Special Educational Needs Coordinator/ Class Teacher

The Governing Body at Orchard Primary School is seeking to appoint an inspirational, enthusiastic and motivated SENDCO and class teacher to join our thriving school.


The post lends itself to a good amount of flexibility, with either full-time hours being offered or 0.8 hours if preferred.


Working for two days a week in a non-class based position, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading, managing and developing SEND provision, fulfilling the designated responsibilities of the SENDCO. You will provide clear guidance for staff on the implementation of quality first teaching strategies to raise achievement for children with SEND, as well as to establish and manage bespoke interventions to support the academic, social and emotional progress of identified pupils. You will also manage our dedicated and experienced team of learning support staff. (In time, it is also anticipated that the role with evolve into one of Inclusion Leader, with EAL and Pupil Premium children also being under your remit).


The successful candidate will then complete a further two days working as a class teacher in Year 3 to enable the Deputy Headteacher to be released for Leadership Duties, and potentially a third teaching day covering PPA in two KS2 classes (am/pm).


Please state which hours you would prefer on your application.


Candidates should have:

  • qualified Teacher Status recognised by the DfE, with at least 3 years or more teaching experience
  • the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, working towards or be willing to complete this course within 12 months of appointment
  • a full working knowledge of relevant SEND legislation and thorough knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
  • a passion for working with vulnerable pupils and those with SEND
  • the ability to lead staff in developing their knowledge and expertise in working with SEN children
  • the ability to support and overview the work of TAs and LSAs working with SEN children
  • skills in working with pupils with a range of different abilities and special/additional needs
  • knowledge of a range of effective SEND intervention programs
  • excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work within a team
  • good management and organisational skills
  • the necessary communication skills enabling effective liaison with parents/carers and outside agencies
  • the drive to work effectively with the Headteacher and SLT to achieve excellence


The successful candidate must also:

  • be an excellent teacher with a passion for learning and a proven ability to secure good pupil progress for children across a range of year groups
  • be a talented and ambitious practitioner with a positive 'can do' approach, willing to use initiative, imagination and creativity
  • be an enthusiastic, committed and passionate individual, able to motivate and inspire young people and colleagues
  • have the confidence to ensure the highest expectations of achievement and behaviour

In return we can offer you:

  • Well-behaved, happy children who are eager and willing to learn
  • An attractive, well-maintained working environment with excellent facilities and resources
  • The opportunity to become part of a hardworking and nurturing staff who are committed to providing the best education for the children in their care
  • An imaginative and creative approach to the curriculum, layered with excellent enrichment opportunities to bring learning to life
  • A genuine commitment to continuing professional development and career progression within a truly inclusive, forward thinking school
  • A supportive Governing Body


Application Information

Orchard Primary School is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably experienced persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Visits to the school are encouraged. Please contact the school office to book an appointment. Telephone: 01332 810078 or email: school@orchard.leics.sch.uk

Application is via the attached application form only and should be sent by e-mail or posted with your covering letter to:

Orchard Primary School
Grange Drive
Castle Donington
DE74 2QU


Applications will be considered as they are received, and your early response is encouraged.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 10th April 12 noon

Provisional interview date: Friday 10th May 2019 at Orchard Primary School

Successful applicants will be contacted by telephone to confirm invite to interview; applicants who have not heard by this date should presume they have not been shortlisted on this occasion. 

Orchard Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Successful candidates will receive the County Council’s Safeguarding Policy that outlines the duties and responsibilities of the employer and all employees. The successful applicant will also require an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). All job offers will be subject to successful DBS, medical clearance and references.

For further information please see our job listing on eteach or contact the school office:

Please click the link below to download a copy of the Application Form, for a post within the School:
Application form for teaching and support staff appointments.doc

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