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SENDCo - The Downley School

Location: High Wycombe

Overview

Due to the career progression of our current SENDCo, The Downley School, are looking for a part time SENDCo to take up post in September 2023. This is a key part time role (60%) within the school and we are prepared to negotiate how the hours are worked (within reason) should you be the right person for this post.

A message from The Downley School Pupils:

We are looking for a new wonderful caring SENDCo to come and join our school.  Our school is a happy place and we need a new SENDCo to come and work with us.

Our school has great things such as a dell, a new library and an imagination studio!

We would love to be able to show you around our school, so please come and visit – we think you will love it as much as we do!

Job Salary    Main Pay Scale / UPS depending on experience

Contract Type    A permanent position on satisfactory completion of probation period

Hours  Part Time (0.6) 

We are prepared to negotiate how the hours are worked (within reason) if you are the right person for this post. 

Closing  Date for Applications    Applications will be considered upon receipt and the school reserves the right to withdraw the advert should suitable candidates be found by the closing date Monday 19th June 2023

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews may be offered before the closing date so early submissions are advised

Interviews will take place Thursday 22nd June2023

About us

The Downley School is a 2 form entry primary school offering the very best learning opportunities for our children in a Chilterns village setting of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A warm and friendly atmosphere pervades throughout the whole school as everyone feels extremely fortunate to be a part of this exciting, progressive, and caring community.

The Downley school is entering an exciting new phase in its development and we are looking for a talented and inspirational SENDCo to join our happy and supportive team. The Academy Trust the school is due to join (ODBST) places a firm focus on the mental health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff.  The school has undergone a significant transformation in the past 12 months and we are looking for a SENDCo who can work with the existing team to continue to move the school forward.

The school is set in wonderful grounds and has excellent resources including a dedicated woodland outdoor learning area, a yurt, an imagination suite and plenty of indoor space.  Visits to the school are actively encouraged and we firmly believe that you will be surprised by what you see.  We would welcome the opportunity to show you around our school and answer any questions you may have.

www.downley.bucks.sch.uk 

About the role

The Downley School seeks to appoint an enthusiastic, motivated and inspirational, SENDCo to join our wonderful and diverse school. The school has a big heart and places a firm focus on the mental health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff. You will be dedicated to promoting the best possible outcomes for pupils with SEND.

You must be a strong team player, with an ability to build strong relationships with adults and children. The SENDCo is a crucial member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for all aspects of leading and managing SEND including analysing data and supporting planning, implementation of interventions and strategies and ensuring that our pupils are fully integrated into the wider school. You must be resilient and hardworking; SENDCo is a challenging job and whilst every effort is made to provide a supportive environment and a manageable workload, the job is still demanding.

Whilst this is a part-time, non-class based role, there will be an expectation to lead and model intervention groups. 

We can offer you:

  • Enthusiastic and motivated children
  • A supportive and caring environment to work in, with a dedicated senior leadership team.
  • An encouraging environment to help you grow as a professional.
  • A fantastic teaching team to work alongside and learn from.
  • Caring and inclusive school with supportive, enthusiastic, and dedicated colleagues, Trust and parents.
  • A commitment to high quality professional development
  • A welcoming and well-resourced environment
  • Timely support and an opportunity to develop within the ODBST family of schools.

About you

Qualifications, Training and Experience

    Have QTS.
    Be educated to degree level.
    Have extensive experience in the primary age range.
    At least 12 months experience working as a school SENDCo (with relevant SENDCo qualifications)
OR
    A commitment to achieve a fully funded National Award in Special Educational Needs within three years of appointment if having less than 12 months experience.    

    Evidence of ongoing personal professional development
    Experience of teaching in a primary school 
    Have achieved a National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination. 
    Relevant safeguarding and child protection training undertaken 

Knowledge, skills and experience    

    Experience of working with pupils with SEND, and pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties. 
    Experience working alongside an SLT to develop the quality of the curriculum and learning activities. 
    Experience co-ordinating provision for children with SEND (this may have been within your classroom) 
    Sound knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and its application. 
    Sound knowledge of the graduated approach to providing SEN support. 
    Experience of behaviour management techniques for groups and individuals with SEND. 
    A good understanding of the principles of school improvement. 
    Experience working effectively with colleagues to improve classroom practice. 
    Experience utilising and analysing effective assessment systems and recording and maintaining pupil records.    

