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Assistant Headteacher (SEN)

Job Description

Start Date: September

Dunbar Education is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Assistant Head Teacher to join our SEN school community. As an Assistant Head Teacher, you will play a crucial role in promoting a culture of inclusion, fostering positive school experiences for all pupils, and upholding educational standards to prepare our students for their next phase of education and life.


  • Promote a culture of inclusion where all views are valued and considered.
  • Create a positive and enriching school environment for pupils.
  • Uphold educational standards to prepare pupils for future success.
  • Maintain a culture of staff professionalism.
  • Encourage high standards of engagement and self-regulation from pupils, with a focus on meeting individual needs and promoting neurodiversity-affirming strategies.
  • Ensure high levels of pupil attendance and foster a culture of safety, enjoyment, and engagement with learning.
  • Serve as a role model, demonstrating high standards of teaching and promoting high expectations for all members of the school community.
  • Support the senior leadership team in monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning quality, including conducting lesson visits to ensure consistency.
  • Promote inclusive practices to ensure all pupils can access the curriculum effectively.
  • Provide high-quality teaching for pupils following a non-subject specific curriculum.
  • Maintain ambitious expectations for all pupils with significant or severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, speech, language, and communication difficulties.
  • Recognise that pupils are likely to have a combination of special educational needs.
  • Collaborate with parents, carers, and professionals to identify additional needs and provide necessary support and adaptations.
  • Lead and manage the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Behaviour Support Plans (BSPs) to support SEN pupils in their learning and social development.
  • Utilise a range of teaching strategies and resources to meet the diverse needs of SEN pupils, including differentiated instruction, multisensory learning, and assistive technology.
  • Monitor and assess the progress of SEN pupils, providing regular feedback to inform instructional planning and intervention strategies.
  • Work closely with external agencies, including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapists, to provide holistic support for SEN pupils.
  • Lead and participate in multi-disciplinary meetings and reviews to ensure effective collaboration and coordination of support for SEN pupils.
  • Provide guidance and support to teaching staff in implementing inclusive practices and adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of SEN pupils.
  • Contribute to the development and review of school policies and procedures related to SEN provision, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and best practice guidelines.


  • DBS on update service or willingness to obtain one.

If you are passionate about inclusive education and making a difference in the lives of children with special educational needs, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding position.

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role

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