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Inclusion Lead and SENCo, Anthem

We are looking for someone with expertise and passion for leading and developing inclusion, who will join our Trust’s team of primary Lead Learners for school-to-school improvement work.

Location: Abbey Woods Academy
Contract term: Permanent
Full time/term time: Full Time
Pay range: L1-L3 with SEN allowance
Reporting to: Mrs Sophie Charter, Headteacher

This is a newly established role to initially strengthen the team at Abbey Woods Academy for the first year in post, with potential for wider work across the Trust.

Abbey Woods Academy is a one form entry primary school serving a diverse community in South Oxfordshire. Our vision for growing together, learning for life, caring for all is at the heart of what we do — we are an inclusive school that works hard to provide our children with the best possible life chances.

We are seeking an ambitious, caring and energetic addition to our team who can create a wonderful learning environment for SEN pupils and help us to develop an outstanding inclusion provision. The successful candidate will lead by example and have a strong understanding of supporting SEN pupils. The role will require leading interventions and demonstrating and planning quality SEN intervention.

This position would be ideal for an ambitious Leader, who is passionate about SEND and is looking to progress to a Senior Leadership role. The Inclusion Lead and SENCo will be closely supported by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Education Director, and they will be given opportunities to learn and grow, whilst supporting the school’s drive for excellence.

This exciting unique role is an excellent professional development opportunity and could be a steppingstone to future Headship and Leadership roles.

We will offer you:

  • Support and professional development opportunities in your area of speciality and beyond

  • A competitive salary

  • A team focused on school improvement

  • No full-time class commitments

  • 0.5 contact time (small group intervention), 0.5 non-contact time

  • Opportunities to shape your vision and create the best SEN learning environments.

  • Resourcing and opportunities to visit other schools and provisions.

  • Leadership development and career progression

  • The opportunity to be part of a collaborative trust and to work with lead learners and Professional Learning Networks.

To view the job description, person specification or to download an application form please click the links at the bottom of this page. Completed applications should be sent to the school via the contact details below. 

Please note that this position is not suitable for an NQT. 

We would welcome applications from candidates currently working in international school settings with potential for interviews to take place via video calling platforms if required. 

Pre-application visits and/or discussions are welcome. Please contact Caroline Tidmarsh to arrange on 01865 340420 or email If you would like to speak to our Associate Education Director, Sam Coy, please contact them directly on 01522 457975.

Closing date: Thursday, 13 May
Interviews: w/c 17 May

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and require all staff and volunteers to share and demonstrate this commitment. The successful candidate will have to meet the requirements of the person specification and will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks which will, where applicable, include a health check, an enhanced DBS check, the Children’s Barred List check and satisfactory references.

Interested in working with us?