Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Hertfordshire

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

Hitchin Boys' SchoolHertfordshire

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are seeking to appoint a new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator with previous experience in a SEND leadership role. The successful candidate will be a qualified teacher who is able to model and advise on outstanding classroom practice in terms of Quality First Teaching. You will benefit from:

  • Normal teaching salary plus a significant TLR commensurate with experience
  • Minimal teaching requirement
  • Assistant SENCO – whom the successful candidate will recruit

We are looking for an inspiring Special Needs Co-ordinator who is passionate about children and expects the highest possible standards to support them. As the new SENCO you will lead and manage a team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) to provide the best education and outcomes for all children.

Your first role will be to help us recruit a non-teaching SEND specialist as Assistant SENCO to support you.

Hitchin Boys’ is a comprehensive school for the whole community and a friendly workplace that values teamwork and high achievement in all areas of work with young people. At Hitchin Boys’ School you will have a wealth of opportunities to develop as a leader. We can offer you a range of bespoke courses and qualifications through our Teaching School Alliance, including our NPQML & NPQSL for aspiring leaders.

We believe in investing in your knowledge and expertise through regular support, coaching and a wide range of professional development and training.

As the SENCO you will assume responsibility for the day-to-day provision made for the students, liaising with external agencies, the Local Authority and other key personnel in school as appropriate.

You must:

  • Have previous SENCO experience (ideally 2 years)
  • Have an excellent knowledge of SEND in a secondary school settings
  • Be able to work effectively with students, staff, parents/carers and professionals.
  • Be passionate about working with children and ensure that the highest possible standards are met to support them
  • Be able to lead & manage a team of LSAs to provide the best education and outcomes for all children

Your role will be:

  • To contribute to and implement strategic plans for the provision of pupils with EHCPs
  • To work with the Leadership team ensuring an ethos of Inclusion within the Academy and a culture of high aspirations for students with SEND
  • To work with the Leadership team to ensure the implementation of the Academy SEND Policy
  • To deploy staff and resources according to the needs of SEND students
  • To ensure that the provision of SEND support is in accordance with the aims of the Academy and the curricular policies determined by the Governing Body of the Academy
  • To be responsible for the accurate identification of SEND need across the Academy, ensuring a rigorous and thorough assessment process
  • To be a role model with regard to Quality First Teaching and differentiation within your own teaching practice
  • To be responsible for the embedding of Quality First Teaching across the Academy
  • To be responsible for the Academy SEND Offer, ensuring high quality targeted interventions enabling students with SEND to make better progress
  • To provide a programme of professional development with regard to SEND, that ensures all staff have the knowledge, skills and understanding to plan teaching and learning effectively and enable students with SEND to make expected progress
  • To be responsible for tracking the progress of students with SEND, using a wide range of Academy data relating to progress, attainment, referrals, exclusions, detentions and attendance to identify barriers to learning
  • To write and present a termly report to the Governing body on progress and developments

Applications from those wishing to contribute to other aspects of school life outside the classroom are particularly welcome. A full induction programme is provided for all new staff.

Hitchin Boys’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all posts.

Further details and an application form are available on the school website. Completed forms should be emailed to the Headteacher’s PA Mrs Sarah Ziebland at sziebland@hitchinboys.co.uk.

We welcome enquiries about the role and exploratory visits to the school – please contact Sarah Ziebland.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Grammar School Walk, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JB, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1462 432181
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