Mossbourne Riverside Academy

Salary: Leadership Pay Scale £50,415 - £52,570 (Full Time)

Start date: 08/01/2024

Application closing date: 06/10/2023

Contract Type: Full-Time (Permanent)

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The Mossbourne Federation consist of four academies: Mossbourne Community Academy (MCA) secondary and sixth form, Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy (MVPA) secondary, Mossbourne Parkside Academy (MPA) and Mossbourne Riverside Academy (MRA) both primary.

The Mossbourne Federation is actively seeking to increase the proportion of our workforce who come from diverse backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from people of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic descent. Injustice, discrimination and intolerance go against the core tenets of the Mossbourne ethos. We actively reject discrimination in our academies through continuous review of our working policies & practices across the federation, including at board level.  We are committed to developing & supporting inclusivity, diversity & anti-racism in every facet of what we do.  

Mossbourne Riverside Academy (MRA)

At Mossbourne Riverside Academy (MRA) we continue to build on The Mossbourne Federation ethos, providing an exceptional education for all pupils in our care. With learning at the heart of everything we do, we continue to raise expectations and achievement in Hackney and its neighbouring boroughs with the belief that all children can fulfil their true potential. Our staff deliver excellent lessons, and our pupils enjoy a vibrant enrichment programme. Our excellent teaching staff work in a rewarding environment where everyone pulls together for the same thing – the best possible deal for our pupils.

If you want to be part of the team that is improving the future of our students, then read on! 


The successful applicant will be passionate about education. They will be well organised and willing to go the ‘extra mile’ and will be focussed on the attainment of all pupils. They will hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the National SENCO Award (NASENCO) and have a proven track record of successful teaching in the Primary phase. They will be committed to moving the Academy forward. The SENCO supports teachers to support children with a wide range of difficulties including but not limited to literacy and numeracy difficulties, social, emotional and mental health issues, moderate to severe learning difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Conditions. We support these children through a variety of interventions including mentoring, counselling, speech and language therapy, 1:1 support and TA support in class and in small groups. 

Main Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Supporting and promoting the ethos of the Academy.
  • Leading on all matters pertaining to SEN inclusion through an excellent knowledge & understanding of the National Curriculum and the SEN Code of Practice.
  • Line managing teaching support staff, including those working within SEND provision.
  • Working closely with, and communicating effectively with, the SLT to ensure effective systems are in place to support pupils presenting with behavioural difficulties.
  • Supporting the Phase Leaders for assessing for Access Arrangements to ensure appropriate access arrangements for examinations are in place.
  • Overseeing the preparation of SEND reviews and target setting for students with SEND.
  • Overseeing and monitoring the work of all external professionals working with SEND pupils.
  • Preparing regular written reports on the progress of pupils on the SEND register, including reports for the Annual Review
  • Working in the SLT to ensure provision of specialist teaching & classroom support for all SEND students is maintained to a consistently high standard.
  • Working in the SLT, ensuring colleagues receive appropriate training in respect of all SEND students.
  • Liaising with relevant national bodies and the Learning Support Service in developing SEND policy.
  • Complying with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.
  • Responsibility for monitoring and reporting to parents on the progress of pupils and liaising with parents, social services and other agencies regarding the Academy’s provision for students with SEND.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and support for pupils with SEND, through appropriate methods including provision mapping and management systems.
  • Responsibility for the admissions process for students with SEND and/or EHCPs, attending meetings and tribunals as directed by the Principal.
  • Ensuring that relevant data pertaining to students with SEND is disseminated effectively.
  • Responsibility for the preparation and review of policies, procedures and SEND documentation.
  • Line managing support staff.
  • Responsibility to their line manager for his/her duties, responsibilities and teaching tasks.
  • Interacting on a professional level with all colleagues and establish and maintain good working relationships which will promote the development and effective delivery of the Academy curriculum and maximise children’s achievement.
  • Undertaking the teaching of groups of pupils in identified target groups and cover as required.
  • Creating a well ordered and secure environment that will ensure the educational well-being of individual children within the group.
  • Making effective use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching.
  • Ensuring careful and on-going assessment of the pupils learning to inform further planning.
  • Ensuring that the curriculum is differentiated so that tasks and activities are matched to the ability of the children and allow them to make progress at the right pace and level.
  • Completing all assessments and records as determined by academy policy in a timely fashion.
  • Working with academy leaders to track the progress of individual children and intervene where pupils are not making progress.
  • Working with staff to complete and teach individual pupil plans where pupils have specific needs (ECHPs).
  • Ensuring that equal opportunities are implemented in the classroom and throughout the Academy.
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationship with parents, involving them actively in the classroom and in the learning process.
  • Participating in planning and staff meetings.
  • Contributing to the development of the Academy and implementation of Federation policies.
  • Collaborating with other staff and professional agencies as appropriate to the needs of the children.
  • Complying with Health and Safety requirements and initiatives as directed.
  • Compliance with Data Protection legislation.
  • The successful applicant may be required to work outside of normal academy hours on occasion (e.g. to attend meetings of the Governing Body and other committees.
  • Undertaking in-service training for further development as a SENCO.
  • Undertaking general responsibilities in the Academy as agreed with the Principal.

The duties and responsibilities of the post may vary from time to time according to the changing needs of the Academy.

Federation staff have access to a comprehensive package of benefits, including but not limited to:

  • First Rate Professional Development
  • ECT Training Programme
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • MossBike Cycle to work scheme
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Corporate Gym Membership
  • Discounts at local restaurants

The Federation has ‘teamed-up’ with an award-winning healthcare provider Benenden Health, to provide you with additional support with your health and wellbeing. Your membership fee and the associated tax is fully paid by the Federation, making this a particularly attractive benefit.

Please view the job description here: SENCO JD MRA 2023

If you are passionate about innovative education, have a commitment to personal excellence and are ready for a new challenge, we welcome your application.

Please note that CVs or incomplete application forms will not be considered. All other applications will be considered; however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Mossbourne Federation reserves the right to close adverts earlier than the stated deadline.

The Mossbourne Federation is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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