SENCO & Mental Health Lead Post
To commence 1 September 2022
An exciting opportunity for a SENCO has arisen at our school due to the forthcoming retirement of our current post holder. We have a larger than average number of pupils with SEND and are looking for an outstanding, enthusiastic practitioner to ensure all our pupils achieve well.
The Governors are looking to employ a committed, reflective and experienced SENCO for 3 days per week, who will lead, manage, develop and maintain high quality SEND provision and Mental Health across the school. An experienced candidate will advise the Leadership Team in our school regarding SEND provision moving forward and the provision for Mental Health. We see this as an exciting opportunity for you to work alongside a forward-thinking Senior Leadership Team, who are dedicated to providing the best outcomes for all of our pupils.
Our school is a one-form entry, Church of England primary school with a Nursery in Netherton, Bootle.
Our modern and inspired school building and grounds reflect our ambition to work creatively to build a better future for all our pupils, our parents, our staff and the local community.
Our children are well behaved, polite and respectful towards each other and members of staff. They are motivated in their learning, they have high aspirations and good relationships which make them fantastic ambassadors for our school.
Our parents are keen to work with the school to both enhance their children's learning and achievement as well as ensure the school provides a positive focal point for the local community.
Our staff benefit from our strong emphasis on professional development, shared leadership and an innovative approach to all that we do.
We are committed to protecting and promoting children’s rights and our commitment to this has been recognised by UNICEF in their Rights Respecting School Award.
As a school, we can offer:
- A warm, family orientated school based on Christian faith
- Enthusiastic and motivate pupils, staff, families and governors
- Dedicated, hardworking and friendly colleagues
- Polite and motivated pupils who are keen to learn
- CPD to support the needs of the school, Mental Health and SENCO
- An up to date, modern working environment
We are looking for someone who:
- Is an outstanding practitioner
- Has a strong background and specialist qualification in SEND and additional needs
- Has commitment and passion for inclusion, ensuring individual pupil needs are identified early and are met through targeted provision.
- Has a good understanding of the SEND Code of Practice
- Has undertaken DFE approved Mental Health Lead training or is prepared to undertake the training
- Has worked effectively with external agencies
- Has a desire to work closely with families to enhance children’s experiences
- Is a team player, able to inspire others to approach their practice creatively so that all learners believe in themselves
- Will work strategically alongside the Leadership Team in the school
- Will work with teachers to help to monitor pupil progress throughout the key stages and drive up standards
You will bring a real passion to raising the achievement and outcomes for our pupils, working alongside teachers to help them identify pupils with SEND and / or Mental health needs and ensure that the needs of these pupils are met within the classroom. You will work with a range of outside agencies to complement the work undertaken by our dedicated staff as well as overseeing our experienced team of Special Needs Teaching Assistants.
Within this post a SENCO is expected to
- Fulfil the duties of a teacher as outlined in the most recent School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.
- Work with full regard for and an understanding of expectations within the Teacher Standards 2017 as outlined in STCPD Annexe 1.
- Be committed to safeguarding and promote the welfare and safety of children as outlined in school policies and ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2016.’
- Participate fully in the school appraisal system including the evaluation of their own practice.
In addition to the responsibilities of class teacher, as set out by the class teacher job description and the school teachers’ pay and conditions document, the holder of the post is expected to carry out the professional duties of a Special Educational Needs Coordinator with responsibilities as described below, as circumstances may require and in accordance with the school’s policies under the direction of the head teacher
Responsible to: Head teacher
Responsible for: Children identified as having additional educational needs
- To lead, manage, develop and maintain high quality SEN provision which enables quality teaching, excellent learning outcomes and success for all pupils.
- To model effective teaching, to coach and train colleagues and to teach across the school.
- To keep all aspects of paperwork including records and policies, up-to-date and actioned, as appropriate.