Assistant Leader of SEND (maternity cover)

Leeds City Academy

S01 Point 29 – 31 £25951 - £27668 Pro Rata TT0 + 25 Days

Accountable to: SENDCO


Purpose of job: To contribute to the key objective of the Academy Development Plan, ‘Raising standards of achievement’, by effectively and professionally providing a range of administrative duties.

This will include being the front face of student reception.

Responsible for: Student Reception/administrative duties

NB: All post-holders at the White Rose Academies Trust are responsible for improving the outcomes for learners and upholding the ethos of the academies. The five principles of the Children’s Act: Every Child Matters guide the work of every adult working at or associated with Leeds City Academy.


  • To assist the SENDCO in coordinating and monitoring students with Special Educational Needs to ensure they have access to an outstanding quality of education and make excellent progress

  • To support the Academic Achievement Leader in coordinating wave 2 interventions

  • To lead on casework, compiling evidence and advising parents of the process for statutory assessment, establishing, monitoring, and reviewing SEN intervention and ensuring high standards of learning and achievements for all students

NB: All post-holders at The White Rose Academies Trust are responsible for improving the outcomes for learners and upholding the ethos of the Academy. The five principles of the Children’s Act: Every Child Matters guide the work of every adult working at or associated with Leeds City Academy.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • To assist the SENDCO to coordinate the development and implementation of the SEN, SLCN and Inclusion policies in order to raise achievement and improve the quality of education provided for all students with SEN across the school

  • To assist the SENDCO in coordinating referrals for wave 3 support, assessments and gathering evidence for statutory assessment on children and young people with identified special educational needs in line with statutory timescales

  • To coordinate and develop effective liaison with external agencies to maximise support for pupils with SEN, working closely with agencies such as the Educational Psychologist and MindMate including developing the Service Level Agreements

  • To ensure that the SEN register and ANT system is accurately updated

  • To liaise with parents and carers to inform them of support that is being offered

  • To manage the implementation of attendance, ASD and personal support plans

  • To conduct review meetings to monitor and record the progress made by students with SEN towards the achievement of targets set and long-term outcomes

  • To assist the SENDCO in managing and maintaining all Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP) including annual reviews and relevant paperwork

  • To promptly and accurately complete any administrative requirements for the SEN register, EHCP reviews, FFI applications and IEPs maintaining details both written and electronic

  • Attend and take minutes for SEN meetings including Annual Reviews and/or draft EHCPs, ensuring action and dissemination to staff team, as appropriate

  • Keep up with all relevant legislation, including the Codes of Practice for SEN, Disabilities and Equal Opportunities; advising parents, teachers and governors on guidance and regulations relating to the statutory special educational needs assessment process ensuring the SEN Code of Practice is followed and implemented successfully

  • To manage and support staff involved in working with pupils with SEN alongside the SENDCO, including the line management of the KS3 Pathway Mentor and responding to calls for support in their absence

  • To work with pupils, class teachers, key co-ordinators, parents and the senior management team to maintain high standards of behaviour and learning

  • To ensure that the SEN Code of Practice is followed and implemented successfully

  • To provide appropriate resources for Special Needs and Learning Support and ensure that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely including the delivery of some specific interventions

  • Identify own learning needs and to attend training in order to develop professional knowledge and skills as directed by line manager through supervision

  • To demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, good judgement and an ability to solve problems and manage time effectively

Other Duties:

  • To carry out morning, break, lunch and after school duties as required by the leadership team

  • To participate in meetings with colleagues and parents relative to the post

  • Carry out any other duties as directed by the Principal

Equal Opportunities:

  • To promote equal opportunities in Education in Order that all children and families will gain optimum benefit from the service provided

  • To promote and ensure that all students and young people are happy, healthy, safe, successful and achieve economic wellbeing

Generic Staff Requirements:

  • Uphold the professional standards expected of every member of Academy staff in all dealings with colleagues, students, parents / carers and the wider community

  • Adhere to the principles expressed in the aims of the Academy and its mission statement

  • Actively contribute to the continued development of the Academy by attending training, participating in relevant meetings, and putting forward ideas for improvement

  • Be a positive, collaborative team member

  • Apply Academy policies in all aspects of the role

  • Keep up to date with all aspects of the safeguarding children policy as it applies to the post

Part of the White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of schools in the region - Leeds City Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students achieve ‘World Class’ status. We're securing our 2025 vision for World Class by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation of West Yorkshire. We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students. The Trust employs over 400 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation. Our CPD Programme is focused on innovation, leadership development and delivery of excellence for vulnerable groups. Our Beginner Teacher Programme is amongst the best in the region. We are on a significant journey which will see all of our schools Ofsted rated as World Class within five years. The White Rose Academies Trust is a member of Luminate Education Group, other members include Harrogate College, Keighley College, Leeds City College and Leeds Conservatoire. The Group provides expertise, international networks and highly desirable employability prospects within education and beyond.

Closing date: Tuesday 2nd March 2021 Shortlisting date: Tuesday 2nd March 2021 Interview date: Thursday 11th March 2021 Start date: 22nd March 2021

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