At SWRAC we support individuals to thrive through real-life and relevant education programmes. Our intention is to provide everyone with the skills, knowledge and experience to:

– Be independent and resilien
– Grow into education, employment or meaningful activity
– Live healthily and sustainabl
– Develop and maintain healthy relationships
– Grow socially and contribute positively to communities and local economies
– Be safe

Location: Bournemouth

Due to continued expansion, we are looking for a full time SENCO to join our friendly team in Dorset.

Job Description

Duties will include but are not limited to:

– Develop and oversee the implementation of the SWRAC’s SEN strategy and policy with senior managers
– Make referrals and liaise with professionals outside of SWRAC – this could include psychologists, health and social care providers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. But not safeguarding referrals – DDSLs would complete these.
– Carry out assessments of young people with SEN to identify needs and monitor progress – including observations in the classroom and meeting with tutors and parents
– Work with classroom tutors, SWRAC senior managers, parents and relevant external agencies to develop, implement and monitor individual support/learning plans
– Attend and lead on Team around the learner meetings to ascertain progress and coordinator needs
– Make referrals and liaise with professionals outside of SWRAC – this could include psychologists, health and social care providers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists
– Provide advice, guidance and training to tutors and Learning Support Assistants on supporting young people with SEN
– Support tutors to develop schemes of work and learning programmes for young people with SEN
– Support tutors to develop and implement effective teaching and behaviour management approaches in the classroom
– Advise resources for SEN provision
– Maintain systems for keeping young people’s records, ensuring information is accurate and up to date
– Analyse SWRAC, local and national data and develop appropriate strategies and interventions
– Keep up to date with national and local policies related to SEN and cascade information to colleagues
– To facilitate Person Centred Reviews



– English and maths at Level 2 or equivalent
– QTS or similar teaching qualification

Skills / Competencies
– A strong commitment to raising educational attainment for young people with SEN, including working with learners directly and supporting other staff to do so
– Willingness and ability to develop specialist knowledge and keep up to date with local and national policy and developments
– Be able to secure sufficient internal resources, and secure the necessary support from external agencies
– Teamwork skills – to inspire and motivate other teachers, model good practice, and develop a whole college commitment to supporting learners with SEN
– Interpersonal skills – for building relationships with parents, teachers, and external professionals
– Written communication skills – for writing learning and support plans, reports on learner progress, and training and guidance for staff
– Organisation and time-management skills – needed for prioritising and balancing a busy and varied workload
– Empathy and emotional intelligence – in order to recognise and be sensitive to the needs of learners and parents
– Analytical and problem-solving skills – necessary for analysing school, local and national data and developing appropriate strategies and interventions

– Knowledge and experience of a range of successful teaching, learning and curriculum strategies to meet the needs of all pupils
– Knowledge of assessment strategies and the use of assessment to inform next stages
– A secure understanding and working knowledge of the SEND code of practice
– Understanding of the characteristics of an effective learning environment and the key elements of successful behaviour management
– Successful experience in creating an effective learning environment and implementing policy and practice and curriculum for learners

– At least three years teaching experience preferably in post 16
– Experience of effective monitoring and evaluation of teaching

Personal Qualities
– A passion for person-centred learning especially for learners with complex needs
– Empathy for young people with SEND
– Commitment to the SWRAC’s Ethos
– Able to inspire
– The ability to work with a range of staff at all levels
– A sense of humour
– Enthusiastic, honest, reliable
– A sense of purpose and ability to take personal initiative
– A sensitive, flexible, open-minded and responsive attitude to working with others
– Ability to work effectively as part of a team
– Strong commitment to SWRAC improvement and raising achievement for all
– Ability to build and maintain good relationships
– Ability to remain positive and enthusiastic when working under pressure
– Good interpersonal skills
– Effective communication skills
– Positivity and perseverance
– Ability to critically evaluate own performance and make any necessary changes to be more effective

Special Attributes/Requirements
– To be committed to promoting independence in line with preparing for adulthood outcomes of Education/Employment & Careers, Friends, Relationships and Community, Health and Independent Lives
– Prepared to work flexibly to meet work requirements.
– Current driving licence.

Job Type: Full time
Salary: £34,500 per year

For more information, please email:

Closing date: 23rd June

SWRAC are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks. We are committed to securing genuine equality of opportunity in all aspects of our activities as an employer and education provider.