Assistant Head Teacher - SEND

Ref: SCH-E-A-2849
Establishment: Shenley Academy Location: Shenley Academy Salary: £61,882 - £68,400 Department: Senior Leadership Job Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 30/05/2024 09:00 Interview Date: 10/06/2024 Start Date: 01/09/2024

Additional Information

Contract Type: Permanent Contract Term: TTO - Term time only Hours per Week: 32.50 Weeks per Year: 52.000 Pay Grade: L12-L16 Number of Vacancies: 1

The Role

Job Title: Assistant Headteacher - SEND

E-ACT Shenley Academy | Building Futures, Changing Lives 

At E-ACT Shenley Academy, we believe in the transformative power of education. We see it as more than just a process; it's a journey that opens doors and has the potential to change lives. Our mission is to inspire students through a dynamic curriculum that consistently delivers good lessons, fostering an environment where learning is empowering and enriching. 

At E-ACT Shenley Academy, it is our daily mission are dedicated to these principles. We believe in creating an educational experience that not only imparts knowledge but also character, ensuring that our students leave with the skills, values, and aspirations needed to thrive in a changing world. 

Take the next steps in your career with E-ACT Shenley Academy - where the journey is not just about education; it's about building futures and changing lives. 

Find more information here:  

Join us in Opening Minds, Opening Doors! 

Are you ready to be part of an educational community that creates an environment where children can flourish? You could join an academy that focusses on developing the whole child and has a people-first culture. We know the importance of developing our colleagues to be the best they can be to ensure our children achieve the best outcomes. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join our senior leadership team. We are looking for an Assistant Headteacher - SEND. The purpose of this role is to strategically lead the direction and development of inclusion and SEND provision in accordance with the aims and objectives of the academy. 

Key responsibilities

 Reporting to the Deputy Headteacher/Headteacher, this post holder will be accountable for the following:

  • Take a strategic lead in monitoring, evaluating, and developing the quality of Inclusion and SEND provision across the academy and undertake the role of Medical Lead.
  • Play a significant role in contributing to operation and strategic planning, specifically the Academy Improvement Plan and SEF.
  • Regularly undertake a range of rigorous quality assurance activities to report on the impact of academy improvement strategies and systems and make recommendations for development and target support accordingly.
  • Oversee the development of alternative and additional learning opportunities for a range of student groups including those experiencing difficulties in accessing mainstream learning and teaching, EHCP, students on the SEND register; plus other vulnerable groups and those with records of poor behaviour and attendance. 

Pay range L12 - L16 £61,882 - £68,400

Qualifications and Skills

  • Qualified teacher status or recognised equivalent
  • Degree in related subject specialism
  • SENCO Qualification or previous experience as a SENCO 
  • Ability to teach ‘outstanding’ lessons

What are we about? 

Outstanding Teaching and Learning: We strongly believe that outstanding teaching and learning are the keys to unlocking exceptional outcomes for our children. You will play a pivotal role in delivering high-quality education that nurtures the minds of our students. 

Advocacy and Inclusion: At our academy, every child matters, regardless of their background. Your role will involve providing each child with a fantastic, inspiring, and inclusive education that recognises and celebrates their individuality. 

People-First Culture: We proudly celebrate the diversity of our academy and our community. Join us in co-constructing the essence of an extraordinary workplace and learning environment where both staff and students feel valued and included. 

Collaborative Excellence: Our exceptional staff collaborate across our 29 academies to share ideas and problem solve. You will have the opportunity to share your skills, hear from experts and work with staff across the country to develop your practice.  


About E-ACT: 

Join a trust that is going places! 

Having recently won MAT of the Year 2023 at both the MAT Excellence Awards and National School Awards, this is a very exciting time to join us! Why do we feel we have been recognised as a strong MAT? It is down to our dedicated, talented staff that are committed in delivering nothing but excellence for all our children and young people.  

We all pride ourselves in fostering a people-first culture, which extends to all our pupils, staff, and stakeholders. We are proud to lead a community of 29 academies, educating of over 18,000 pupils across our five core hubs. Our staff satisfaction is above national benchmarks and we run a range of projects and programmes to address key topics such as workload and wellbeing. 

Our Opening Minds, Opening Doors strategy is at the forefront of everything we do, we don’t just prepare our pupils for the world; we equip them to thrive and succeed within it. Through our collaborative approach to education, we aim to open doors to a world of opportunities, where every child can pursue their dreams. 

Want to be a part of something extraordinary? Find out more at 


Collaborative Working: Thrive in an environment that values teamwork and collaboration, fostering a culture of shared knowledge and collective success. 

Support System of 29 Academies: Be part of a network of 29 academies, providing a dedicated support system and opportunities for professional growth and collaboration. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Access to confidential counselling services, providing emotional support and guidance when needed. 

Cycle to Work: Enjoy a healthy commute with our cycle-to-work programme, making bicycles more affordable. 

Electric Car Scheme: Take advantage of our environmentally friendly initiative, making electric vehicles more accessible for a sustainable and efficient commute. 

Generous Pension: Secure your future with a robust pension plan, ensuring financial well-being during retirement. 


How to apply: 

Simply click on the above to apply!


Please read the supporting documentation carefully before completing and returning our application and equal opportunities form. 


E-ACT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references. 

E-ACT is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. 


Qualification Title Grade
5 GCSEs including Maths and English (grade 4-9) or equivalent
Degree in a relevant subject
Qualified Teacher Status
SENCO Qualification


Demonstrable experience of successful line management and staff development
Involvement in school self-evaluation and development planning
Personal Attributes
Commitment to safeguarding and equality, ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways that exploit the position.
Inspires confidence in all pupils, staff, parents, governors and the wider community in order to promote the school.
Abilities, Skills and Knowledge
Experience of working within a successful safeguarding team
Support the work of colleagues and promote staff development and well being, with an understanding of its relevance to performance management

Related Documents

Job Description and Personal Specification AHT SENCO.docx Download

Safeguarding Information

E-ACT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references.

​​​​​​​E-ACT is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


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