Assistant SENCo, Dartford, Kent

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Wilmington AcademyDartford, Kent

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Start date: April 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS + London Fringe Allowance + SEN Allowance based on experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

About the role:  Due to the expansion of our ASD Statutory Resource Provision (The Iris Centre), we have a rare and exciting opportunity to appoint an Assistant SENCo who will join our SEN team from Easter 2018. We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate individual to assist the SENCo in coordinating our current SEND and ASD provision, whilst working closely with our LSAs and teaching staff. This will be a split role as there will be a teaching commitment included based on the specialism that our successful candidate offers.  We offer a well-established SEN team to be part of, support with your own professional development and engaging children who are keen to learn!  For more information, click here to view the Job Description and Person Specification.

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 and knowledgeable about this area of education and possess the relevant leadership and managerial skills to ensure successful running of the department.   Whether you are at the start of specialising within an SEN remit or have a wealth of experience, we focus on what attributes you will bring to the Academy and most importantly what impact you will have on our students.  Please note that for the right candidate, we can be flexible and consider an HLTA with directly relevant experience and skillset; in this instance the salary offered will be commensurate with experience on the Support Staff Pay Scale. 

Our ideal candidate will;

  • consistently drive to ensure that all children achieve their full potential
  • provide support with leading, motivate and inspire others
  • advise staff about best practice and model this where appropriate
  • evidence that they are an innovative, creative and strategic thinker
  • demonstrate a proactive and collaborative approach to working with others
  • work under pressure whilst remaining highly organised
  • analyse data effectively to identify and track the progress of vulnerable groups/children
  • have experience of identifying, evaluating and providing effective strategies for pupils with SEN
  • be committed to Wilmington Academy’s ethos
  • have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of pupils

Working at the Academy:  Wilmington Academy joined the Trust in September 2010.  The Academy is a highly successful, heavily oversubscribed, growing secondary of 1,100 pupils housed in state of the art buildings in a semi-rural location just outside of Dartford.  Rated by OfSTED as Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management, Wilmington offers a calm and purposeful learning environment where students can flourish and succeed. 

We increased our admission number in September 2016 to 240 students, demonstrating a huge vote of confidence in the education that we provide.  The local authority is investing in a new building housing 16 classrooms, adding to the state of the art facilities that already exist.

The hard work, skill and dedication of our talented staff ensure that students at the academy make excellent progress.  Value added puts in the top band for similar schools nationally in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 and examination outcomes are among the best of non-selective schools in Kent.  Our success is achieved through teamwork.  We support the Trust model of small schools within a school, so that no student is left behind.  Vertical tutor groups, an excellent pastoral programme underpinned by a strong moral purpose helps students to develop into responsible, well-educated young adults who are ready to take their next steps in life.

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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More about Wilmington Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Common Lane, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7DR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1322 272111
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Wilmington Academy is a mixed, non-selective 11-19 secondary school with sixth form, situated in Wilmington near Dartford in Kent. There are 840 students on the school roll, 100 of whom are in the sixth form. Wilmington Academy is part of Leigh Acade...