Deputy Head Teacher

Deputy Head Teacher

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  • Sector:

    Secondary , Special Needs

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  • Salary:

    £49018 - £52720

  • Contact:

    Chantelle Hopes

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

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Our team is working with a large charity trust who is seeking to appoint a deputy headteacher to work within their school in Lowestoft. 
We are looking for an experienced and compassionate individual to join us as an Assistant Headteacher/Special Educational Need Co-ordinator (SENCO).  In this role you will be managing the day-to-day operation of provision for learners with special educational needs (SEN) and providing professional guidance in the area of SEN, ensuring high-quality teaching and the effective use of resources to bring about improved standards of achievement for all of our learners.
You will also act as a key point of contact for external agencies, in relation to the provision, planning, and funding of support for learners with SEN.
You will work closely with the Head of School, and Curriculum and Learning Lead in the strategic development of the school's special educational needs policy and strategy. 
Main accountabilities will include:
  • Strategic direction and development of SEN provision
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of that policy with the aim of raising SEN pupil achievement
  • Attending multi-agency meetings, Common Assessment Frameworks, and Annual Reviews.
  • Leading on the completion of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and the securing of higher needs funding to meet identified needs.
  • Working with senior colleagues to ensure that our service meets its responsibilities under the Equalities Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.
  • Ensuring that service policies, procedures, and practices relating to SEN are adhered to.
  • In partnership with senior colleagues, monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Helping colleagues to evaluate the impact of their teaching on learners.
  • Ensuring continuity and progression through the analysis of learner performance data, the assessment of progress and support for teaching staff with target setting.
  • Working with teaching colleagues to support coherence and consistency in curriculum progression.
  • Liaising with external agencies, commissioners, and other stakeholders to communicate strategy and progress in relation to SEN
  • Ensuring that the service keeps records of all learners with SEN up-to-date.
  • Liaising with the designated safeguarding lead where there are issues relating to learners with SEN.
  • Advising on the deployment of the service’s delegated budget and other resources to meet learners’ needs effectively.
To be successful in this role you will need to keep up to date with recent developments in education pedagogy, including new learning and teaching methods and the new Ofsted framework. You will be enthusiastic about exploring the full potential of Alternative Provision – with an understanding of the risks that exist for vulnerable and complex young people and their families and a passion for achieving positive outcomes.
Your own experiences should include having experience of leading and managing whole school change; making a demonstrable impact on people and performance through effective performance management procedures.
You will need to be both creative and resilient as some of the situations you will encounter will be challenging, with a firm belief in inspirational teaching and learning and its ability to transform lives. 
Essential Qualifications
• Qualified teacher status
Desirable Qualifications
• DSL trained
Candidates will be subject to a variety of checks including an enhanced DBS check, full references including your most recent employer, and eligibility to work in the UK. Step Teachers are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.
Step Teachers is an agency listed as an approved supplier on the Crown Commercial Service.  This is a new framework for schools to use, ensuring they have access to reputable agencies that meet certain safeguarding and recruitment guidelines.  The DfE is heavily marketing this service across schools and we would strongly suggest making sure you are registered with a CCS-approved agency moving forwards.  Registering with Step Teachers ensures you are working for a trusted partner of the DfE. 
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