Trust SENDco Autumn 2021

Salary        Middle Leader Leadership scale A L1 - 3 (£45,542 - £47,676 FTE)

Hours         Part / Full Time, 3-5 days

Contract         Permanent

Start Date        a.s.a.p or 01 January 2022


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, experienced and child-centred SENCO to join our successful and dedicated Inclusion Team at LEO Academy Trust.  We are looking to appoint a full time SENDCo who will join our central team and support across all of our academies and when required to also work as a SENDCo in academies. 

The ideal candidate will play a key role in supporting the Trust’s vision. They will work alongside the Director for Inclusion and the SENDCo’s in each academy to maintain and fully develop excellence in every aspect of the Academies’ operation. They will be committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND makes excellent progress, through access to high quality provision.

This person will be an excellent practitioner as a SENDCo within a school and support other SENDCo’s to provide the best possible opportunities for our children with high levels of need. We are looking for someone with experience of supporting the EHCP process, working with external agencies and a strong ability to communicate effectively. 

You will: 

  • Hold QTS (or equivalent) and a minimum of an undergraduate degree

  • Have successfully undertaken the National Award SENCo Qualification (desirable but not essential)

  • Be able to demonstrate recent and outstanding understanding of the EHCP process

  • Be able to effectively articulate the needs of pupils both orally and in written form 

  • Have excellent communication skills

  • Have a strong ability to work as a team

As a member of our team, you will be actively involved in improving the outcomes for children across the Trust. You will benefit from working within an experienced team with close links to the Local Authority. You will have the opportunity to work in each academy and will represent the Trust at the new Local Authority SENDCo cluster groups throughout the year. 

LEO Academy Trust champions continuous professional development and delivers a programme of in house CPD including our Middle Leader and Aspiring Head programmes. We also work with a range of partners to offer accessible training for all staff including e-learning, a CPD app and face to face workshops.

We believe in the importance of succession planning, and that we are well placed to support you in your next challenge. We offer opportunities to work across different academies within the Trust, and a commitment to promotion opportunities, encouraging ‘home grown’ talent.  

Informal conversations are welcomed and visits to our academies are highly encouraged. 

Please contact the Trust’s dedicated HR Team on 020 8337 1844 (option 4) or via email at

All applicants should complete an application form, detailing how you meet the aspects of the Job Description and Person Specification. We regret that we are unable to accept CVs. 

Please note: LEO Academy Trust may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Closing date for applications:          Monday 20 September 2021 (morning)

Shortlisting:                         Monday 20 September 2021 (afternoon)

Interviews:                  Friday 24 September 2021