Assistant SENDCO

Birmingham City Council
St John's CE Primary School Stratford Road Springfield Birmingham B11 4EA
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Hours: Full time

Contract type: Fixed term from January 2024 to August 2024

St John's CE Primary School

Stratford Road



B11 4EA

Telephone number: 0121 675 1469

Email address:

Required from January 2024

At St John’s School, our vision is to serve the needs of the children and families from the

local community. We want our children to flourish and grow during our time with us so that they are prepared for the next stage in their learning journey. No matter the background, life experience and individual needs, all are welcome to be a part of our school.

All different, all equal, all growing together.

We are looking for an excellent classroom practitioner who supports this ethos and has a particular interest or strength in working with children with complex SEND, particularly those with Autism and with Communication and Interaction needs. This role would suit someone who wants to gain experience with working with a range of SEND needs and is interested in becoming a SENDCO in the future.

At St John’s we believe that High Quality Teaching is at the heart of a strong inclusion policy and is the key driver of progress and achievement. However, we also acknowledge that some of our children may need additional support in and outside of the classroom. The majority of our children with SEND are fully included in the mainstream classroom; this provision is led by our SENDCO. In addition to this, we currently run two provisions: the Lantern Hub and the Sparklers Hub, for approximately 12 children who require a specialised curriculum and an individualised approach. The successful candidate for the post of assistant SENDCO will oversee the provision in both Hubs and have a 0.8 teaching commitment. The assistant SENDCO will be responsible for making assessments on the appropriate pathways for each child, meeting with parents and outside agencies and completing all EHCP and Send Support Plan paperwork. This role will be carried out with the support of the SENDCO.

This is an exciting time to join our SEND team as we look to shape provision which maximises the opportunities for all children whilst meeting their individual needs. There is also potential for this job to progress onto the full SENDCO role and the school would support the successful candidate in gaining the NPQ for SENDCO qualification.

The successful candidate will be:

  • a teacher with QTS who is an excellent communicator and advocate for vulnerable students able to manage a 'caseload' of personalised education programmes for students with high levels of SEND needs able to independently manage specific outcome-led projects or short-term interventions driven by the needs of students and the school
  • willing to demonstrate commitment to the values and behaviours of St John’s School able to enthuse, engage, motivate others to raise standards and achievement committed to working with young people who have a range of barriers to learning committed to working with staff, parents and agencies to promote best practice for learners who have barriers to learning experience of teaching SEND children in a primary school setting is essential

Closing date: 29 November 2023, midday

For further details or to arrange an informal visit please contact the school office: 0121

675 1469 or email  Application packs are on the school website.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Prohibition check; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references. 

Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.

Rehabilitation of offenders: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.



Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU
United Kingdom

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