SENCO (fixed term contract), Kensington and Chelsea

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Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)Kensington and Chelsea

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR 2A-C (subject to experience)
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: No

**Great opportunity**

We are looking for a committed and talented SENCO to lead, develop and support the growing of an outstanding SEND provision at our academy school.  

The successful candidate will be expected to lead, develop and support effective practice for pupils with particular learning needs to ensure they are addressed in the most effective way and, where appropriate, students with SEND make rapid progress in line with the academy’s expectations. It is expected that as well as leading SEND provision the successful candidate will also be an outstanding teacher of their subject(s).

Deadline for applications has been extended to 15th November 2019. Interviews to be held as soon as possible 

Key Responsibilities

 Leading the provision for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within the academy

 Monitor the impact of teaching and learning activities on the progress made by pupils with SEN

 Provide a strategic vision for the department and raise standards of SEND student inclusion, attainment and achievement by monitoring and supporting student progress.

 Advocate and drive a fully inclusive ethos across the whole school, ensuring that staff develop a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum to help SEND learners succeed.

 Liaise with Learning Support staff, Heads of Department, class teachers, Heads of House and parents about students with SEND and, where necessary, referring students to the appropriate external agencies for further support.

 Advise and guide learning support assistants and learning mentors of the needs of students with SEND and of suitable methods and strategies to remediate these needs. This may include the modelling of good practice or support with planning and review.

 Ensure that appropriate schemes of work, including related SEND assessment processes, are in place and regularly reviewed

 Monitor student progress through the use of Learning Support Plans, standardised assessments and other school wide or departmental assessment data to ensure that appropriate intervention strategies that raise overall standards are implemented

 Promote a collegiate approach so that the staff in the department work as a team

 Be responsible for relevant SEN administration with the Local Authority and other outside agencies as directed by the Inclusion lead including the administration of EHC plans through the annual review process

 Within the context of the Academy’s aims and policies, develop and implement SEND policies, plans, targets and practices.

 Effectively line-manage the Inclusion team including Deputy SENCO, HTLA team and Teaching Assistants

Outcomes and activities

Leadership of Inclusion and SEND

 Support and sustain effective SEN whole Academy teaching, evaluating the quality of teaching and standards of pupils’ achievement, and setting targets for improvement.

 Provide all those with involvement in Special Needs the support, challenge, information and development necessary to sustain motivation and secure improvement in teaching.

 Lead and develop provision for students within all areas of need. Identify, monitor and track their progress against academy expectations, providing advice and support for classroom teachers to deliver SEN-friendly lessons through observation, coaching and CPD where appropriate.

 Contribute to the development and maintenance of the academy provision map including tracking student provision to ensure that the provision map is up-to-date and accurate.

 Assist with staff development and INSET training with regard to SEND

 Engage in liaison meetings with appropriate outside agencies, under direction of the SENCO e.g. Ed Psych, Speech and Language service, Early Help; LEA etc. and facilitate opportunities for external agencies to work with students and staff when appropriate.

 Take ownership of the coordination, implementation and evaluation of interventions.

Teaching and Learning

 Keep up-to-date with national developments within the area of SEN and remain informed of best practice methodologies and teaching strategies.

 Plan deliver and assess high-quality intervention programmes for individuals or small groups

 Teach withdrawal groups

 Identify pupils with SEND and the maintenance of the Academy’s SEN register.

 Develop curriculum resources to ensure that pupils identified on the SEN Register have the required levels of support.

 Manage the implementation of an inclusive curriculum including access to alternative/additional provision.

 Support teachers and support staff to deploy effective and evidence-based strategies to ensure outstanding teaching and learning for pupils with SEND

Curriculum setting and assessment

 evaluate intervention effectiveness and analyse department and whole-school data so that interventions are refocused as appropriate.

 Ensure that students are awarded appropriate examination concessions in respect of their needs.

 Keep detailed records of the progress of key students in receipt of learning support, including writing learning support plans, behaviour support plans and annual reviews.

 Manage and deploy available resources including, under direction from the Inclusion lead, assisting in the day-to-day line-management of staff working within the department.

 Manage appropriate resources for Special Needs and Literacy/Numeracy Support and ensure that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely.

 Write or assist with applications for statutory assessment of need where required

Academy Culture

 Maintaining the whole Academy’s culture and ethos and providing strategies to support pupils with SEND to meet the Academy’s demanding expectations in the area of behaviour for learning.

 Help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly behaviour and caring, respectful relationships.

 Support the academy’s values and ethos by contributing to the development and implementation of policies, practices and procedures.

 Help develop an academy culture and ethos that is utterly committed to achievement.

 Support and work in collaboration with colleagues and other professionals in and beyond the school, covering lessons and providing other support as required.

 Vision aligned with KAA’s high aspirations and high expectations of self and others.

 Helping to maintain/establish discipline across the whole academy

Deadline for applications is 12pm,  Friday 15th November  2019.  Interviews to take place on ASAP.  

If you are interested in applying, please return a completed application form to Alice Olive at recruitment@kaa.org.uk 



More about Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 1 Silchester Road, Kensington, London, W10 6EX, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 207 313 5800
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