Senior Leader SENDCO - Unity Academy


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Academy: Unity Academy

Salary: £46,566-£51,402

Closing date for applications: 14 May 2021, 9.00am

Senior Leader, SENDCO

Salary:            L5 – L9
Contract:        Permanent, Full Time
Start Date:      1st September 2021

This post represents an ideal opportunity for a candidate who is eager to step into senior leadership working specifically as the academies SENDCO.  The academy has a high percentage of children who are supported on the SEND register (30.5%) with 21 EHCP’s, this role will allow someone to take the strategic lead for SEND/Inclusion across our all through academy from 2-16 working alongside specialists in each age phase.  This role provides colleagues an opportunity to step into senior leadership for the first time and is ideally placed for those who have prior experience working within SEND but are now looking to further the role within the senior team.

SEND/Inclusion is one of the 3 strands for our vision 2023 improvement plan, this is our 3-year improvement plan and represents the importance of SEND support within the academy alongside reading and curriculum.  The successful candidate will have the drive to rapidly improve SEND and inclusion across the whole academy building on the work of the current post holder who has stabilised our responses to SEND and started the academy on its journey to being fully trauma informed.  The senior leadership team and wider staff body are in full support of the work of vision 2023.  In September 2021 we are planning to open an alternative provision centre in school to support children in KS3 and 4 with significant SEND needs and also those who are struggling to regulate their own behaviour.  The successful candidate will join us at an exciting time and play a central part in forming the plans for this provision.

In addition to the specific and statutory SENDCO responsibilities, the post holder will also be a full member of the academy senior leadership team and will have a teaching commitment commensurate with the role.  They will be expected to carry out senior leadership responsibilities as appropriate for senior leaders.  We welcome applications from colleagues in all phases and the teaching commitment can be tailored to your phase or subject specialism.  The post holder will require an understanding of SEND across all children aged 2-16.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in working with children with additional needs including an understanding of trauma informed practice in schools.  This will ensure that we continue to provide a high quality education for all children in a caring, inclusive environment.  The successful candidate will have already completed or will complete the National SENDCO qualification before they take up the post and will be happy to complete the CCET and AAC or CPT3A training to support the assessment of children for examination concessions.

We would welcome applications from those with prior senior leadership experience but also those new to senior leadership, keen to further their middle leadership experience.  A full and comprehensive package of training, mentoring and coaching will be provided.  Unity Academy has a supportive staff team who work together to ensure that the school motto is clearly articulated and we demonstrate that ‘In Unity, we succeed’.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form at www.fcat.org.uk including a supporting statement.  This supporting statement should be no more than two sides of A4. 

For any information regarding the position or the school or to arrange a visit to Unity Academy please contact Mrs. K. Linney, Principal’s PA who will be happy to assist you.

Closing time and date for applications is: 9AM on Friday 14th May 2021.

Interviews will be held (in person at the academy) on the 24th and 25th May 2021.  The appropriate arrangements to ensure compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions will be in place for candidates.

The Fylde Coast Academy Trust is committed to equality of opportunity for all. Fylde Coast Academy Trust is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors.  All staff will be carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

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