• Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

    Job ID
    2019-1335
    Section / Function
    British Primary Section
    Type
    Contract
    Location Site
    European Primary Campus (EPC) - FuGuo Lu
  • Overview

    In the British Primary Section at Taipei European School, the SENCO has responsibility for ensuring that the specific learning needs provision is provided in an efficient and effective manner. The SENCO liaises with and manages a team that includes a Learning Support Teacher and eight Learning Support Assistants to ensure that all student needs are met. This is in collaboration with other staff members including class teachers, the school counsellor, EAL teachers, and the leadership team. The role will provide professional guidance in the area of special education in order to secure appropriate provision for the students.

     

    Application Procedure/Timeline
    If you are excited by this opportunity, please complete our application form online and where you will also be asked to upload your CV and a Covering Letter in which you share your experience and enthusiasm for the role.
    Your application should consist of:
    1) A completed application form and supporting statement.
    2) A covering letter and CV.
    As an employer committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, it is necessary that when completing your application form there are no gaps shown in your career history. Any breaks of service must be accounted for.

    Application deadline:
    (CST) 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 31 January 2020.

     

    Safer Recruitment
    Taipei European School is an equal opportunities employer and is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. Any job offer is subject to the receipt of two supervisory references (including current employer) and current and previous Police Checks.

    Responsibilities

    • Ensure that the needs of all identified pupils are met and that they are supported to make good progress 
    • Manage and support the additional learning needs department
    • In collaboration with the senior leadership team, determine the strategic development of the ALN department in addition to updating the policy and provision
    • Plan and deliver support lessons according to the specific additional learning needs of the students
    • Liaise with the TES Educational Psychologist and other outside agencies
    • Consult with the admissions department on incoming students and identify a student’s needs
    • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students and colleagues 
    • Provide professional guidance to staff and  to ensure that they are informed of student’s individual needs and know how to support those with additional learning needs in the classroom this includes providing relevant strategies and accommodations
    • Create and maintain positive partnerships with parents of students identified additional learning needs, ensuring regular communication
    • Understand  all School Policies, especially Child Protection  and safeguarding
    • Maintain the Additional Learning Needs Register and using data monitor progress
    • Liaise with the school counsellor, EAL teachers and any other relevant support staff as and when appropriate to ensure all support services are working collaboratively 
    • Be responsible for the day to day operation of the department including the implementation of the Additional Learning Needs policy 
    • Be proficient in the use of IT for supporting pupils 
    • Lead the process of IEP writing in collaboration with teachers and parents
    • Contribute to whole staff professional development 
    • Keep up to date with research and new developments with regards to additional learning needs
    • Assess and observe, using a range of assessments where appropriate
    • Ensure the department is appropriately and adequately resourced and manage a budget effectively

    Qualifications

    • Degree and Qualified teacher status 
    • Some additional professional development in special educational needs (National Award for SEN co-ordination is desirable)
    • Experience leading an additional learning needs department or experience of  being part of an innovative additional learning support team   

    EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:

    • Experience of teaching across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with evidence of having achieved successful pupil outcomes 
    • Knowledge and understanding of how children learn 
    • A sound grasp of the concept of inclusive practice 
    • Good knowledge of  the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 
    • Experience of working closely with parents in successful home-school partnerships that supports pupils’ needs 
    • Knowledge of issues relating to equal opportunities; multi-cultural education and personal and social education  
    • Some knowledge and experience of using basic diagnostic tests 
    • Knowledge of current educational issues
    • Experience conducting training and leading professional development

    SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

    • Skilled at making and sustaining positive relationships with children 
    • Able to stimulate children’s interest in learning 
    • Able to work closely with pupils who are finding learning difficult
    • Able to work closely with other adults, offering them practical advice and strategies that assist them to overcome problems relating to the teaching of pupils with special educational needs 
    • Skilled at developing children’s self-esteem and motivation so that they become resilient, independent learners 
    • Capable of planning intervention work, assessing the needs and achievements of children and maintaining appropriate records  
    • Able to work closely with members of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 teams, and the wider school community, in the development of the provision for pupils  and the curriculum as a whole 
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills

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