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Job description: Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for SEND/Inclusion

Job details

Job title: Assistant Head Teacher / (SENDco) / Inclusion Manager

Salary:    L6 –L10 dependent on experience, to be discussed at interview.

Contract type: Full time, initial one year temporary contract until 31st August 2021, to be reviewed May 2021.

Reporting to: Head Teacher/ Executive Headteacher

Responsible for: All children with Special Educational Needs across the school.


Main purpose

The SENCO, under the direction of the Executive Headteacher/ 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 external agencies.
  • The SENDco will also be expected to fulfil the professional responsibilities of a teacher, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.


  • Be the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school.
  • Will take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection across the school. They will take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings, and contribute to the assessment of children.
  • They will advise and support other members of staff on child welfare and child protection matters, and liaise with relevant agencies such as the local authority and police.
  • Some safeguarding activities may be delegated to deputies, although the DSL will retain lead responsibility for the work of deputies and will ensure it is completed to the highest standard.
  • Be part of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, working in collaboration to achieve the goal of  the school becoming an Outstanding school.


Duties and responsibilities

Strategic development of SEN policy and provision

  • Have a strategic overview of provision for pupils 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 pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Ensure the SEN policy is put into practice, and that the objectives of this policy are reflected in the school improvement plan
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and local initiatives which may affect the school’s policy and practice
  • Evaluate whether funding is being used effectively, and propose changes to make use of funding more effective
  • Ensure the school website is up to date and compliant regarding SEN provision and policy

Operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of provision

  • Maintain an accurate SEND register and provision map
  • Provide guidance to colleagues on teaching pupils with SEN or a disability, and advise on the graduated approach to SEN support
  • Advise on the use of the school’s budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively, including staff deployment
  • Work with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, and other external agencies
  • Be a key point of contact for external agencies, especially the local authority
  • Analyse assessment data for pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Implement and lead intervention groups for pupils with SEN, and evaluate their effectiveness


Support for pupils with SEN or a disability

  • Identify a pupil’s SEN
  • Co-ordinate provision that meets the pupil’s needs, and monitor its effectiveness
  • Secure relevant services for the pupil
  • Ensure records are maintained and kept up to date
  • Review the education, health and care plan with parents or carers and the pupil
  • Communicate regularly with parents or carers
  • Ensure that if the pupil transfers to another school, all relevant information is conveyed to it, and support a smooth transition for the pupil
  • Promote the pupil’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 pupil has SEN or a disability
  • Organise and manage annual reviews for all pupils with EHC plans
  • Ensure all IEP’s are regularly updated and staff and parents are aware of this

Leadership and management

  • Part of the Senior Leadership Team, working in collaboration with other senior school leaders
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team and trustees to ensure the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 in terms of reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead, ensuring total compliance throughout the school
  • Prepare and review information the school is required to publish
  • Contribute to the school improvement plan and whole-school policy
  • Identify training needs for staff and how to meet these needs
  • Lead INSET for staff
  • Share procedural information, such as the school’s SEN policy
  • Promote an ethos and culture that supports the school’s SEN policy and promotes good outcomes for pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Lead and manage staff working with pupils with SEN or a disability
  • Lead staff appraisals and produce appraisal reports, reviewing their performance on an ongoing basis

The SENCO will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the SENCO will carry out and may be amended at any time in consultation with the post holder. The post holder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the  Headteacher.

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