Deputy SENCo with Teaching Responsibilities, Lancashire

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Belmont SchoolLancashire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 dependent on experience
Contract term: Permanent

Deputy SENCo with Teaching responsibilities 

Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 dependent on experience

Location: Belmont School – Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire.

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week – Monday to Friday (term time) 


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We now have a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring or already qualified SENCo to join our close-knit team at Belmont School in Rossendale. 


About the School

Belmont is an independent specialist day school for boys 11 to 16, catering for children with a wide range of needs. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.


About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role

The Headteacher is seeking to appoint an aspiring or already a qualified SENCo to join this thriving specialist SEMH School. Responsible to the School SENCo/Assistant Head Teacher, the Deputy SENCO will assist in the running of the growing SEND Department, to ensure that the department and the school is successful in achieving its aims. You will be an enthusiastic, flexible and determined individual who shares our values and is looking to develop their career in this specialist area.


Who we are looking for

Whilst an interest and knowledge of Special Educational Needs is essential, we will consider applicants who are experienced Teachers who have the ambition and desire to become SENCO trained. Whilst experience within an SEMH/SEN specialist provision would be desirable we will consider applications from those who are currently working as a SENCO or a Deputy SENCO but would like experience in a different setting.

Subject specialism is not relevant but the ability to teach a humanities and/or another academic subject such as PSHE to pupils who have not met expected standards would be desirable, as would knowledge of Thrive, speech and language interventions and the role of Designated Teacher for looked after children.

Training and development will be provided for the successful candidate in line with the identified needs of the school, the skills of the individual and their prospective career progression.


Key Accountabilities:

Work closely with the SENCo/Assistant Headteacher

To undertake the role of Designated Teacher of looked after children

Take a pivotal role in the administration and delivery of Annual Reviews and PEP’s

To be responsible for the allocation and spending of pupil premium funding

To be the lead Teacher of an area of specialism i.e. SALT

To take every opportunity to positively engage with parents and carers, and other key stakeholders, forming strong links to communicate regarding all SEND issues related to their children

Assist the SENCO with the identification, assessment and provision for all children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities and to deputise for the SENCO if required


Essential Criteria

  • Will have Qualified Teacher Status
  • Will have a working knowledge of the SEN code of practice
  • Experience of EHCP’s and annual review process
  • A dedicated work ethic to ensure the needs of all pupils
  • The ability to communicate effectively to a broad range of people from pupils with communication difficulties to SEN Officers.
  • Is passionate about making learning effective and enjoyable 


Why work for us?

  • A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:
  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals 


This position is due to commence in September or a soon as possible after (subject to approved reference/DBS checks).  

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. 



More about Belmont School
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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 5 - 18 years
Address: Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 6RX, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1706 221 043
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Belmont School has an enviable reputation for turning pupils previous failures into success across the north west of England.

With its ethos of traditional values combined with a modern and innovative approach, it has been judged Outstanding by Ofste...