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Director of SEND

The Shared Learning Trust
Closing date
3 Jun 2022

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Director of SEND

Due to the promotion of our previous post holder, we are hiring a Director of SEND at The Chalk Hills Academy. To lead the development of our fast-growing SEND team, with a sharp focus on preparation for Ofsted and improving the knowledge and skills of all teaching staff to ensure a consistency of excellent 'Quality First Teaching' and to provide leadership within the school of Inclusion and SEND provision as directed by the Head of school.

As a Teaching Trust, we offer exceptional teacher training and high-quality professional development programmes catered to your needs. Consequently, we have many success stories of driven and ambitious teachers that join us and have been given excellent CPD and developmental opportunities that has allowed them to climb the career ladder. Therefore, if you do not currently hold Lead Practitioner Status, we will support you in gaining this accreditation.

... If you want to lead and develop in a fast paced, dynamic and successful Academy, come and join us at Chalk Hills Academy!

Main Purpose

• 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 be expected to fulfil the responsibilities of a teacher

• Identify resources needed to meet the needs of pupils with SEN and advise the head teacher of priorities.

• Develop and maintain contact with all specialist support services as appropriate

• Present and provide information to SLT for SEND

Job specifics

Start date September 2022

Salary Leadership L7-L9 £49,019 to £51,402 (dependent on experience)

Job Role Full time, Permanent

The Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate before the deadline date.

Why work for Chalk Hills Academy?

• £30 million state of the art building with well-equipped classrooms in an Ofsted rated 'Good' school

• You'll be working alongside a collaborative, forward thinking Principal and Senior Leadership Team who are here to support and develop you

• Unparalleled CPD opportunities with free courses every Thursday catered to your developmental needs

• Excellent opportunities to develop and grow in a successful and expanding Academy

• Freshly brewed coffee for staff on arrival to the academy every morning

• Employee of the month scheme winning shopping vouchers

• Fantastic staff benefits that make a difference to your work life balance including access to a confidential professional staff counsellor

Here's what Ofsted have to say "Together with your leadership team, governors and the trust you have established high expectations for behaviour, teaching and achievement. Leaders have made sure that strategies are in place which have led to improvements in the quality of teaching, learning, assessment and the curriculum. Leaders have high expectations for pupils' behaviour. Leaders work well with staff to ensure that the school is typically a calm, orderly and purposeful environment." Ofsted May 2018


'We believe in the safeguarding and welfare of children and expect all staff to share this view'.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

The Department for Education (DfE) has set out statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' for schools and colleges on safeguarding.

Safeguarding is defined in paragraph 4 as: "Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children's health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes."

The definition of 'children' includes everyone under the age of 18.
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