Salary details: £19,819 - £21,074 Pro Rata
Role Title: Area SENCO
Based at: Civic Office
Salary Details: Grade 9 £31,427 - £35,248
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing date: 04/01/2019
We are passionate about our Place and we firmly believe we have one of the strongest propositions in the country. Building on the strengths of being the UK’s best connected location, Doncaster is transforming the way it looks and feels. Anyone joining our council can look forward to working for a confident, ambitious organisation with big plans to develop further and deliver for our residents, workforce and visitors.
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As a pivotal part of Team Doncaster, the council has been on a significant journey of improvement and transformation to become an employer of choice. In a challenging financial climate, we are transforming children and young people’s services and we have ambitious plans to be the most child friendly borough in the country. This role forms part of a wider recruitment campaign to further strengthen the directorate and to continue to drive the positive momentum gained from our improvement journey to date. If you have the passion and commitment and you wish to join our team, you can look forward to being part of a confident, ambitious organisation at an exciting time for the borough.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for the position of an Area SENDCO within the Early Years Inclusion Service.
As an Area SENDCO you will empower early years provider SENDCO’s to respond to the diverse needs of children in their care in order to improve the quality of provision and remove barriers to learning for children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND), supporting the delivery of the graduated approach of Assess, Plan, Do and Review.
The role of the Area SENCO will disseminate quality first teaching in order to secure the best possible outcomes for children and their families. This will involve working in partnership with collaborators ensuring existing links are maintained to support smooth transitions into children’s future placements and that children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities are included in all learning opportunities as specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.
The role of the Area SENDCO supports the management of an early years specialist provision, Seedlings, which provides for the needs of children with significant social communication difficulties and autism.
The role of the Area SENDCO also includes:
• Providing advice and practical support to early years providers about approaches to identification, assessment and intervention within the SEN Code of Practice.
• Providing day-to-day support for setting-based SENDCO’s in ensuring arrangements are in place to support children with SEN.
• Strengthening the links between early years providers, parents, schools, social care and health services.
• Developing and disseminating good practice to support the development and delivery of training for both individual providers and on a wider, borough basis.
• Developing links within existing SENDCO networks to support children’s smooth transitions to school nursery and reception classes.
• Informing parents of local impartial information, advice and support services to promote effective work with parents of children aged 0-5 years.
• Co-ordinating assessment requests for EHCP and SEN support plan meetings in order to ensure a co-ordinated approach and to monitor, review and evaluate the outcomes.
• Managing a caseload of early years providers where the expectation is to review and develop new ideas in which to move the Early Years Inclusion Service forward.
• Providing support to Doncaster’s Family Hubs, Portage and any additional relevant groups, including Ofsted registered specialist provision, Seedlings, as required.
• Monitoring and overseeing relevant documentation related to APDR and SEN support plans.
• Providing support to early years providers to ensure that the Integrated Review is embedded in their ethos and practice.
• Leading on and having responsibility for a particular aspect within the Early Years Inclusion Service.
Further details about the responsibilities and requirements of the role are contained in the job profile and role summary.
In return for your hard work and dedication, we can offer you the chance to be part of a great team dedicated to ensuring that all people in Doncaster thrive. You will also have access to a variety of attractive employee benefits including competitive leave entitlement, local government pension scheme and access to a range of staff discount and flexible benefits schemes. Visit our Working in Doncaster page to find out more.
If you would like any further information about the advertised role please contact either Mandy Haddock (01302 862105 / 07768325417) or Rachael Summerscales (01302 862487 / 07790385854).
Shortlisting applications: Tuesday 8th January 2019
Interviews: Wednesday 23rd January 2019
This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
Doncaster Council is committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community where we strive to improve the quality of life for all. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expect all staff to share these commitments.
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