Lead Practitioner for SEND, SEMH & Safeguarding

HEARTS Academy Trust, Wickford
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Job Ref No. ECC0-16S Position Type: Leader/Co-ordinator Pay Range: HEARTS Pay Scales
Position Start Date: 01/09/2021 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 12/04/2021 Midday Date of Interviews: w/c 19th April 2021  

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Lead Practitioner SEND/SEMH/DSL

Required for: Autumn 2021

Salary Range: Leadership scale

The HEARTS Academy Trust seeks applications for a lead practitioner who will act as the Trust lead SENDco, DSL and SEMH lead.

We are seeking to appoint a Lead Practitioner who will lead our approach to the curriculum, provision and the wellbeing of our pupils with special educational needs. They will also be the lead DSL for the Trust and manage our approach to social, emotional and the mental health of pupils alongside the leaders of our enhanced provision, The Atrium.

HEARTS Academy Trust is a small, growing Academy Trust committed to achieving great outcomes for all of its pupils but in particular the most vulnerable. It has established high quality professional development and career opportunities for all staff.

This is a unique and exciting role; a real opportunity to join an energetic, bright and determined central school improvement team. The successful candidate will work across our academies based in Rochford, Basildon and Wickford. They will be the lead SENDco / DSL for the family of schools supporting all schools in developing best practice in these vital areas of safeguarding and pupil additional needs.

The person we are seeking to appoint will be dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated in developing the life chances of our young people through inspirational and successful teaching, high expectations and support and care.

In the initial two terms of the post the successful candidate will work part of the week at two of our Wickford schools to support newly appointed SENDcos.

The post is line managed by the Director of curriculum, learning and assessment but will have significant interaction with heads of school and school SENDcos.

The HEARTS Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

HEARTS Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate against any applicant on the grounds ofgender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race. For this reason, all application forms are anonymised before shortlisting takes place to ensure applicants are considered only on the relevant qualifications, skills and experience that are profiled on the application form and personal statement.

Information about the School

HEARTS is a small innovative Academy Trust of six primary schools, an alternative provision for pupils with SEMH challenges and a teaching school. All provisions are based in the south of Essex. Our values are central to all that we do. We work tirelessly to ensure that happiness and hope, self-esteem, achievement, respect and responsibility, truth, spirituality and service are embedded into the curriculum. Our pupils are well-rounded individuals who are ready to face the challenges offered to them. These values are at the heart of all we do and fundamental to our working relationships as well as our pupils’ learning. We have high expectations of our employees and offer support and continued development opportunities for all. We expect our employees to live the HEARTS values in their work and relationships with other employees and the community.

All of our schools are judged good or outstanding.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Michelle Scanlon
2 Mount Road, Wickford
Essex, SS11 8HE
Telephone: 01268 572672
Email: admin@heartsacademy.uk

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