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Southend East Community Academy Trust (SECAT) and Shoeburyness High School areseeking to appoint a SENCO to take direct responsibility for Key Stages 4 and 5, workingalongside the SENCO already in post who will have responsibility for Key Stage 3.
This role is suitable for a SENCO with appropriate skills, knowledge, and experience ofsignificant and successful work with students of all backgrounds and abilities.
Crucially, the postholder will need to have the expertise and interpersonal skills to enablesuccessful work with all staff in further developing and refining consistent and effective SENprovision across the school.
The SENCO, under the direction of the headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and workingcollaboratively alongside the SENCO already in post, will:
- Determine the strategic development of special educational needs (SEN) policy and provision in the school
- Be responsible for the day-to-day and long-term strategic fulfilment of the SEN code of practice in order to support individual students with SEN or a disability
- Provide professional guidance to colleagues, working closely with staff, parents, carers and other agencies
Duties and responsibilities;
- Strategic development of the SEN policy and provision
- Have a strategic overview of provision with SEN or a disability across the school,monitoring and reviewing the quality of provision
- Contribute to school self-evaluation, particularly with respect to provision for studentswith SEN or a disability
- Ensure the SEN policy is put into practice, and that the objectives of this policy arereflected in the school improvement plan
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and local initiatives which may affect theschool's policy and practice
- Evaluate whether funding is being used effectively, and propose changes to make useof funding more effective.
Operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of provision
- Maintain an accurate SEND register and provision map
- Provide guidance to colleagues on teaching students with SEN or a disability, andadvice on the graduated approach to SEN support
- Advise on the use of the school's budget and other resources to meet students' needseffectively, including staff deployment
- Be aware of the provision of the local offer
- Work with other schools, educational psychologists, health and social careprofessionals, and other external agencies
- Be a key point of contact for external agencies, especially the local authority
- Analyse assessment data for students with SEN or a disability
- Implement and lead interventions groups forstudents with SEN, and evaluate their effectiveness.
Support for students with SEN or a disability
- Identify a student's SEN
- Co-ordinate provision that meets the student's needs, and monitor its effectiveness
- Secure relevant services for the student
- Ensure records are maintained and kept up to date
- Review the education, health and care plan with parents or carers and the student
- Communicate regularly with parents or carers
- Ensure that if the student transfers to another school, all relevant information is conveyedto it, and support a smooth transition for the student
- Promote the student's inclusion in the school community and access to the curriculum,facilities and extra-curricular activities
- Work with the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, where a looked-after
- student has SEN or a disability
- Ensure access arrangements for examinations are planned and implemented.
Leadership and management
- Work with the headteacher and governors to ensure the school meets its responsibilitiesunder the Equality Act 2010 in terms of reasonable adjustments and access
- Ensure compliance with the SEND Code of Practice 2014
- Prepare and review information the governing body is required to publish
- Contribute to the school improvement plan and in line with the SECAT strategic plan
- Identify training needs for staff and how to meet these needs
- Share procedural information, such as the school's SEN policy
- Promote an ethos and culture that supportsthe school's SEN policy and promotesgood outcomes for students with SENor a disability
- Lead INSET for staff.
- To participate in the performance and development review process, taking personalresponsibility for identification of learning, development and training opportunities in
- discussion with line manager
- To ensure that all administrative duties, checks, documentation, reports and returns arecompleted accurately and submitted within required deadlines
- To deal with correspondence promptly and as required
- To comply with individual responsibilities, in accordance with the role, for health & safetyin the workplace
- To ensure that all Trust policies and procedures are followed
- To ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the Trust's EqualOpportunities Policy and practices in respect of both employment issues and the
- delivery of services to the community
- To ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the Trust's DataProtection Policy and practices and reporting to the DPO any concerns or requests
- To undertake any training commensurate to the post and attend relevant meetings asrequired by the Trust and in line with the Trust's policies and practices.
Information about the School
Shoeburyness High School is a very successful, large and oversubscribed 11-18 Community Academy and a member of the Southend East Community Academy Trust (SECAT).
First and foremost we are a place of learning and high aspiration but we add value to this core purpose with our focus on developing the whole individual; there is something for everyone at Shoeburyness High School and we remain very proud of our fully inclusive ethos.