Invictus Trust are Recruiting for a SENDCo to be based at Revive Alternative Provision. To start as soon as possible on a fixed term contract, 39 weeks per year and 0.4 FTE.
We are a Multi Academy Trust comprising of six secondary schools, one primary school, and two alternative provisions, with over 700 employees and over 5,000 students, based in Dudley, West Midlands.
At Invictus we are values driven and as such believe ‘anything is possible’. Our alternative provision estate supports learners to share the same ethos; young people who are most vulnerable are supported to flourish and experience success. Both Greenhill Alternative Learning Campus in Halesowen and Invictus Revive Learning Centre in Dudley aim to support young people in KS3 and 4 who have been unable to achieve in a mainstream setting.
We require a well-qualified SENDCo to have overall responsibility for SEND within our two small alternative provisions. The successful candidate must hold QTS and hold the National Award SENCo qualification. The addition of the level 7 certification to assess pupil’s entitlement to access arrangements for examinations is also preferred.
The SENDCo will have overall responsibility for SEND provision within our APs.
The post demands patience, determination and a desire to foster young people’s learning/development to achieve excellent outcomes. In return we can offer support and development that is shaped to meet your needs and aspirations, including first-rate induction and CPD programmes linked with other schools, plus the chance to take part in area and region-wide training/events.
This post provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to work in a small and high-performing alternative provision with supportive & caring colleagues. This is a fixed term post with potential for a permanent position. If you are resilient, hardworking, and organised we would welcome your application to join the ‘dream team’.
You will need to;
- Play a key role within the school to ensure that all pupils with additional needs in our alternative provision settings make accelerated progress in their learning and achieve to the very best of their ability.
- Ensure any additional needs of students are identified and the graduated response follows in a timely fashion.
- Establish a ‘screening’ assessment programme to establish a baseline of need for students on entry to alternative provision.
- Establish a daily personalised support programme for young people in alternative provision.
- Identify and adopt the most effective teaching approaches for pupils with SEN.
- Evaluate teaching and learning activities to ensure they meet the needs of pupils with SEN
- Liaise with previous settings to ensure the identification/ continuity of support and learning of pupils with SEN on entry to provision.
- Keep the Special Needs Register up to date where the student is on roll.
- Set targets for raising achievement among pupils with additional learning needs and SEN through multi-disciplinary passport meetings.
- Interpret assessment data, feeding specifically into termly Pupil Progress Review.
- Meet with class teachers and AP practitioners and formulate plans to address any issues and needs as appropriate.
- Maintain and further develop existing systems for identifying, assessing and reviewing SEN
- Advise staff on the effectiveness of provision for pupils with additional learning needs and SEN and suggest appropriate interventions who need support.
- Liaise with external agencies to broker timely assessment and support for young people.
- Provide training opportunities for learning support assistants and other teachers to learn about SEN / additional needs
- Complete and submit applications for Education Health Care Plans as required.
- Disseminate outstanding practice in SEN across the AP estate.
- Identify resources needed to meet the needs of pupils with SEN and advise the Director of AP of priorities for expenditure.
- To promote and model a restorative approach to dealing with conduct of young people.
- Advising colleagues about their concerns and ensuring that these are documented at Stage 1 of the Code of Practice or taken up and acted upon at other stages
- Monitoring any screening / baseline assessments in order to identify and address children who are falling behind.
- Provide high quality teaching and learning within the subject area.
- Maintain high expectations and standards in classroom practice.
- Maintain order and discipline while promoting the use of restorative practices
- National Award SENCo qualification and level 7 certification to assess pupil’s entitlement to access arrangements for examinations.
- Ability to teach all ability groups, meeting the needs of all students especially those who are in alternative provision for a variety of reasons, including those with SEN.
- To have a thoroughly up to date knowledge of the delivery and assessment of subject specifications, and National Curriculum and alternative curriculum/accreditation models.
- Good or outstanding teacher.
- Experience of working with young people who may present challenging behaviour would be advantageous.
- An understanding of restorative practices as an alternative to punitive measures.
Contact Mr C Bennett, Director of Alternative Provision for an informal conversation about this role on 01384 686607
Closing date: Friday 3rd December 5pm
We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.
We are deeply committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and expect all Staff and Volunteers to share this commitment. All necessary Safeguarding checks will be undertaken which must have satisfactory outcomes, otherwise the conditional job offer may be withdrawn. Details of the checks that will be undertake can be found at: Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2021- https://bit.ly/3sFula8
This role has been assessed as working in regulated activity and is subject to an Enhanced DBS plus Children’s Barred List Check.
It is an offence to apply for this role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website:
Positions at the school are exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to a post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). DBS Filtering guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website.
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