Deputy SENCO

Permanent, Full time

Flexible working options available

Salary: according to experience + TLR 2.2

To start: January 2024


The Bulmershe School are looking to employ a Deputy SENCO to join our Learning Support Department. The role will be one that truly makes a difference to our young people and will involve supporting and liaising duties across Key Stages 3-5 and in a wide range of subjects for a wide range of needs. This role is additionally a teaching role for small groups of learners who need support in maths, literacy and other areas. The Deputy SENCO will be expected to work closely with the SENCO and to take an active interest in the wider aspects of Learning Support and Inclusion within the school, helping to remove barriers to learning wherever they exist.

We have a larger than average population of SEND students; around 50 young people with EHCPs and about 280 on the SEN register. We have a well-resourced department and have staff in our LSA team with a variety of skillsets who are all committed to valuing diversity within children. You will be joining a vibrant, forward thinking and dedicated department that is child-centred with a sense of humour and flexible working methods. We work closely as an effective team and will make you feel welcome.

This post could potentially be an excellent stepping stone towards future career developments and you will be supportively challenged to continue developing your own strengths and learning experiences as a practitioner. We realise some aspects of the role may be new and therefore we would put the successful candidate through the new SEN National Professional Qualification [NPQ] from September 2024.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assisting the SENCO with the identification, assessment and provision for all children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities and to deputise for the SENCO if required.
  • Supporting the SENCO with providing a strategic vision for the Department
  • Raising standards of SEND student inclusion, attainment and achievement by monitoring and supporting student progress
  • Delivering classes in maths and English where required and by supporting with academic attainment across the board
  • Advising staff with developing a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum to help SEND learners succeed on a small group basis
  • Liaising with Learning Support staff, Heads of Department and class teachers about students with SEN and, where necessary, refer students to the appropriate external agencies for further support.
  • Engaging in liaison meetings with appropriate outside agencies, under direction of the SENCO e.g. Ed Psych, Speech and Language service, ASC service, EWO; LEA etc. and to facilitate opportunities for external agencies to work with students and staff when appropriate.
  • Advising LSAs of the needs of students with learning inclusion issues and of suitable methods and strategies to remediate these needs. This may include the modelling of good practice or support with planning and review.
  • Ensuring that appropriate schemes of work, including related SEND assessment processes, are in place and regularly reviewed

Why join The Bulmershe School

  • This is an outstanding opportunity to join a thriving, creative and nationally recognised, 11-18, community school with an excellent reputation.
  • Excellent CPD opportunities through our networks with other schools and our in-house training
  • You will be joining a vibrant and positive team of subject specialists
  • Additional opportunities to lead extra-curricular or pastoral clubs if desired

We believe that The Bulmershe is a school where you can really make a difference and we look forward to your application. 

How to Apply

  1. If you’d like to find out more about role, the school, or to talk to us about options for flexible working – call: 0118 935 3353 to arrange to meet us for coffee and a chat
  2. Ready to apply? Please complete our application form (CVs will not be accepted)
  3. Email your application and equal opportunities form to the Assistant School Business Manager, Mrs Bagley-Kelly:

The Bulmershe School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments are subject to enhanced DBS clearance and satisfactory employment references. Note: This job description is not your contract of employment or any part of it. It has been prepared only for the purpose of school organisation and may change either as your contract changes or as the organisation of the school is changed. Nothing will be changed without consultation.


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