SENCO – Tunbridge Wells
The SENCO role is based within a SEN school focusing mainly on EBD., which can make the role both more rewarding and also more challenging. The role is a long-term cover until the end of term, with a possibility of continuing.
As a SENCO, you’ll be an experienced teacher with a passion for supporting pupils with special educational needs. Working closely with the head teacher and other senior colleagues, you’ll use your leadership skills to manage provision in your school and to provide support to other teachers.
Your responsibilities will include designing and delivering interventions with pupils in the classroom and implementing the school strategy. You may also have classroom teaching duties and could be working in one school or across multiple schools.
As a SENCO you’ll need to:
- develop and oversee the implementation of the school’s SEN strategy and policy
- carry out assessments of pupils with SEN to identify needs and monitor progress – including observations in the classroom and meeting with teachers and parents
- work with classroom teachers, the school leadership team, parents and relevant external agencies to develop, implement and monitor individual support/learning plans
- provide regular updates on pupil progress through written reports and meetings with parents
- make referrals and liaise with professionals outside of the school – this could include psychologists, health and social care providers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists
- provide advice, guidance and training to classroom teachers on supporting pupils with SEN
- support teachers to develop schemes of work and learning programmes for pupils with SEN
- support teachers to develop and implement effective teaching and behaviour management approaches in the classroom
- manage and advise on the school budget and resources for SEN provision
- develop and maintain systems for keeping pupil records, ensuring information is accurate and up to date
- analyse school, local and national data and develop appropriate strategies and interventions
- manage SEN teachers, teaching assistants and support staff to improve pupil progress and attainment
- keep up to date with national and local policies related to SEN and cascade information to colleagues.
- You will be paid to scale from day 1, including an additional SEN allowance.
- You may also receive a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) payment.
- Your salary will depend on how much teaching experience you have and the level of additional responsibility assigned to your role.
This role is to start ASAP, and last until the end of term. It could continue beyond that.
The role will be from 8:30am to 15:30. In addition to normal school hours, you’ll be required to work some evenings for meetings and events such as parents’ evenings. It’s also likely that you’ll need to work outside of school hours and term time to complete tasks such as administration, planning, data analysis and report writing.
What to expect
- The role can be highly rewarding, as you’ll have the opportunity to directly contribute to pupils receiving the support they need to achieve their potential.
- In addition to working with pupils, parents and teachers, the administrative responsibilities of the role are significant. Completing referral forms, writing reports and maintaining accurate pupil records can be time-consuming, and you may need to work outside of school hours to complete these tasks.