    Experience liaising with a range of people, agencies, and professionals including, the parents of pupils, the LA and other providers. 
    Demonstrate a greater understanding of how pupils with SEND develop. 
    Demonstrate a sound understanding of SEND funding on offer. 
    Experience in making reasonable adjustments and access arrangements for pupils with SEND.

Communication and Team Working

    Communicate effectively in speech and in writing when working with children, and when communicating with parents, other staff and governors where appropriate
    Able to inspire trust and confidence amongst others
    Able to work effectively as a member of a team     

Management and Organisation

    Ability to prioritise and meet whole school deadlines
    Ability to lead others to effectively to meet the needs of SEND children
    Consistent in modelling good practice and behaviour.    

    Awareness of links between the school and local community

Professional Qualities    

    Have the confidence to act upon one’s own initiative and to be proactive
    Confidently and calmly deal with a range of situations employing diplomacy and confidentiality, when appropriate
    Recognise when to seek advice and support where necessary.
    Commitment to equal opportunities for all pupils and staff    

    Ability to think creatively and to be able to anticipate and solve problems

Other information

Starting Salary: Main Pay Scale / UPS depending on experience

This is a part time role (60%) and we are prepared to negotiate how the hours are worked (within reason) if you are the right person for this post.

To apply for this position please complete the application form and include a covering letter / supporting statement of no more than one page of A4 typed text in size 12 font.

A job description and person specification is attached to this advert.

For further information or for an informal discussion about this position please email sbm@thedownleyschool.co.uk

Applications will be considered upon receipt and the school reserves the right to withdraw the advert should suitable candidates be found by the closing date Monday 22nd May 2023 5pm

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews may be offered before the closing date so early submissions are advised

Interviews will take place 24th/25th May 

Completed applications should be sent to sbm@thedownleyschool.co.uk 

The Downley School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to provide an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

                                                                                             

Class Teacher - The Downley School

Location: High Wycombe

Overview

The Downley school is entering an exciting new phase in its development and we are looking for a talented and inspirational class teacher(s) to join our happy and supportive team.

The post/s can be in KS1 or KS2 depending on the candidate’s experience.

Job Salary: Main Pay Scale / UPS depending on experience

Contract Type: A permanent position on satisfactory completion of probation period or ECT induction period.

Hours: Full Time

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 19th June 2023 - Completed applications should be sent to sbm@thedownleyschool.co.uk 

Interviews: These are due to take place Thursday 22nd June 

About us

The Downley School is a large primary school offering the very best learning opportunities for our children in a Chilterns village setting of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A warm and friendly atmosphere pervades throughout the whole school as everyone feels extremely fortunate to be a part of this exciting, progressive, and caring community.

The school is well resourced, and facilities include a dedicated woodland outdoor learning area, a yurt, an imagination suite and plenty of indoor space.  We would welcome the opportunity to show you around our school and answer any questions you may have.

The Academy Trust the school is hoping to join (ODBST) places a firm focus on the mental health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff.  The school has undergone a significant transformation in the past 12 months and we are looking for teachers who can work with the existing team to continue to move the school forward.

We can offer you:

  • Enthusiastic and motivated children
  • A supportive and caring environment to work in, with a dedicated senior leadership team.
  • A focus on ensuring your workload is manageable.
  • An encouraging environment to help you grow as a professional and nurture your wellbeing.
  • A fantastic teaching team to work alongside and learn from.
  • A curriculum that is supported and designed specifically for our pupils
  • Caring and inclusive schools with supportive, enthusiastic, and dedicated colleagues, Trust and parents.
  • A commitment to high quality professional development, including Early Career Development
  • A welcoming and well-resourced environment
  • An opportunity to develop within the ODBST family of schools.

www.downley.bucks.sch.uk

About the role

Under the direction of the Headteacher and other Senior Leaders, the role will consist of:

• Building an effective and strong relationships with pupils
• Creating a purposeful, supportive and nurturing learning environment 
• Identifying clear teaching objectives and specify how they will be taught and addressed 
• Setting tasks which will challenge pupils and sustain their interest 
• Setting clear targets building on prior attainment 
• Identifying and planning for children with special educational needs 
• Providing clear structures for lessons, maintaining pace, motivation and challenge 
• Making effective use of assessment and ensure coverage of programs of study 
• Leading  a curriculum area either individually or as part of a team 

For further details, please view the attached job description.

 

About you

You must be a strong team player, with an ability to build strong relationships with adults and children. You must be resilient and hardworking, teaching is a challenging job and whilst every effort is made to provide a supportive environment and a manageable workload, the job is still demanding.

