Founded in 1996, Portland Place School is part of the Alpha Plus Education Group, we benefit from a campus-style layout on three sites: two adjacent Grade II listed James Adam houses (built in 1785) in Portland Place and two contemporary buildings in Great Portland Street. This diversity means that our pupils enjoy many stimulating environments, from the fine architecture of Portland Place to the modern Art and Drama studios and science laboratories in Great Portland Street.
The successful candidate will have a high level of initiative, be prepared to go the extra mile and have a willingness to engage in continuing professional development and training to develop outstanding classroom practice. S/He will have the ability to engage and motivate SEND students throughout the school.
Purpose of the role:
To provide first class support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities throughout the school. To help raise attainment and contribute to the wellbeing of students with SEND. To promote the ethos of inclusive teaching and principles of personalised learning. To continue professional development and training in SEN.
Accountable to: SENDCo
Personal Specification & Skills
· Qualifications: Experience of SEND- recent experience of supporting SEND students at KS3 and GCSE is essential.
· A good degree is welcomed
· Personal effectiveness; good time management, willingness to adapt to SEND needs, desire to support development of outstanding classroom practice.
This role should be seen as enabling rather than restrictive.
· Providing academic support to students with SEND on a whole class, small group and 1:1 basis
· Developing an understanding of the specific needs of SEN pupils
· Supporting students with their course work and exam preparation
· Lead academic support sessions under the teacher’s guidance when appropriate
· Supporting teachers with planning and preparing work as appropriate for lessons
· Encouraging and promoting multisensory and SEND friendly practice throughout the school
· To play an active role in planning for the future of the SEND department
· Keeping abreast of developments in SEND through CPDs and in house training
· Providing help with extra-curricular activities
· Assisting with maintaining SEND records and liaising with SENDCo and other members of staff when appropriate
All school staff are expected to:
· Maintain high professional standards of attendance, punctuality, conduct and positive, courteous relations with students, parents and colleagues.
· Work towards and support the school vision and the current school objectives outlined in the School Development Plan.
· Support and contribute to the school’s responsibility for safeguarding students.
· Work within the school’s Health and Safety policy, to ensure a safe working environment for students and staff.
Be vigilant for the appearance of welfare/conduct problems (attendance, punctuality, appearance, mood etc.) and inform the relevant staff of any concerns.
Interviews will take place on 2 and 3 October. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.