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We are looking for a highly motivated and talented SENCO to join our team at North East Essex Co-operative Academy (NEECA). NEECA is an Alternative Provision Academy for pupils aged 5-16, most of whom have found it difficult to be successful in a mainstream school. We are very proud of the provision we offer, which is down to the great work our teachers and support staff do to re-engage young people with education.
It is a very exciting time for the school as we are just about to embark on a multi-million pound capital build programme which will result in a new school building due to open in January 2023. This provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to shape our provision for the future.
The SENCO, under the direction of the headteacher, will:
Determine the strategic development of special educational needs (SEN) policy and provision in the school
Be responsible for day-to-day operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of specific provision to support individual pupils with SEN or a disability
Provide professional guidance to colleagues, working closely with staff, parents and other agencies
The SENCO will also be expected to fulfil the professional responsibilities of a teacher in accordance with the Teacher Standards and the stated aims and objectives of North East Essex Co-operative Academy and Keys Co-operative Academy Trust.
This post is paid at either MPS (£25,714 to £36,961)/UPS (£38,690 to £41,604) and attracts an SEN2 allowance of £4,479 and TLR2b allowance.
The successful candidate must have Q.T.S. (Qualified Teacher Status) - note this is a requirement under the SEND Code of Practice and also hold the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, or a willingness to complete it within 3 years of appointment - note this is a requirement under the SEND Code of Practice
Information about the School
NEECA is a 5 – 16 school for 180+ young people most of whom have found it difficult to be successful in a mainstream school. We are very proud of the provision we offer. Students are taught in small groups and they study the core curriculum at Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. In addition to the core curriculum, we provide rich and varied extended curriculum opportunities ranging from music therapy, targeted literacy intervention, horse riding to vocational courses and work experience placements. Small classes benefit students and enable them to make good progress as staff can ensure that learning is tailored to individual student needs.
At Key Stage 3, in partnership with local schools, we focus on supporting young people to return to a mainstream school. At Key Stage 4, we focus on providing the opportunity for students to gain 5 GCSEs to ensure a successful transition to post 16 education or training. Many of the young people who attend NEECA arrive here at a point of crisis or conflict in their lives. It is our aim to ensure that we help them to regain a sense of confidence and self-esteem which allows them to compete on equal terms with their peers, despite the disruption to their education caused by leaving mainstream school. Enjoy exploring our website to find out more about recent events at our school.