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Head of Learning Development (SENDCO) - Full-time - Special Needs Position

St Michael's Prep School, Otford

  • Ref:KCC886-6016-210T
  • Posted:25/11/2022
  • Pay:St Michael's Teaching Pay Scales
  • Start Date:April or September 2023
  • App Close Date:06/12/2022 at 08:00
  • Interviews:Week Commencing 12th December 2022


We have an exciting opportunity to take on the role of Head of Learning Development. You will have the unique privilege of making a real difference to the progress of learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) here at St Michael’s, including those who are Gifted and Talented (G&T) or have English as an Additional Language (EAL). You will lead, manage, develop and maintain high-quality provision for inclusion throughout the school, enabling first-class teaching, excellent learning outcomes and success for all SEND pupils. 

Working closely with the Head and members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), you will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day support of learners with SEND, communication with teachers, parents and external agencies where necessary, and leading a large Learning Development team. A position on the Senior Leadership Team may be available for the right candidate.

We can offer you:

A first-class working environment, supportive colleagues, competitive salary, small class sizes, free meals provided during term time; free parking on site; sick pay scheme; annual salary review; automatic enrolment to the St Michael’s Pension Scheme for Teachers (currently TPS) and continuous professional development.

St Michael’s actively manages the inclusion of its people and values human diversity, believing that our different ways of being and thinking adds value to our school community.  We are committed to creating and sustaining a more ethnically diverse workforce. In this regard, we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds who share our values in this area.

If you would like to apply for this role, please send a completed teaching staff application form and equal opportunities form (downloadable from our website) together with a covering letter all in word or PDF format, explaining why you are the ideal candidate for this role to:

Kim d’Albertanson, HR Manager at:


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8am on Tuesday 6th December 2022

INTERVIEW DATE: Week commencing 12th December 2022

Early applications welcomed

St Michael’s Prep School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service and online digital presence checks if invited to interview.

Information about the school

St Michael's Prep School is a co-educational day school, rated ‘Excellent’ by the ISI in March 2017, with approximately 475 children aged 2-13, enjoying a beautiful location, overlooking 100 acres of land. Our state of the art Pre-Prep building sets each child on a learning journey that is rich, active and inspiring. Children continue into the Prep School, taught by a large number of specialist professionals who work throughout the school to provide a rich array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

Benefits of working at St Michael’s Prep:

As we are an independent school our terms are just 33 weeks long (5 weeks shorter than state schools). Our academic staff are in school 34 weeks per year which includes INSET days, when training for interesting and relevant topics is provided. All staff working over the lunch period are entitled to a complimentary hot or cold lunch during term time. There is complimentary use of the swimming pool (at agreed times only). Classes are small. Parking on site is free, and we would welcome you to the St Michael’s family with a comprehensive, interesting induction program.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01959 522137


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.