SENCO or Lead for SEN - ftc, T&Cs to be agreed
Our SEN role is an excellent opportunity to change the lives of our students by helping them to access learning at the level most appropriate to their needs
Nature of the Role: To provide support for all students with special educational needs or disabilities at the college. The ideal candidate with have a significant level of relevant SENCO experience obtained in either school or college. They will hold a relevant SENCO qualification will also have experience of maintaining and applying for EHCPs, along with knowledge of local authority procedure in relation to funding.
Responsible to: Assistant Principal
Responsible for: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Hours: Fixed term, part-time or contract role
Welcome to Ada!
We are the Government’s National College for Digital Skills, the top performing institution for the new Computer Science BTEC and are passionate about educating, supporting and creating the next generation of digital pioneers.
As a small college of 155 students in Tottenham Hale, north London, we have a very diverse student body from a wide range of backgrounds and are committed to using tech as a tool for social mobility. We offer a supportive culture for students and staff and our excellent industry links ensure you get regular formal and informal CPD to support your teaching and technical knowledge and development.
We are a specialist college where all our students are passionate about tech and we are committed to supporting them to progress onto highly skilled roles in the digital sector. All students study computer science for at least 60% of their curriculum, with regular off-curriculum industry projects with partners such as King Games, Deloitte and Bank of America.
We are passionate about high quality teaching and learning, using industry’s problems to bring education to life for our learners and thinking of innovative new approaches to communicating some of tech’s more challenging concepts!
Our students achieve highly across all subjects and progress to an amazing range of destinations. In Summer 2020 these included: Deloitte, Vodafone, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, BT, BBC, Oxford University, Nottingham University, Queen Mary University and many more with over 70% progressing to their first choice destination.
We received Good with Outstanding features in our first Ofsted inspection in October 2018.
Purpose of the Role
As SENCO you will fulfil a critical role in ensuring that students with special educational needs and disabilities at Ada receive the support they need. This will include overseeing the day-to-day operation of Ada’s SEND policy, supporting the identification of children with special educational needs, coordinating provision for children with SEND, liaising with parents of children with SEND, as well as liaising with other providers, educational psychologists and external agencies. You will also ensure the records of all students with SEND are kept and are up to date.
Alongside the Assistant Principal and Principal, you will ensure that all staff follow the college’s SEND policy. This will involve identifying, assessing and planning for needs and developing support programmes to meet those needs and break down any barriers to learning. It may involve calling in outside professionals such as an educational psychologist.
Key aspects of the role:
- The identification of children with special educational needs or disabilities in the college
- Assessing and planning interventions or support programmes to meet the needs of individual students
- Tracking and monitoring the progress of students with SEND
- Ensuring there is high quality teaching and intervention for students with SEND
- Developing the SEND provision in the college further
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Ensuring students with special educational needs are receiving high quality teaching and their needs are catered for.
- Work with a full range of external agencies to support the educational needs of individual students and their wider life
- Complete all required paperwork for students on Education Health and Care Plans, ensuring the college is delivering high quality support and interventions to meet their individual needs and that this is regularly reviewed, alongside parents/carers, other staff members and relevant external agencies
- Work alongside the Exams Officer to secure additional exam access arrangements, as required
- To train and support Learning Support Assistants in their roles.
- To secure additional funding through High Needs Funding applications and ensure this funding is deployed appropriately.
- To lead Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the sixth form staff building their practice and knowledge in line with key responsibilities including Safeguarding training, Behaviour, PSHE and SEND.
- To represent the college and key students at meetings with external professionals, feeding back information with other members of staff as required.
Alongside the Assistant Principal and Principal
- Embody Ada’s values of Curiosity, Rigour, Creativity, Collaboration and Resilience with staff and students on a daily basis and work to instil a culture and ethos that evidences these.
- Work to ensure the quality of student experience is rated highly through student and parent surveys.
- Assist with the recruitment and selection of staff.
- To contribute to the management of key college events, including open events, consultation evenings, assessment days and welcome events.
- Assist in planning and managing the student recruitment process, alongside the Outreach Manager, including carrying out interviews.
- Help foster effective links with industry partners, the FE and HE sectors and the local community.
- Contribute to the implementation of the College’s operational activities.
- To assist the careers and progression lead to ensure all students are working towards suitable progression routes either into the digital sector or onto a relevant university course, including support in managing the UCAS application process and with the writing and editing of college UCAS references.
Essential Qualifications and Experience
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- SENCO qualification
- Experience with KS4 or post 16 students
- Evidence of understanding what excellent special needs support looks like
Desirable Qualifications and Experience
- Experience of school / college leadership
- Experience of leading on the support of students with special educational needs and disabilities, including working with third party agencies
- Experience of implementing and maintaining effective SEND strategies
- Experience of leading teams within an educational context and evidence of a positive and sustained impact
- Leadership and implementation of effective SEND intervention programmes at a department/year/school or college wide level that had a proven impact on results
- Experience of coaching and developing teachers and/or pastoral staff to help them improve their practise.
- Knowledge of industry, ideally the tech sector, and ideas of how to invigorate the curriculum by harnessing industry’s challenges and ways of working
Leadership and Management – the ability to demonstrate:
- Genuine passion and belief in the potential of every student
- An educational vision aligned with the college’s high aspirations
- Clear strategies for establishing consistently high standards of results and behaviour and a commitment to relentlessly instilling these
- A desire to innovate and try new approaches, being reflective and learning from mistakes
- An ability to give feedback in a constructive and challenging way
- An ambassadorial approach in all dealings with the community and subsequently to be positive in successfully marketing the college in the community
- Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
- Strong organisational skills which includes the ability to delegate, prioritise and use effective time management
- Resilience and motivation to stay positive and focus on key priorities during times of challenge
- Confidence and effective presentation skills during assemblies, parents and carers events and other public speaking opportunities
- A willingness to work flexibly and where necessary outside of normal working hours
The successful candidate will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check when appointed to the post. References for shortlisted candidates will be requested prior to the interview day. Further information about the DBS be found at www.gov.uk
Remuneration and Benefits
Contract: Fixed term part-time from January to July 2021 in the first instance.
Salary: Up to £43,000 (FTE) This is a fixed term role and for the right person could be a part-time role paid via a contract or on a daily or hourly rate for an agreed period of time.
Selection process: Application; interview and tasks relevant to the post
Holidays: The college holidays are broadly in line with Haringey Local Authority term
DBS: All employees undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
Pension: Dependent on contract.
Ada. National College for Digital Skills recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to its strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the College’s commitment to equality and diversity:
- To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity;
- To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential community;
- To ensure that all employees and prospective employees of the College are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction;
- To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation;
- To promote good relations between individuals from different groups.
Applicants with disabilities
Ada. National College for Digital Skills is keen to increase the number of disabled people it employs. We therefore encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please HR@ada.ac.uk.
How to apply
Please complete the application form addressing how you meet the person specification and email via the button below, in the subject field please write “Application for SENCO” followed by your name. If you have any questions about the role or for a confidential conversation about the post, please contact Jobs@ada.ac.uk putting ‘Application query for SENCO’ in the email title.
Thank you for your interest in Ada. National College for Digital Skills.