You must be willing to look beyond what is on the prescribed curriculum, we need a teacher who is motivated, creative and inspired, with the ability to transfer these skills to our wonderful pupils.

The successful candidate will be:

  • Looking to become or already an exemplary primary class teacher with a passion for teaching and learning
  • Willing to teach across the whole primary range including Early Years
  • Pro-active in their approach to raising standards
  • Someone who has high expectations of all children
  • Eager to develop your skills and experience
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Someone with an excellent sense of humour and a sense of fun
  • Someone who is willing to go the extra mile

Further information can be found in the attached person specification.

Other information

Visits to the school are actively encouraged and we firmly believe that you will be surprised by what you see.  The school is set in wonderful grounds and has excellent resources.  Our children are excited to show prospective teachers around our school. 

To apply for this position please complete the application form and include a covering letter / supporting statement of no more than one page of A4 typed text in size 12 font.

Completed applications should be sent to sbm@thedownleyschool.co.uk by the closing date on Monday 22nd May 2023 5pm.

The Downley School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to provide an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • All unspent convictions and conditional cautions
  • All spent convictions and adult cautions that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

For further information on filtering please refer to Nacro guidance and the guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice (see, in particular, the section titled ‘Exceptions Order’).

It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete self-disclosure form and return prior to interview.

                                                                                             

Teaching Assistant - The Downley School

Location: High Wycombe

Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for applicants with the right training, experience, and skills to be a part of our school team. The school is undergoing a period of change so this is an exciting time to join our team. The Downley School will be joining ODBST in the near future which will bring further opportunities.

We are recruiting Teaching Assistants to support children with specific needs on a one-to-one basis, and to support children’s learning in class. The school our looking for support staff members to become part of newly formed team and move the school to the next part of its journey. The school is a happy place to work with supportive staff, governors and parents and wonderful pupils who want to learn! There are regular opportunities to attend LSA meetings and undertake additional training including progression to teacher training in the future.

All our teaching assistants work alongside our qualified teachers to support learning – whether supporting individual children, providing administrative and welfare support, teaching small groups, supervising children at play or lunchtimes and much more!

Term time only: Yes

Salary Type: Bucks pay

Salary details: Range 1 or 2 depending on skills and experience

Contract type: Fixed Term contract until July 2023

Hours: 8.30am - 15.30pm, Monday to Friday

Closing date: 17.04.2023

Interviews to be held: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews may be offered before the closing date so early submissions are advised

About us

The Downley School is a large primary school offering the very best learning opportunities for our children in a Chilterns village setting of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A warm and friendly atmosphere pervades throughout the whole school as everyone feels extremely fortunate to be a part of this exciting, progressive, and caring community.

The school is well resourced, and facilities include a dedicated woodland outdoor learning area, a yurt, an imagination suite and plenty of indoor space.  We would welcome the opportunity to show you around our school and answer any questions you may have.

www.downley.bucks.sch.uk 

About the role

- To work under the guidance of the class teacher to support teaching and learning in the classroom, including support for specific named children

- To provide general support to the class teacher in the management and organisation of the pupils and the classroom, and specifically for named children

- To assist the teacher in creating and maintaining a purposeful, orderly, and supportive learning environment

- To promote the inclusion of all pupils ensuring they have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop (including working 1:1 to support children with special educational needs)

- To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school

About you

Essential

A good level of secondary education including Maths and English GCSE or equivalent

Experience of working alongside individual or groups of children

Desirable

Relevant Level 3 qualification or better

Experience of working in a school as a member of staff or volunteer

Evidence of participation in school or setting based training and development

Training relating to Special Educational Needs (for example, Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Attention Deficit Disorder, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties)

Current First Aid Certificate

Team Teach (or comparable physical intervention) training

Experience as a Teaching Assistant in a school setting

Experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs

 

Personal Qualities

An understanding of the needs of young children, including those with special educational needs

Knowledge of child development and the ways in which children learn

Knowledge of behaviour management strategies

Effective communicator with children

Able to work well as part of a team and to get on with people

Other information

Visits to the school are warmly welcome. To arrange a visit or to find out more about the role, please contact our school office on the number below.

Please send completed application forms to the email address below.

Tel No: 01494 527033
Email: sbm@thedownleyschool.co.uk

At The Downley School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.


The Downley School is committed to safeguarding and welfare of all our pupils. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to provide an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.