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Job details
Employer Abbey Gate College
Location Cheshire West and Chester
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts September 2017

Head of Learning Enrichment

We are seeking a forward thinking, well qualified, enthusiastic and motivated person to lead the provision for pupils with SEND and learning differences at Abbey Gate College.

Person specification: 

Essential qualities

· Experienced Specialist teacher

· Ability to manage and co-ordinate a busy department 

· Demonstrates an ability to work well under pressure

· Excellent communication skills

· Is committed to working with parents, colleagues and other agencies in a positive, sensitive and   constructive manner

· An inspirational, committed and highly effective educational practitioner dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every individual pupil

· Well organised, patient and reliable

· Excellent time management skills

· Be committed to the protection and safeguarding of children

· Common sense and initiative 

· Flexible and adaptable

· Forward thinking

Desirable Qualities 

· Postgraduate qualification in SpLD

· National Award for SEN coordination

· Experience of independent education

· Has a good understanding of current legislation, regulations and developments relating to the provision of learning support

· Enthusiastic and innovative

· Ability to raise attainment through motivating and inspiring staff and pupils

· Sense of humour

· Be committed to CPD

· Excellent ICT skills

· Be able to contribute to the ex-curricular/ co-curricular life of the school

· Calm under pressure

Job description: 

Reporting to: Deputy Head of Curriculum/ Headmistress   

Main responsibilities: 

Contribute to strategic planning for SEND within the whole school by: 

· Developing and supporting effective practice for SEND pupils to ensure that they make progress in line with other groups  

· Supporting outstanding practice in differentiation and ensuring all staff are equipped to meet the needs of all pupils 

· Writing IEP’s and Pupil Profiles for pupils with SEND

· Using data effectively to monitor and evaluate pupil progress and attainment, and the impact of targeted interventions 

· Ensuring appropriate interventions are in place for pupils with SEND 

· Communicating the work of the Learning Enrichment department through the website, VLE and other media 

· Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to monitor the effectiveness of provision for pupils with SEND support throughout the school

Co-ordinate operational planning for SEND by: 

· Managing the day to day operation of the SEND policy, including SEND provision and the effective deployment of staff and physical resources 

· Maintaining a system for identifying, monitoring and reviewing progress of SEND pupils 

· Working with the Examination Officer to ensure that appropriate special arrangements for exams are in place 

· Conducting person centred annual review meetings for pupils with a statement/EHC plan in line with LEA guidance 

· Identifying pupils with learning difficulties and putting in place suitable arrangements for the teaching of these students

· Using the school’s ICT resources to gather and disseminate information about pupils with SEND 

· Maintaining records on all pupils with SEND

· Utilising pupil, school, local and national data effectively to inform planning for SEND 

Work in partnership with teaching and non-teaching staff, primary feeder schools, parents and outside agencies by:

· Supporting staff in overcoming barriers to pupil’s learning by providing advice on differentiation and learning styles 

· Disseminating information on SEND pupils to relevant parties 

· Liaising with the Deputy Head (Curriculum)

· Liaising closely with the Registrar regarding new applicants with learning difficulties

· Liaising closely with the Examinations Officer and Specialist teacher/assessor with regard to Access Arrangements

· Communicating with parents 

· Representing the LE department at the Governors Education Sub-committee meetings

· Participating in the induction of new staff

· Working with outside agencies 

· Contributing to transition arrangements for pupils with SEND at primary/secondary transfer

Promote staff development in relation to SEND by:

· Keeping up to date with research, resources, policy etc. by attending courses, conferences etc. and disseminating good practice in SEND across the school 

· Working with the SLT to arrange and provide College SEND CPD

Teaching and Assessment responsibilities will include:

· 1:1 specialist teaching

· Small group teaching

· Arranging and reviewing results of screening tests for Year 7

· Working with the Specialist teacher to ensure that assessments for access arrangements are completed

· Review Form 8 applications with the Specialist Teacher and Deputy Head (Curriculum)

Closing date: Wednesday 22 March 2017 (5pm)

Interviews to commence:  w/c 27 March 2017

To apply please complete and return the Abbey Gate College application form


About the employer

Information about Abbey Gate College
Org type Mainstream School
Phase Secondary
Funding status Independent
Gender Mixed
Age range 11 - 18 years
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+44 1244 335 510