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Head of Neurodiversity (Learning Support)

DLD College LondonWestminster

We are looking for experienced and dedicated applicants from qualified Special Educational Needs backgrounds as Teachers or Leaders for the position of Head of Neurodiversity (Learning Support) on a full-time basis. DLD College is an independent co-educational boarding college situated in the heart of London overlooking Westminster and the river Thames. The college was recently crowned ‘Boarding School of the Year 2020’, offering first class pastoral provision to our students. This is a vibrant and diverse environment, offering ample opportunities for professional development and growth.

The successful candidate will be someone who can work as part of a team, as well as on their own initiative, and who relishes the opportunity to support young people.

DLD College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful applicant will need to obtain an enhanced disclosure via the DBS and have DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) clearance.

Job Purpose

To support students with additional needs and/or disabilities and special educational needs across the College.

Person specification

• A strong academic background (preferably with a PGCE) and further qualification in SEND, ideally a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties

• Qualified to minimum level 7 (preferably OCR Level 7 Certificate / Diploma for Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties)

• Competent in testing for exam access arrangements, be experienced in working with students on a 1:1 and small groups situations.

Job Description

Training

• Keeping abreast of developments in SEND by attending relevant CPD when required.

• Developing awareness of SEND students’ additional support amongst staff

• Training other members of staff to develop new teaching styles to respond to different learning styles and additional needs requirements through INSET provisions.

• Maintaining  student files and liaising with personal tutors and/or Directors of Studies (DoS) depending on the action to be taken;

Administration

• Maintaining information folders for individual students.

• Keeping SEND register up to date and information logged onto SIMS.

• Maintaining detailed records of lessons and work set and covered for each student taught (to be submitted to the appropriate Director of Studies every half term)

• Maintaining detailed records of students’ work

• Writing and developing Personalised Provision Plans.

• Identifying issues to Personal Tutors, Directs of Studies or boarding staff when appropriate.

• Writing of regular progress reports including a full end of term report on each student each term where relevant.

• Providing oral or written information on students as requested by Subject Leaders, Personal Tutors or other members of staff

• Attending parents’ meetings

• Facilitating Educational Health Care Plans/Annual Reviews, arrange appropriate meetings

• Liaising with external agents and local authorities.

• Providing support and advice to parents regarding all SEND issues as required.

• Attending relevant meetings (e.g. Pastoral) to provide a collaborative approach to student welfare.

Teaching

• Planning and preparing work as appropriate for one to one or small group tuition.

• Provide mentoring/coaching to SEND students who do not always require 1:1 support.

• Liaising with the Heads of Faculty, Directors of Studies and teaching staff regarding students being supported to obtain appropriate support and engagement.

• Ensuring that individual student profiles and educational psychologist reports are made available.

• To attend weekly Learning Support meetings with the Director of Studies for GCSE.

• Following the guidelines for high quality teaching; use of ICT; health and safety procedures as defined in the staff handbook

• Following the college policy regarding the setting, marking and assessment of work as stated in the staff handbook

• To keep classrooms used in good order and to report any damage/faults etc. to the appropriate person

• To maintain a record of work completed by each individual supported

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