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SEN Assessor

Jewish Community Secondary SchoolNew Barnet, Greater London

Salary: NJC New Scale 20-25 (£28992 - £31557) pro rata

Hours: Full time, 34 hours per week, term time only, until December 2022 in the first instance but likely to become permanent 

Required from: January 2022 until December 2022 in the first instance but likely to become permanent 

Closing Date: 9am Tuesday 14th December

Interviews: Thursday 16th December, but we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.

This Role:  As part of a review and expansion of capacity in the Learning Support Faculty, we need a specialist Assessor to lead our work in the area of identifying SEND and Exam Access Arrangements and, together with the SENCo team, make recommendations of provision to meet need.   

The successful candidate will join a busy, large and high-profile Learning Support Faculty within the school: a team of SENCo, Deputy and Assistant SENCos work under the overall supervision of our Director of Inclusion (also responsible for our separate autism provision), with significant numbers of LSAs and administrative support.  The post arises from a process of reviewing and expanding capacity in this key area.  

We currently screen all students in Year 9 using Lucid, as well as managing specific requests for assessment, many of which are in relation to Access Arrangements (there is full administrative support for this aspect of the work).  The caseload is substantial in our context, and we also operate pre- and post-intervention assessments in collaboration with subject specialists in the school.   

We need someone with expertise in the field, experience of Lucid and of the expectations of JCQ and Ofqual, and confident in making decisions.  They will be proactive and flexible, skilled in and committed to the progress and inclusion of SEND students, and able to communicate with colleagues, parents and students.   

Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again. Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition. The staff and leadership team includes different faiths and none at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a school like no other.

Our Results: We have a track record of outstanding academic results and our 2019 outcomes make us the 3rd highest-performing non-selective maintained school at both GCSE and A level according to The Times.  44% of A level grades were at A*or A, with over a quarter of the cohort scoring at least two A grades. Level 3 vocational outcomes were equally strong, with 70% of grades at Distinction or better.  At GCSE, half of grades were at grade 7 or higher, and a third of the cohort achieved at least 8 GCSEs at grade 7 or better.  Our ALPS grade is 2 at both A level and GCSE, and our ‘Progress 8’ score is 0.68. 9 students gained places at Oxbridge this year, and on top of this (as is typical) students secured places for Medicine, Art, Architecture & Media at prestigious institutions.

Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development. Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new teaching staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes, and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities. Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term. Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff*. Our website details a huge number and variety of staff wellbeing initiatives.

* (Children, Jewish and non-Jewish, of JCoSS staff who have a permanent contract of employment and have completed two years of service on the last day of the summer term of the academic year prior to application)

Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £50m buildings overlooking the Green Belt. It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links, public buses run past the entrance and a school coach service (available to staff) serves our whole catchment area. We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We have approval for an additional building, allowing us to expand our intake to 2017 per cohort, in response to significant long-term over-subscription. We expect to start building this academic year.

JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Note that we do not shortlist from CV alone.

For information, including an application pack, please click 'quick apply' or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on recruitment@jcoss.barnet.sch.uk 

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.

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