Recent Ofsted success!  We have recently been judged as Good with Outstanding Leadership in our first inspection since opening.  Our key successes and features that our successful candidate can be part of are as follows; 
- The promotion of pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding
- Pupils, including the disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, catch up from previous underachievement and make strong and often rapid progress in a range of subjects and disciplines
- Application to learning is often exemplary
- The Leigh UTC makes a real difference for its pupils and surrounding area. Pupils become motivated to find and follow their passions. They leave well equipped to succeed in engineering and related technical and design careers and contribute to the economy.
- The Principal, with his leaders and staff team, model a high-quality working environment. This rubs off on pupils, who value the supportive ethos, work-like atmosphere.

Diversity at our core:  As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - University Technical College (UTC)
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 14 - 19 years
Address: The Bridge Development, Brunel Way, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5TF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1322 626 600
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The Leigh UTC opened in 2014 and is part of Leigh Academies Trust.  Sponsors include University of Greenwich, Bluewater, Eurostar and Kenard Engineering.  The Leigh UTC provides an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curricu...