The Halley Academy
April 29, 2021
Job Type
Short Summary
We have an opportunity for a Director of Inclusion (SENCO) to make an impact in our academy
Leadership Pay Scale commensurate with experience
Working Pattern
Full time
Closing Date
May 13, 2021


About the role: Inclusion lies at the very heart of The Halley Academy. We have a rare and exciting opportunity for an experienced Director of Inclusion (SENCO) to make an impact in our academy, Leigh Academies Trust and the local community. In this role, you will lead a team responsible for fostering the academic, social, physical and moral development of students in the academy.  

In this strategic role you will lead, develop and support effective practice for children with special and additional educational needs, including the development of all teachers across the academy to provide ‘quality first’ teaching. As the successful candidate you will promote the academy ethos, vision, policies and procedures, carefully monitor student progress, as well as ensure all statutory processes are correctly delivered.

In recognition of the importance and scope of this role within the academy, you will have a small teaching commitment. As the successful candidate, you will be expected to model, advise and impact on outstanding classroom practice particularly in relation to inclusion. In order to deliver excellent outcomes, you will: 

  • work with engaging students who are keen to learn;
  • lead and manage a well-established SEN team;
  • work closely with an academy leadership team with a strong inclusive ethos; 
  • have access to high quality professional development opportunities.

The Halley Academy has a Designated Special Provision (DSP) for up to 16 students whose primary need on their EHC plan is identified as ASD. Students are supported by specialist staff within bespoke provision comprising four classrooms, each with direct access to a sensory room. It also has its own kitchen area to develop life skills, changing room and a training room. Students have access to their own open learning and recreational space, separate from those accessed by other students within the academy.  ​​​​​​​

Click here to read more about our Designated Special Provision.  

Inclusive education is also at the core of Leigh Academies Trust. As well as the DSP at The Halley Academy, the Trust has eight specialist resource provisions covering a wide range of needs, and Milestone Academy a special academy for 320 pupils with severe and complex needs. In addition, the Trust has its own team of educational psychologists supporting all academies. In this role, you will play a leading role within the team of SENCOs across the Trust, contribute to the work of the SEN Drive Team and the regular TLC forum.

What are we looking for in you?  As the successful candidate you will be a qualified teacher with experience of SEN related responsibilities, policy and practice preferably with experience within the secondary age range. You will also have completed the National SENCO Award.  You will be passionate and knowledgeable about this area of education and possess the relevant leadership and managerial skills to ensure successful inclusion throughout the academy and share best practice across the Trust and the local authority.

As the ideal candidate, you will:

  • hold the National SENCO Award;
  • consistently ensure that all students achieve their full potential;
  • lead, motivate and inspire others;
  • advise staff about best practice and model this where appropriate;
  • be an innovative, creative and strategic thinker;
  • demonstrate a proactive and collaborative approach to working with others, within your current school and beyond;
  • work under pressure whilst remaining highly organised;
  • analyse data effectively to identify and track the progress of individual and groups of SEN students;
  • use data to inform highly effective strategies which enable rapid student progress;
  • have excellent leadership and management skills;
  • be committed to The Halley Academy’s ethos, vision and values;
  • have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of students and their families.

Responsibilities will include:

  • taking a strategic overview of the curriculum design and implementation for SEN students;
  • participating in support designed to ensure students with special educational needs (SEN) achieve success;
  • ensuring the needs of all students with SEN are met and that they are supported to make excellent progress;
  • training, advising and supporting leaders, class teachers and support staff, enabling them to offer high-quality provision;
  • co-ordinating the Academy’s responsibilities during the statutory assessment process, with a view to ensuring that students with a high level of need obtain an Education, Health and Care Plan;
  • advising and supporting the parents of students on the SEN Register.

Working with The Halley Academy: The Halley Academy has a long and illustrious heritage being the first purpose-built comprehensive in the UK in the 1950s. We became part of Leigh Academies Trust in March 2018, a highly successful multi-academy trust offering a wealth of opportunities to all of its staff and students to collaborate, develop and grow.

The Halley is a dynamic academy and our curriculum delivers an education of excellence for all. We offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme at Key Stage 5 and are a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme in Key Stage 3. Our STEM provision develops critical thinking skills, creativity and innovation across the curriculum and we are in a privileged position to be registered to deliver the T Level programme at Key Stage 5 from 2023 in a brand new Engineering and Design Centre (due to open in September 2021).  As part of our Digital Strategy, each student has their own Chromebook which is used as a tool for learning and to prepare them to participate in the ever-evolving technological world.

We are a diverse community where everyone is valued, respected and trusted and where we all work together to achieve and celebrate success. Our students are at the centre of the academy community and thrive within a culture of high aspiration, with no cap on ambition, so that they gain the knowledge, qualification and skills to afford successful, fulfilling and happy adult lives.

Staff are reflective and committed practitioners who believe in collaboration and self-improvement.  We have weekly ring-fenced time on Wednesday afternoons for our comprehensive CPD programme, tailored to the aspirations and interests of the individual, and have extensive expertise both within the Academy and across the Trust to support in its delivery.

The wellbeing of our students and staff lies at the heart of our work: we know that when our school community is happy and fulfilled, they achieve their best. Our dedicated staff are the most important factor in transforming lives and delivering the best outcomes for every student. The academy has a space dedicated to staff wellbeing and relaxation and offers a range of exercise and participation opportunities for our staff team.

We are seeking to appoint talented and ambitious individuals with a tenacious mind-set to join The Halley Academy from September 2021

Being a part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2020, our Trust will comprise 28 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 15 primaries and 2 special) educating over 16,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. We also have one further secondary academy in the development phase, due to open in September 2021. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. Click here to view our future plans in our Vision 2025 document.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19: Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months. This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments. Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities will vary. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team -

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.

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