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Head of Learning Support and SEND

SEN Job Vacancies

Head of Learning Support and SEND

Eagle House School

(for September 2022)

The Position- This is a full-time position which becomes vacant in September 2022.

The School- Eagle House is one of the oldest preparatory schools in the country having been founded in 1820. At that time the school was sited in Hammersmith, from there moving in 1860 to Wimbledon, and finally to its present location in Sandhurst in 1886. 

In 1993 the Pre-Prep was opened for boys aged from 4 to 7, and two years later the first girls were welcomed. The following year, 1996, the school became fully co-educational. The final change of significance was the opening in 1997 of the Nursery for children aged 3 years.

In total the school employs about 60 people on the teaching staff. In addition, there are many visiting music teachers and visiting coaches who offer sports and activities tuition. The school is a major feeder to Wellington College and is part of the Wellington Family of Schools. 

The school is located in some 30 acres of its own land, which are adjacent to the 400+ acres owned by Wellington College. The main building houses the Pre-Prep, dining, administration and boarding. There is a purpose-built classroom block housing 14 classrooms (each with a separate office) and another building housing three wonderful science labs and two prep rooms, an art room, food tech room and a recently refurbished library. The school has an all-weather pitch, covered swimming pool, outdoor learning zone and an amazing new Sports Hall and Performing Arts Centre. The grounds consist of 3 playing fields, 1 large enough for a full-size 400 metre athletics track. The school also has access to the sporting and academic facilities at Wellington College and some lovely woodland. Last year, we also opened a new Pre-Prep building and Music School.

The Learning Support department is situated in a suite of three rooms in the main teaching block. There are also two additional support rooms in the school. 

Details of the Post- The school is currently seeking a suitably qualified teacher to lead the Learning Support department. The candidate will preferably hold a Level 7 SpLD Diploma from an accredited organisation or the National SENCo Award. The role requires a sound knowledge and understanding of a range of learning differences such asdyslexia, ADHD, ASD, DCD and DLD.

Assessment 

• In conjunction with the Teaching & Learning Committee, identify pupils who may be struggling 

academically or who may be showing indications of a learning difference

• Carry out observations, collect evidence and make use of standardised testing to help ascertain needs

• Present findings to parents of any testing carried out and meet with them to offer advice and next steps 

• Refer parents to outside specialists such as Educational Psychologists, Speech & Language therapists as well as organisations such as CAMHS where necessary 

• Collate and complete questionnaires and provide information for external specialist assessments 

• Summarise the results of internal or external assessments in a SEND Summary (these documents provide staff with key information on a child’s needs including strengths, weaknesses and strategies to support them inside and outside the classroom). 

• If required, support applications for an EHCP by providing relevant paperwork

• Organise and implement suitable interventions including quality first teaching strategies, specific interventions such as English Plus or through enlisting the services of visiting specialists. 

• Review progress from interventions and manage the number of children accessing interventions based on severity of need

Teaching and Learning 

• As well as ensuring that quality first teaching is embedded within the classroom to support children with SEND, the role involves over-seeing a range of interventions. At present this includes: 

o English Plus – 1:1 lessons delivered by dyslexia specialists

o English Plus (EAL) – 1:1 lessons delivered by an EAL/dyslexia specialist

o Maths Booster group – carried out by the maths department

o Core Skills – small group support in English, maths and science instead of Latin

o Nessy Reading & Spelling and Nessy Fingers (touch typing) – 4 clubs per week

o EYFS and KS1 interventions include a range of individual and group interventions in phonics, literacy, maths, fine motor skills and speech & language (these are overseen by an SEN Lead for EYFS/KS1)

• Teach an allotted number of the above interventions

• Ensure the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) where specific targets are required

• Promote the use of assisted technology for pupils with SpLD 

• Work closely with Teaching & Learning Committee to make sure that the necessary arrangements are made to support pupils with access arrangements in both internal and external examinations. 

• Ensure all record keeping is kept up to date including the SEN Report, SEND Register, SEND Summaries, IEPs, Access Arrangements, policies and timetables. 

Communication

• Establish and maintain good working relationships with pupils, colleagues, parents, outside specialists and learning support departments in senior schools

• Report into and work closely with the Deputy Academic 

• Attend weekly meetings with the Teaching and Learning Committee and Pastoral Care Group 

• Meet regularly with the SEND Lead in the Pre-Prep 

• Work closely with the Admissions team regarding children applying with SpLD or who have needs which require support.

• Work closely with the future schools’ team with regards to senior school choices for SEND pupils

• Liaise with senior schools over access arrangements in pre-tests and examinations as well as ‘handing over’ key information when children transfer to their next school

• Be available to all colleagues for advice and support in regard to SEND

• Continue Eagle House’s participation in a SEND Forum of other local prep schools Department Development

• Ensure that an annual development plan is in place and followed

• Lead the Learning support department effectively 

• Disseminate good practice of SEND across the school and provide training opportunities as required

• Keep up to date with new SEND initiatives and advise others, where appropriate

• Manage the department budget and resources

Personnel Management

• Manage the learning support team and their continuing professional development

• Take part in the recruitment and appointment within the department of new staff, staff deployment, timetabling, new staff induction, mentoring, staff reviews and professional development

Whole School

• As a full-time member of staff, you will also be expected to carry out day duties and to contribute to the wider life of the school

Personal Specification

The candidate needs to:

• have the relevant qualifications and experience to be able to carry out the role

• be reliable, loyal, trustworthy and have high levels of discretion and diplomacy

• be self-motivated and well organised

• have excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

• be highly organised and have the ability to prioritise a complex workload

• have varied interests and a willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school

• understand the needs of a prep school and have an appreciation of the wider picture

• be committed to the ethos of a day/boarding school

• be computer literate

• have a good sense of humour

Terms and Conditions
Full involvement in the life of this busy and high achieving day/boarding school is expected of all staff.

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate and according to the Eagle House Scale.

There is a generous fee remission for children of teaching staff at Eagle House. 

Applications Process

Candidates should provide a letter of application and a completed application form with supporting documents. You may also include a curriculum vitae. Completed applications should be received by Friday 13th May. It is anticipated that interviews will take place the following week.

Applications should be sent to: Lisa Rutland
Headmaster’s Secretary
Eagle House 
Sandhurst
Berkshire
GU47 8PH
By telephone: 01344 772134 
By email: [email protected]
 

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