Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Job Description

Educated Appointments are delighted to be supporting a well established and expanding creative training provider in hiring a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator to join their team based in Walthamstow, East London.

Our client are a well-established and expanding creative industry training provider with more than twenty years’ experience of delivering positive outcomes for learners. Our mission is to improve the lives of young people through high quality training and creative industry experiences, and we also take pride in ensuring staff are encouraged to flourish.

The role

We are looking for an outstanding SENDco to join our team based in Walthamstow, East London. The successful candidate will have maths and English at GCSE grade “C/4” or above, and will be educated to degree level with evidence of outstanding practice working with 16-19 year old learners in a city environment.

Key tasks

  • The ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of young people

  • Strong working knowledge of the SEND code of practice funding arrangements for high needs students

  • Carry out assessments with SEN and high needs learners to identify needs and monitor progress during enrolment and throughout the academic year

  • Select learners for intervention, timetable, and allocate a member of staff to lead

  • Ensure up to date and accurate records are kept of all interventions for individual learners requesting summative and formative resports from allocated staff

  • Work with the tutor team, parents, and various external agencies to develop, implement and monitor individual support plans

  • Liaise with staff, parents, external agencies and other schools to coordinate their contribution, provide maximum support and ensure continuity of provision

  • Lead and manage a team of high needs support tutors, including recruitment and timetabling

  • Complete high needs funding applications and liasie with local authorities to negotiate funds

  • Compile and complete form 8s and apply for access arrangements using access arrangements online

  • Update all trackers associated with KPIs, progress of learners, consultations, and disciplinary processes

  • Communicate effectively and frequently with SMT members regarding HN and SEN learners

Desired qualities

  • Ability to empathise with and understand the many challenges faced by young adults in a demographic with high free school meals rate and poverty levels, many of whom struggled to succeed at school

  • Display warmth, empathy,care, and sensitivity

  • Experience of working as a SENDco in a similar post 16 environment (desired but not essential)

  • Extremely organised and able to manage own work load effectively and flexibly

  • Highly motivated and driven to succeed in a rewarding environment

  • Outstanding communication skills and experience of good / outstanding Ofsted

  • Outstanding negotiation skills

  • Positive, solution focused and proactive when managing and responding to data

  • Assertive and self-confident in the management of a SEN team including around 20 teaching assistants

  • Committed and willing to “go the extra mile” to meet targets

  • Ambitious - will not settle for less than outstanding standards of work and behaviour

  • Has achieved the national award for special educational needs coordinators (desired but not essential)

  • Evidence of relevant CPD in relation to SEN and inclusion

  • Knowledge and experience of literacy and numeracy interventions to promote progress

  • Open minded, self-evaluative and adaptable to changing circumstances and new ideas

  • Knowledge and understanding to support learners with EAL

  • Experience of leading SEN training to improve the quality of teaching and learning

Staff benefits

Company pension scheme

Employee assistance programme including healthcare cashback

Bike to work scheme

Supportive, caring and developmental environment

Excellent career development opportunities and performance recognition

Staff social events

Interest free loans for emergencies or professional development

Cycle to work scheme