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Sendco - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Spires Academy, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-6911-383T
  • Posted:10/01/2022
  • Pay:Leadership L1-L5
  • Start Date:April 2022
  • App Close Date:21/01/2022 at 10:00
  • Interviews:Interviews could be held before closing date


  1. To fulfil the role of SENDCO in the Academy, ensuring that all statutory requirements are met; students are supported and make good progress regardless of need and that staff have the relevant data, training and strategies to enable progress to be made.
  2. To take the strategic overview for those students identified as SEND and write strategic and operational plans where required.
  3. To oversee and act as the Designated Teacher for Children in Care.
  4. To contribute and initiate policies to achieve significant improvement for SEND students throughout the Academy. 
  5. To contribute to the management of high academic standards, good attendance and behaviour by all students in the academy.
  6. To create strategic plans, prepare the sections of the development plan relating to students with additional needs, implement the plans and review their success.
  7. To raise awareness and understanding of SEND strategies across the school to enable teachers to be more effective in teaching students on the SEND register.
  8. To lead on SEND and CIC admissions and assessments.
  9. To lead professional development for staff and students on SEND matters within the academy.
  10. To promote quality first teaching across the academy.
  11. To use financial and resource management innovatively and wisely to support SEND students.
  12. To secure the appropriate funding to support SEND students.
  13. To represent the academy views and interests at relevant meetings/forums both locally and nationally.
  14. To develop and maintain an up-to-date provision map of support for SEND students.
  15. To manage day-to-day provision and deploy relevant staff
  16. To take direction from and work closely with the Vice Principal for Behaviour, attendance and personal development.
  17. To liaise with any relevant outside agencies both locally and within the Trust, including specialist services and providers.
  18. To ensure Education Health Care Plans are provided for specific students where and when required.
  19. To undertake Appraisal/performance management for staff by setting targets, monitoring performance, defining support and planning development, which will lead to better outcomes for the students.
  20. To analyse objective data on the performance of SEND students, providing reports to the Governors, Principal and SLT as required by the Principal or Vice Principal.
  21. Liaise with the Exams Manager in all aspects of examination arrangements, including ensuring there is a formal evidence base to support access arrangements.  
  22. To deliver student assemblies and communications to students and their families as required.
  23. To support at Open Evenings, Marketing Events, Recruitment Visits, Consultations and Progress Reviews to improve recruitment and retention of all students.
  24. To carry out a range of additional duties that may arise from time-to-time in accordance with the nature of the role as directed by the Principal or Vice Principal.

Information about the school

About Us

Spires Academy offers a distinctive small school environment and is justly proud of its reputation as a place where each individual is well known, listened to and encouraged to be the best they can be.

At Spires Academy we believe our core purpose is “Achieving Excellence Together”. We aim for excellence in everything we do, from learning to personal development. We work hard to provide a safe and happy environment within which every student can grow and achieve personal, social and academic success.

Our staff turnover is low, we invest in our staff to help them to become the best possible teachers they can be. There are excellent opportunities for people who work hard. Effort is often recognised in career development and many who came to us as NQT's now have substantial leadership roles. Our CPD programme and collegiate approach are highly effective. Staff morale is high and so is that of our students and their community.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Gemma Lees
  • Address:Bredlands Lane, Sturry, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 0HD
  • Telephone: 01227710392
  • Email: glees@spires.e21c.co.uk


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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).