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SENCO - Full-time

Thistle Hill Academy, Sheerness

  • Ref:KCC886-2034-133L
  • Posted:07/03/2023
  • Pay:M6 plus SEN allowance or UPS plus SEN allowance
  • Start Date:SEPT 2023 (subject to DBS being returned)
  • App Close Date:17/04/2023 at 10:00
  • Interviews:W/c 24th April


Thistle Hill Academy is looking to appoint a Full-time SENCo to start in September 2023. Due to internal promotion we have a fantastic opportunity to add a new member to our team!

We are looking for applicants with previous experience and who have completed the National Award for SEN Coordination. They should also have demonstrated outstanding practice when in role as a classroom teacher with experience of working with children with additional needs. We will consider applicants who are currently working towards the National Award or experienced teachers who wish to start this.

The successful candidate will benefit from working collaboratively with the other experienced Special Educational Needs Coordinators in the Trust and be part of an inspirational and creative team working within Thistle Hill.

This strategic role will include leading, developing and supporting effective practice for children with special and additional needs. There will be a heavy focus on developing teachers to provide ‘quality first’ teaching, supporting teachers to remove barriers to learning and early identification of special need. The successful applicant will also have oversight of our Specialist Resourced Provision - the SRP at Thistle is a designated autism provision therefore experience of supporting children with autism would be advantageous.

In our SRP we aim to equip pupils with the skills they require to function successfully in a mainstream class. The SENCo will work closely with the SRP Lead Teacher and outside agencies to ensure the most effective provision for each individual child.

In addition to the oversight of the day to day running and organisation of the SRP and supporting class teachers, the SENCo will have responsibility for leading on Annual Review meetings and statutory EHCP paperwork.

Please see the attached person specifications for more details about the skills and qualities we are looking for in our ideal candidate

For more information about Thistle Hill please visit our website or Facebook page.

Salary is negotiable and dependent on experience - M6 plus SEN allowance or UPS plus SEN allowance

We reserve the right to interview before the published end date should a sufficient number of suitable candidates apply, therefore please submit your application early to avoid disappointment. Due to a high volume of applicants, we will only contact shortlisted candidates

Our school and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that references will be requested prior to interview, at least one reference must be from your most recent employer.

Candidates who are invited for interview will be required to bring with them photo ID (either a valid driving licence or passport)


Information about the school

Thistle Hill Academy is a large 2FE Primary School in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey.

The school is a member of The Stour Academy Trust, a forwarding thinking Multi Academy Trust of primary schools that are transforming that way that children learn in order to better prepare them for the 21st century.

For more information, please visit the school’s website: www.thistlehill.kent.sch.uk

For more information about The Stour Academy Trust, please visit the Trust website: www.thestouracademytrust.org.uk

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Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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 Education.