Aquinas Church of England Education Trust

Primary SEND Lead


The Aquinas Trust is seeking to appoint a Primary SEND Lead. The SEND Lead has an important role to play in supporting and delivering the strategic development of SEND policy and provision at the school, and in the day-to-day coordination of specific provision that is made to support individual pupils with SEND. They are responsible for providing professional guidance to colleagues and will work closely with staff, parents, and a range of external agencies in providing a support role to families.

Personal attributes

Our ideal candidate will have: 

  • A flexible attitude;
  • A degree in a relevant subject;.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working as a school SEND Lead or equivalent role with a primary setting and at least two years’ experience as a DDSL or DSL within a primary setting;
  • Experience of working with pupils with SEND, and pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties;
  • Experience co-ordinating provision for children with SEND and sound knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and its application;
  • Good time management skills, and the ability to organize, prioritise and maintain a heavy workload;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • High levels of drive, energy and integrity;
  • A commitment to improve current skills and demonstrate a willingness to develop further;
  • An ability to work with pupils and their families in a sensitive and positive way;
  • A commitment to developing an inclusive ethos and culture where neurodiversity is celebrated.


In return, we offer: 

  • A happy community committed to the professional development of all colleagues;
  • A distinctive local context ensuring we place inclusivity at the heart of all we do;
  • A skilled and experienced team of teachers and other professionals;
  • A motivated leadership team leading rapid improvement to the students’ life chances;
  • A Trust in which the students are enthusiastic, engaging and thoughtful.


 We would be pleased to welcome you for an informal visit prior to application.

 The Aquinas Trust is committed to safeguarding the young people in our care and we expect all our staff to share this commitment.  The successful applicant will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. As an employee of the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust you are required to have regard to the character of the Trust and its foundation and to undertake not to do anything in any way contrary to the interests of the foundation. 

Salary & Benefits

Grade:                                                    Aquinas Grade 8

Salary Range:                                    £37,409 - £43,978

Pro-rata Salary:                               £32,716.73 - £38,461.77

Hours:                                                    36 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

Reports to:                                         Trust Inclusion Lead


Aquinas Church of England Education Trust
Magpie Hall Lane

Supporting documents

How to apply

Please send your completed application form, outlining your suitability for the role against the enclosed person specification and job description, by email to:

Please note a signed copy of your application form will be required prior to interview.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to bring appropriate identification with them to interview. For the purpose of DBS clearance, only copies of the successful applicant’s identification will be retained.

All candidates should provide two references. Permission should be sought prior to including any referee on your application form. Shortlisted candidates will have their references taken-up before any interview.