Are you an experienced SENCo looking for a new challenge? The Falkland Islands offers a unique opportunity to live and work overseas in a beautiful and vibrant island community, working within an English school system.
The Falkland Islands Department of Education is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, inspiring and experienced Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator to join our team in September 2019. This is an exciting opportunity to work across the primary and secondary age range in our two schools, where our policy is national policy!
The SENCo is responsible for directing and supporting provision and intervention strategies in mainstream and specialist teaching settings within the 3 – 16 age range. The schools aim to match student’s provision to their learning needs and ensure that all students are supported and challenged to reach their potential. The Education Department includes a primary school (300) and a secondary school (170), both of which house specialist resource classrooms, 4 very small satellite schools and a number of home-based settings for students (25) who live in rural locations. Students have a range of needs in four broad categories of cognition and learning; communication and interaction; sensory and/or physical needs; social and emotional and mental health needs. Applicants for the post will be experienced and have up-to-date relevant knowledge within the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities field. The successful candidate will join a dedicated team working in all of our settings.
We are seeking to recruit a SENCo who:
- can lead and inspire a team of learning support assistants and teachers to make a positive impact towards ensuring all children with additional needs achieve their potential in a happy and effective learning environment
- is an organised, solutions-led and innovative leader
- is a graduate with qualified teacher status (completed induction) with at least 3 years' successful experience as a SENCo and at least 3 years’ teaching experience
- can demonstrate relevant qualifications to support the role
- has experience in more than one key stage in the 3 – 16 age range
- can demonstrate a thorough recent knowledge of the 2014 National Curriculum for England and the SEN Code of Practise
- can demonstrate ability to manage administration for SEND students, including liaising with outside agencies
- can keep up to date with the latest SEND trends, policies and provision
- can ensure staff receive the quality relevant training
- adopts a coaching and mentoring style
- has excellent interpersonal skills
- possesses good IT skills
- A stimulating and supportive working environment with enthusiastic children who are keen to learn.
- £44071 Salary (Basic salary of £38740, plus SENCo TLR1 allowance £5331).
- Initial 2-4 years contract term, with potential for extension by mutual agreement.
- Eligibility for a 25% gratuity payable upon satisfactory completion of the contract.
- Flights to and from the Falkland Islands for you and recognised dependents, including annual return flights home, depending on contract length.
- Relocation allowance to help with moving costs.
- Accommodation to rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.
- Free education locally for dependent children to GCSE level.
- Favourable rates of income tax.
How to Apply
Interested SENCos can download the job description and further information from our online vacancy page.
To apply, please complete our online application form from our vacancy page, by clicking on 'Apply Now' and completing the form. Alternatively, download an offline form from the same page and email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date.
Applications will be open until 20:00 UK Time on Sunday 28 April 2019.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019 via telephone or Skype. More details about an interview task will be provided to shortlisted applicants.
If you have any further questions about this vacancy and how to apply, you can contact our HR team on email@example.com
The Working Environment
The Education Directorate is responsible for the provision of education throughout the islands. Great value is placed on education by Government, parents, students and the community as a whole. Primary and secondary education follows the English National Curriculum, from Early Years Foundation Stage to the end of Key Stage 4 (including SATs and GCSEs). Post-16 provision includes sponsorship of academic or vocational studies overseas (usually in the UK) or students may choose to further their skills through vocational learning provided locally by the Falkland Islands Training Centre.
Falkland Islands Government (FIG)
The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.
As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.
For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk
The Falkland Islands
Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!
The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.
For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.