Assistant Principal: SENCO

Harris Academy Clapham

Assistant Principal: SENCO

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Harris Academy Clapham, Poynders Parade, Lambeth

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Onsite working

Posted 6 days ago, 15 May | Get your application in now to be included in the first week's applications.

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 09908e88f6ee4fc1aa7a69355f54749f

Full Job Description

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, skilled and knowledgeable Assistant Principal SENCO. This is part of the next wave of staff recruitment as our Academy grows and takes on its final cohort of students in September 2024, taking us to full capacity.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a growing Academy, where you will be highly supported by both the Academy team and the wider Harris Federation. As the Academy grows to full capacity there is a wide range of opportunities for future career progression.

About Us

The vision of Harris Academy Clapham is a simple one. From our opening in September 2020, our academy is a place where 'everything is possible'.

The Clapham curriculum is designed to meet the needs, aspirations and abilities of every one of our students. Our aim is to improve their life chances and enable them to make a positive contribution to the city and world in which they live.

At Harris Clapham, the curriculum is delivered through high-quality teaching. This is codified in our research-informed approach to pedagogy, which we call the Clapham Way. The following principles apply in our curriculum:

  • Subject specific knowledge and skills come first

  • Embedding and building on the basics - ensuring that every student acquires the vocabulary, literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to fully participate in society

  • The curriculum must be rigorous and relevant by engaging with the best of what has been thought and said and acknowledging that knowledge is fluid and can be contested

  • The curriculum must prepare for life in modern Britain and beyond, and enable Clapham students to understand their rights and fulfil their responsibilities under the Equality Act.


  • Through the Clapham academic, enrichment and pastoral curriculum we expect our students to develop powerful knowledge and the following values and character attributes that will enable them to achieve our vision that 'Everything is Possible'.

    Endeavour for excellence
  • Learning to work hard and relish challenge.

  • Learning to never give up.

  • Learning to take sensible risks.

  • Learning to always strive for the best for themselves and each other.


  • Integrity and honesty
  • Always acting with kindness.

  • Treating others the way they would like to be treated.


  • Self-belief with a global view
  • Growing to have the agency to achieve their ambitions for themselves and the wider world.


  • Our staff are supported in their work and in developing their future careers via:
  • A centralised behaviour system, with each year group supported by non-teaching pastoral leaders

  • A programme of instructional coaching, supported by the Step Lab platform

  • Access to a wide range of National Professional Qualifications delivered by the Institute of Teaching

  • Federation subject consultant support

  • Harris Federation professional development training days and networking support.


  • Main Areas of Responsibility

    The purpose of your role will be:
  • To ensure that Academy practice is compliant with the SEND Code of Practice (2014) and other relevant statutory requirements

  • To work with the Academy Leadership team ensuring an ethos of Inclusion within the Academy and a culture of high aspirations for students with SEND

  • To work with the Academy Leadership team ensuring the implementation of the Academy SEND Policy

  • To ensure that the provision of SEND support is in accordance with the aims of the Academy and curricular policies

  • To be responsible for maintaining an accurate and up-to-date Academy SEND Profile

  • To be responsible for the accurate identification of SEND need across the Academy, ensuring a rigorous and thorough assessment process

  • To be a role model with regard to Quality First Teaching and differentiation within your own teaching practice

  • To be responsible for the embedding of Quality First Teaching across the Academy

  • To be responsible for the Academy SEND Offer, ensuring high quality targeted interventions enabling students with SEND to make better progress

  • In consultation with the Academy Leadership Team, to provide a programme of professional development with regard to SEND, that ensures all staff have the knowledge, skills and understanding to plan teaching and learning effectively and enable students with SEND to make expected progress

  • To be responsible for tracking the progress of students with SEND, using a wide range of Academy data relating to progress, attainment, referrals, exclusions, detentions and attendance to identify barriers to learning

  • To deploy staff and resources according to the needs of SEND students

  • To write a termly report to the Governing body on progress and developments


  • Qualifications & Experience

    We would like to hear from you if you have:
  • QTS (or equivalent) and a good undergraduate degree

  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development relevant to the SENCO role or willingness to undertake this training.

  • Knowledge and understanding of national priorities, current curriculum development and an ability to design and implement an innovate curriculum based on students' needs

  • A thorough understanding of quality assurance techniques

  • An appreciation of student motivation

  • An understanding of how professional development contributes to the raising of quality

  • SEN experience in a secondary school

  • Evidence of successful teaching experience

  • Evidence of pastoral experience

  • Experience of working with key stakeholders such as parents, governors, employers etc


  • For a full job description and person specification, please download the Job Pack.

    Professional Development & Benefits

    Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level.

    In addition to the opportunities for career development and progression, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions, a Wellbeing Cash Plan, electric car scheme, 26 days' annual leave (plus bank holidays) for staff who work across the full year, and many other benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our website.

    Safeguarding Notice

    The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, references, an online search, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed.

    We would like to hear from you if you have:
  • QTS (or equivalent) and a good undergraduate degree

  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development relevant to the SENCO role or willingness to undertake this training.

  • Knowledge and understanding of national priorities, current curriculum development and an ability to design and implement an innovate curriculum based on students' needs

  • A thorough understanding of quality assurance techniques

  • An appreciation of student motivation

  • An understanding of how professional development contributes to the raising of quality

  • SEN experience in a secondary school

  • Evidence of successful teaching experience

  • Evidence of pastoral experience

  • Experience of working with key stakeholders such as parents, governors, employers etc

    The vision of Harris Academy Clapham is a simple one. From our opening in September 2020, our academy is a place where 'everything is possible'.


  • The Clapham curriculum is designed to meet the needs, aspirations and abilities of every one of our students. Our aim is to improve their life chances and enable them to make a positive contribution to the city and world in which they live.

    At Harris Clapham, the curriculum is delivered through high-quality teaching. This is codified in our research-informed approach to pedagogy, which we call the Clapham Way. The following principles apply in our curriculum:
  • Subject specific knowledge and skills come first

  • Embedding and building on the basics - ensuring that every student acquires the vocabulary, literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to fully participate in society

  • The curriculum must be rigorous and relevant by engaging with the best of what has been thought and said and acknowledging that knowledge is fluid and can be contested

  • The curriculum must prepare for life in modern Britain and beyond, and enable Clapham students to understand their rights and fulfil their responsibilities under the Equality Act.

    Endeavour for excellence

  • Learning to work hard and relish challenge.

  • Learning to never give up.

  • Learning to take sensible risks.

  • Learning to always strive for the best for themselves and each other.


  • Integrity and honesty
  • Always acting with kindness.

  • Treating others the way they would like to be treated.


  • Self-belief with a global view
  • Growing to have the agency to achieve their ambitions for themselves and the wider world.


  • Our staff are supported in their work and in developing their future careers via:
  • A centralised behaviour system, with each year group supported by non-teaching pastoral leaders

  • A programme of instructional coaching, supported by the Step Lab platform

  • Access to a wide range of National Professional Qualifications delivered by the Institute of Teaching

  • Federation subject consultant support

  • Harris Federation professional development training days and networking support., In addition to the opportunities for career development and progression, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions, a Wellbeing Cash Plan, electric car scheme, 26 days' annual leave (plus bank holidays) for staff who work across the full year, and many other benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our website.