£35k - 50k per year
MARYLEBONE W1 SENDCO FROM SEPTEMBER 2019 OR JANUARY 2020 We are recruiting for a new independent boys day school (11-18) situated in the heart of London. Since opening in 2015 the School has quickly grown and in 2018 we had our first cohort of Sixth Form pupils, following very successful GCSE results. The School combines a rigorous academic education with an emphasis on developing the whole boy by giving them a broad educational experience and strong pastoral care. We are looking to recruit a SENDCO to be a member of the staff at Wetherby Senior School. In line with the Alpha Plus pay scale. Please submit applications through the Alpha Plus Portal. Applications should reach the school no later than Monday 27th May at 9.00am and interviews will be held from Wednesday 29th May. Job Description The school was founded in 2015 and is a member of the Alpha Plus Group of Schools. There are currently around 275 boys between the ages of 11 and 17, spanning Year 7 to Year 12. The School s size and reputation is growing rapidly and this year we opened a second building only a short walk from the original building in Marylebone Village and a new Sixth Form Centre. We seek to employ highly professional teachers with the ability and commitment to enhance the life of this School and to work effectively and collaboratively with all members of the School community to further establish and develop the School. Our emphasis on educating the whole boy means that all members of staff, in due course, will be expected to contribute to the pastoral care of a group of students as a Form Tutor as well as contributing to the School s co-curricular activities. The School was founded to offer a progressive education in the heart of London. The School s focus on providing an all-round education means that high standards are expected of the boys in all areas of school life. The School provides the boys with a broad educational experience, which includes Philosophy and Thinking Skills in the curriculum, to ensure that they are able to think critically and to problem solve but also to ensure they can be creative and collaborative in their approach, so that they develop a sense of social responsibility and respect for others. Our skilled staff, who have a wealth of experience, are preparing to send our pupils to leading universities in the UK, the US and elsewhere. The post represents an exciting and unique opportunity to join the department in its early stages and play a significant role in the development of the subjects in the school. Teaching staff at Wetherby Senior School have experience of teaching in both the maintained and independent sectors and colleagues looking to move into independent education are warmly encouraged to apply. The post would suit an NQT or an experienced teacher. The SENDCO, under the line management of the Deputy Head Academic, takes responsibility for the day-to-day provision made by the school for pupils with special educational needs or a disability, and provides professional guidance in the area of SEND in order to support high quality teaching and learning, including the effective use of resources to bring about improved standards of achievement for all pupils. The SENDCO is responsible for managing the provision for pupils with disabilities and/or special educational needs, ensuring that the resources within the department are best allocated for the benefit of the pupils within the school. He or she is also responsible, in conjunction with the Head of English, for the management of the provision for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Job Specification The expected duties and responsibilities of the successful applicant will be: To maintain the SEND policy, EAL policy and Accessibility Plan, ensuring that they are reflective of the objectives of the school development plan and of its wider aims and ethos; To write and monitor the implementation of Individual Action Plans for all pupils on the SEND register, sharing information about reasonable adjustments to teaching approaches and resources in the classroom and, when requested by the Deputy Head Academic, monitoring their effectiveness for target-setting to meet the needs of pupils with SEND in the classroom; To ensure that details of pupils needs including access arrangements are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated to all relevant staff; To ensure that effective systems are in place to identify and meet the needs of pupils with SEND across the school; To support best practice for other teachers in identifying and meeting the needs of pupils with SEND, through regular liaison, training and observation; To provide training in relation to pupils with SEND to all new staff as part of the school induction process; To develop, implement and evaluate formal and informal testing procedures for screening and monitoring pupils for specific learning difficulties on entry to the school at either 11+, 13+ or 16+ and throughout their Wetherby school career; To take part in the entrance processes at all stages in order to advise the SLT of potential pupils with SEND and the impact their difficulties may have on their progress through the school, should they be offered a place; To interpret pupils specialist assessment data and to use it to inform teaching and learning across the curriculum, as well as to advise parents about referral to outside agencies; To undertake regular tracking analysis of the progress of pupils with SEND and/or EAL, with the support of the Deputy Head (Academic); To liaise closely with the Examinations Officers in charge of internal and external exams to ensure that appropriate access arrangements are put in place for pupils with SEND as determined by the school; To manage and organize the access arrangements process, including completing JCQ Form 8s; To ensure that approved access arrangements are in place for internal school tests and mock examinations, and ensuring that applications for such arrangements comply with the JCQ and exam board regulations; With the Director of Studies, to interpret relevant national and school data, including entrance exams, CEM data, and LS screening data (for example LUCID EXACT), to inform SEND policy and provision across the school; To establish staff and resource requirements to meet the needs of pupils with SEND and/ or EAL, advising the Deputy Head (Academic) of the likely priorities for expenditure on order to assist with budgeting; To undertake communication with new parents and both 11+ and 13+ feeder schools to gain information on current support and to identify initial support needs at Wetherby in order to shape provision; To communicate with parents on a regular basis as needed, including attendance at all Parents Evenings and Open Day events; To inform parents of the results of assessment tests and their implications, making a suitable recommendation for referral to an external specialist where necessary; To facilitate effective liaison between external agencies and parents in order to provide appropriate support for pupils with SEND; To respect confidentiality as and when required in discharging the duties and responsibilities of the job; Candidate Profile: Suitable candidates will have: Hold the National Award for SEN Coordination would be desirable, but not essential A Level 7 specialist assessor qualification would be desirable, but not essential Highly effective communication skills for interacting with all members of the School community A genuine commitment to pastoral care and the welfare and safeguarding of pupils Interests and abilities that can enhance the School s co-curricular programme Excellent inter-personal skills Harris Hill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all partners to share this commitment.