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SEN Coordinator

Oundle SchoolNorthamptonshire

To start in September 2021, we are seeking an exceptional SEN Coordinator who is able to develop and inspire our pupils, and who wishes to participate in and contribute to the life of the School as a whole. In return, the School is committed to helping you develop further as a teacher by supporting you with appropriate professional development.

The department

The busy Educational Support department offers individual or small group support to those who experience problems associated with a full range of specific learning difficulties and disabilities with an educational impact, underdeveloped study skills and also to pupils for whom English is an additional language. Support is available to pupils six days per week and, because of the nature of the timetable, there is an expected commitment to teaching outside the mainstream curriculum.

Learning difficulties at Oundle do not preclude success. Indeed, it is frequently the case that difficulty in one area is balanced by outstanding performance in another and we aim to support areas of difficulty by playing to a pupil’s strengths. The department echoes the School’s ethos, valuing the richness of diversity of its pupils and striving to ensure that all pupils have access to a full, balanced curriculum, which nurtures and enhances individual strengths, whilst supporting individual difficulties.

The role

You will be responsible for identifying need for, and advising on, support programmes for pupils who have a special educational need or disability. The SENCO is the lead specialist and assessor within the Educational Support department. You will give the initial response to referrals and give advice to Heads of Department, Hsms et al on professional reports for prospective pupils. You will be able to advise the Head of Educational Support and colleagues on the provision for SEND pupils, and attend meetings with parents in an advisory capacity.

You will coordinate and oversee applications for access arrangements, once agreed by the Head of Educational Support. This is a role requiring a high level of expertise. It requires a significant time commitment, which is reflected by the teaching time remission to 30 periods per fortnight. 

If you do not already possess the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination, you will be expected to achieve the award within two years of appointment.

The details

During term time, you are expected to work the hours required to fulfil the requirements of the role - this will involve Saturdays each week and some evening and Sunday work. Work expectations during School holiday periods are around School trips, Exeats, exam results and any training days.

Generally, the role of a teacher involves two thirds teaching, and the remaining time split between tutoring and extra-curricular activities. Where possible, your interests and experience will be matched with your commitments.

The town

Oundle is a historic market town in Northamptonshire famous for its beautiful Georgian streets and impressive limestone buildings. The town has a spirited cultural life, with an annual international festival, literature festival, and frequent performances of nationally touring shows at the School’s Stahl Theatre.  For those moving into the area, accommodation may be available at a discounted rate.  Other benefits include a salary on the generous Oundle pay scale.

To apply

An application pack and job descriptions can be downloaded from our website via the Apply button.

Closing date: Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 9am

Interview dates: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March 2021

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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