• Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/490/27583
  • Published: Fri 23/09/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 12/10/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Full Time Teacher Hours - 32.4 per week
  • Salary: £25714 - £41604 + TLR2a
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Mile Oak Primary School, Portslade

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Job introduction

Paid weeks per year: 52

Start date: January 2023

We are looking to appoint an inspirational, skilled and highly motivated SENDCo who will lead SEND across the school. This is a perfect opportunity for a dynamic and talented leader, with a proven track record of raising achievement and improving outcomes for pupils with SEND, aligned with a school vision.

About the role

Mile Oak Primary School is a large school in Portslade with 422 pupils on roll. We have been on a rapidly improving school journey over the last four years and following a successful Ofsted inspection, we are now at the stage of refining our development work across the school. We believe that relationships are the key to all children experiencing success and this is underpinned by the highest expectations of learning and behaviour. All staff share the collective responsibility of ensuring that every child thrives, succeeds and has their individual needs met.

You will need to share our core vision of thinking big and the school values of ambition, courage, pride and respect. The successful candidate will have a clear vision for SEND education and possess the skills to lead school development. This role will involve leading and managing the delivery of exemplary SEND provision in order to ensure that all pupils are supported to achieve their full potential.

Our new SENDCo will:

  • Drive the schools vision and values in relation to SEND.
  • Play an active part in whole school evaluation and school development planning for SEND.
  • Lead, manage and monitor the SEND budgets including strategic delegation of internal and external resources in order to drive standards and secure good value for money.
  • Model and disseminate high quality targeted teaching to diminish differences and work closely with staff.
  • Work under pressure and prioritise time and tasks appropriately, whilst meeting deadlines.
  • Develop effective strategies to bridge barriers to learning through the Graduated Approach (Assess, Plan, Do, Review).
  • Analyse data and act on it appropriately to ensure all targeted pupils make progress and have improved outcomes.
  • Have the ability to build strong and effective working relationships with the senior leadership team, wider staff, outside agencies, the local authority and parents.
  • Hold the National SENCO Award, or be working towards it, unless qualified through performing the role of SENCO prior to and since September 2009.
  • Manage the extended forest school and nurture provisions that support high needs children across the school.
  • Identify learning needs and referring children to the relevant agencies.
  • Organising progress plans and annual review meetings.
  • Promoting inclusive practice and producing appropriate CPD to staff.

In turn, we offer you:

  • Enthusiastic and caring pupils who are motivated to learn, thrive and be inspired.
  • An inclusive school that is proud to support the community.
  • An excellent range of professional development opportunities.
  • An incredibly talented, committed and supportive staff team.
  • A positive, exciting and motivating school environment.
  • A supportive and knowledgeable Governing body.
  • A well-resourced school with fantastic facilities and outdoor learning environment.
  •  A school vison that is ambitious for all.

Our Website and social media pages provide a wealth of information and we strongly encourage visiting the school.

To arrange an informal conversation with the Headteacher, Luke Lording, or to arrange a visit, please contact Lynne Szkolar, School Business Manager on 01273 077114 or  

Closing date: Midday, Wednesday 12th October 

Shortlisting: Thursday 13th October

Interview date: Week commencing 17th October

How to apply: Completed application forms accepted by email/post to the school office: Graham Avenue, Portslade, BN41 2WN,      

Telephone: 01273 077114


Additional information

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.


Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

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The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Brighton & Hove Schools do not accept CV or resume.

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