Assistant SENCO, Dartford

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The Leigh UTCDartford

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Start date: April 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Starting Salary: £17,023 per annum (£20,117 full time equivalent)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

About the role:  The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy have a rare and exciting opportunity to appoint a suitably experienced Assistant SENCO in a non-teaching capacity to assist in managing the provision for pupils identified as having Special Educational Needs (SEN).  The overarching purpose of this role is to promote high quality teaching, effective use of resources, and high standards of learning and achievement for all pupils.  The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, flexible, well organised and able to work as part of a team as well as having the ability to work alone when required.  This role is ideal for candidates currently working in a classroom support position, keen to progress within the SEN remit and take on more responsibility.  The position is term time plus 1 week of inset, 37 hours per week. 

Key responsibilities include;

  • To assist the SENCO in leading the provision for SEN within school
  • To manage appropriate resources for Special Needs and Learning Support and ensure that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely
  • To develop curriculum resources to ensure that pupils identified as having SEN have the required levels of support
  • To support the SENCO in managing the implementation of an inclusive curriculum
  • Within the context of the academy’s aims and policies, to work with the SENCO to develop and implement intervention groups and support
  • To provide all those with involvement in Special Needs and Learning Support the support, challenge, information and development necessary to sustain motivation and secure improvement in learning
  • To support learning of students as allocated by the SENCO and in coordination with Directors of Learning
  • To manage and maintain provision maps
  • Co-ordinate access arrangements for pupils during all necessary exams

For more information, please consult the Job Description by clicking here. 

Working with us: Having opened in September 2014 with state-of-the-art facilities initially for Key Stages 4 and 5, The Leigh UTC provides an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curriculum, enabling students to achieve relevant work-related qualifications and transferable skills for future training or employment. The most unique feature of The Leigh UTC is its business ethos that is emphasised by our students' behaviours and supported by our sponsors.

In September 2017, following the request of the Department for Education due to our continued success, The Leigh UTC marked history by expanding its student intake to incorporate Key Stage 3 – the first UTC in the UK to do this.  Furthermore, being the first UTC to have IB World School Status has enabled us to develop strong links in Germany and Qatar.  Having IB Status will enable us to further develop the mid years programme (MYP) for our Key Stage 3 students and thus providing a joined up pathway from ages 11 to 19.  The overarching mission of the Inspiration Academy is to develop curious, academically-skilled young people who aspire to be principled, compassionate learners.  Our curriculum strives to create students who are self-motivated, competent, willing to take risks and lifelong learners.

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...