SENDCo, Gretton School, Cambridge

SENDCo

Gretton School is an independent specialist school for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, specifically high functioning autism. We welcome students from 5—19 years old, as weekly boarders or as day students. Based just outside Cambridge, we work with 12 counties to provide a broad and individualised education for these unique and wonderful students.

The school is growing and developing, its integrated therapeutic team are working tirelessly alongside the management team and the teaching and support staff to further develop our fantastic practise and outcomes.

This is a really exciting time for Gretton School, its staff and students, do you have what it takes to share the journey, and effectively support the school to its rightful bright future?

Aim of the Post
Strategic development of the schools Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision and oversight of the day-to-day operation of that policy with the aim of raising all SEN pupil achievement. Coordinate all Annual Reviews and reviews of Individual Education Plans and attend / chair reviews.

Main Duties

  • Ensure that the school carries out its statutory responsibilities regarding all students.
  • Support all staff in understanding the needs of SEN pupils.
  • Support departmental developments of SEN provision.
  • Monitor progress towards targets for pupils with SEN.
  • Analyse and interpret relevant school, local and national data.
  • Liaise with staff, parents, external agencies and other schools to coordinate their contribution, provide maximum support and ensure continuity of provision.
  • Coordinate all Annual Reviews and reviews of Individual Education Plans and attend / chair when necessary.

Teaching and Learning:

  • Support the identification of and disseminate the most effective teaching approaches for individual pupils with SEN.
  • Work with staff to develop effective ways of bridging barriers to learning through:

➔ assessment of needs
➔ monitoring of teaching quality and pupil achievement
➔ target setting
➔ IEPs / IBPs
➔ keeping accurate records.

  • Collect and interpret specialist assessment data to inform practice.
  • Work with head teachers, teachers, key stage co-ordinators and pastoral staff to ensure all pupils learning is of equal importance and that there are high and realistic expectations of pupils.

Appraisal

  • Participate in any arrangements for the appraisal of the SpLD team’s performance.
  • Provide professional guidance to staff to secure good teaching for SEN pupils, through both written guidance and meetings
  • Maintain up to date continuing professional development (CPD) and participate in clinical and management supervision.
  • Advise on and contribute to the professional development of staff, including whole school INSET provision; Leading and managing
  • Provide regular information to the head teacher and governing body on the evaluation of SEN provision.
  • Advise the headteacher and governing body of priorities for deployment of staff, and utilise resources with maximum efficiency.
  • Work with external agencies to maximise resources made available.

School Wide Responsibilities

  • Help to maintain wellbeing and positivity among the pupils and safeguard their health and safety both on the school premises and when engaged in other authorised school activities.
  • Participate in regular staff and therapy team meetings.

Safeguarding recruitment statement
Gretton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff to share this commitment, applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

We aim to be a fair employer and are committed to equal opportunities. Gretton School does not discriminate against employees on the basis of gender, ethnic origin, disability or age.

Salary: £29,664- £36,961 dependent on experience

Close date: Monday 21st June
Start date: January 2022 or sooner if possible