Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Bloxham SchoolOxfordshire

As a SENCO, you'll have passion for supporting pupils with special educational needs to reach their potential. Working closely with the Deputy Head -Curriculum you'll use your leadership skills to manage provision in school and to provide support to teachers.

Your responsibilities will include designing and delivering interventions with pupils in the classroom and implementing the school strategy. You may also have classroom teaching duties and could be working in one school or across multiple schools.

Duties and Responsibilities:

As a SENCO you'll need to:

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the school's SEN strategy and policy.
  • Carry out assessments of pupils with SEN and support colleagues to identify needs and monitor progress - including observations in the classroom and meeting with teachers and parents.
  • Work with classroom teachers, the school leadership team, parents and relevant external agencies to develop, implement, co-ordinate and monitor individual support/learning plans and strategies. To include the lead of appropriate staff INSET.
  • Provide regular updates on pupil progress through written reports and meetings with parents. Ensuring they are partners in the learning journey of each pupil.
  • Make referrals and liaise with professionals outside of the school as appropriate.
  • Provide advice, guidance and training to classroom teachers on supporting pupils with SEN.
  • Support teachers to develop schemes of work and learning programmes for pupils with SEN.
  • Support teachers to develop and implement effective teaching and behaviour management approaches in the classroom.
  • Lead the teaching of students with a need for learning support via the ACE course.
  • Manage and advise on the school budget and resources for SEN provision.
  • Develop and maintain systems for keeping pupil records, ensuring information is accurate and up to date. Including the SEND register, SEND records and SEN information report.
  • Analyse school, local and national data and develop appropriate strategies and interventions. To include detailed analysis of half-termly School student tracking data in addition to baseline testing. Evaluation and analysis of all performance data.
  • Manage SEN teachers, teaching assistants and support staff to improve pupil progress and attainment.
  • Keep up to date with national and local policies related to SEN and cascade information to colleagues.
  • Take the lead regarding Annual Reviews for those pupils with an Education and Health Care plan. (EHC plan).
  • Liaise with the SENCOs in other schools, at all Key Stages to help provide a smooth transition from one school to the other.
  • Support the School Admissions team to ensure those pupils joining the school are suitably able to access the full Bloxham curriculum and to thrive within all aspects of school life. To include individual entrance interviews.
  • Work closely with the examinations officer with regard to all exam access arrangements. Identification of, assessment of need, evidence to support AA and implementation of AA.
  • Keep all suitable records available for inspection by JCQ, ISI and /or Ofsted.

Person Specification: 

  • Possess a strong commitment to raising educational attainment for children and young people with SEN, including working with pupils directly and supporting other staff to do so.
  • A willingness and ability to develop specialist knowledge and keep up to date with local and national policy and developments.
  • Influencing and negotiation skills - to influence school strategy and policy, secure sufficient internal resources, and secure the necessary support from external agencies.
  • Leadership skills - to inspire and motivate other teachers, model good practice, and develop a whole school commitment to supporting pupils with SEN.
  • Interpersonal skills - for building relationships with parents, teachers, and external professionals.
  • Written communication skills - for writing learning and support plans, reports on pupil progress, and training and guidance for staff.
  • Organisation and time-management skills - needed for prioritising and balancing a busy and varied workload.
  • Empathy and emotional intelligence - in order to recognise and be sensitive to the needs of pupils and parents.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills - necessary for analysing school, local and national data and developing appropriate strategies and interventions.
  • Experience of being a specialist assessor is a distinct advantage to this role.
  • Experience of leading learning support in this role is desirable.

Essential Criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree in any subject.
  • Hold or be working towards the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO).
  • Hold or be working towards a post graduate certificate in assessment or equivalent to Level 7 AMBDA qualification.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Postgraduate teaching qualification.

Interview Date: Friday 5th March 2021

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