Ark Blacklands Primary Academy

    Assistant SENCo

    Location: Hastings

    £36,838-£48,390 M4 – UPS


    Part time – 0.6 FTE

    Start date:
    April 2024

    Closing date:
    Sunday 18 th February Midday

    Wednesday 21 st February 2024

    About the role:

    Staff and children at Ark Blacklands would like to appoint a new Assistant SENCo to join our three-form entry primary school in the heart of Hastings. We offer a nurturing, creative and welcoming environment with high expectations for all.

    The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and inspirational Assistant SENCo with high expectations of themselves, their colleagues, and their pupils. The candidate will need to work in partnership with the SENCo to deliver the school’s SEND policy. The candidate will ensure provision of high-quality teaching for children with additional needs.

    Responsibilities will include liaising with the SENCo to identify children who would benefit from referrals to outside agencies (such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and specialist teachers) and complete these referrals, including carrying out screenings and assessments, assisting the SENCo in managing and monitoring provision mapping and the SEN register. To assist the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in monitoring the progress of and provision for individuals or groups of children with SEND. See Job description for full specification.

    The school offers a friendly, hardworking, and professional environment, wonderful children, and supportive parents. Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is committed to developing its staff and you will benefit from excellent CPD opportunities.

    Ideal candidates will:

    • Be a qualified teacher with the knowledge and experience of teaching pupils with special educational and behavioural needs.
    • Have experience of leading and managing staff in developing and implementing effective provision for vulnerable pupils.
    • Be a rigorous and committed professional who is ambitious for the school and its pupils.
    • Remain resilient through challenges.
    • Have a good knowledge of Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.
    • Have the interpersonal skills necessary to inspire and lead others.
    • Have the capacity to develop and promote our vision for inclusion.

    View the full job description and person specification Asst SENCo JDPS.docx

    About our school:

    Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is an Outstanding primary school located near the 109-acre Alexandra Park. We recently celebrated having among the best SATs results in the area. We are a successful, popular primary school with excellent facilities and a dedicated staff committed to improving outcomes for all children.

    We are a large and popular school with a new intake each year of 3 forms: 90 pupils in each year group, from reception through to year 6. Despite this, our staff work exceptionally hard to get to know each pupil and provide them with the very best care.

    As part of the Ark schools’ network, we are committed to making sure that every child has access to a great education and real choices in life. We know that great schools need great staff, which is why we offer you the very best training and support at every stage of your career.

    Find out more by visiting .

    We offer:

    Find out more about the benefits by visiting

    How to apply:

    Please select the role you are applying for on and submit your application by the deadline.

    Interested in this exciting opportunity? Please contact Natalie Rankin, Principal to arrange an informal chat or a visit to the school.

    Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.

    Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands, or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link .

    • A school and Academy Trust which is truly values driven.
    • A wonderful, talented staff team to work alongside.
    • Incredible children: we are proud of our unique and diverse school community.
    • Comprehensive CPD – we offer twice as many training days as standard.
    • Access to health packages, discounts at major retailers, travel loans and other benefits, through the Ark Rewards scheme.
    • Opportunity to apply for international exchanges and other scholarship prospects.

    Previous articleMaths Teacher
    Next articleGlobal Network Tax Manager