JOB TITLE: School Inclusion Coach
RESPONSIBLE TO: Headteacher. Working as part of the school’s Inclusion Team.
GRADE: Scale F/ Point 14 Actual Salary (pro rata) £15625.00 (FTE £23,484.00)
HOURS: 28.75 hours per week (8:30am – 3:30pm) 37 weeks (term time) + 1 week.
1. PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The role of the Inclusion Coach is to support children in school with their learning and behaviour needs, liaising with school staff, families and external agencies where necessary. The Inclusion Coach role forms an integral part of our Inclusion Team: by working closely with the Headteacher, Senior Leaders – including both the SENDCo and Behavioural Lead – and with class teachers and TAs, the Inclusion Coach will aim to enable pupils to independently access class-based learning, supporting co-regulation and promoting self-regulation. They will use a range of diagnostic, therapeutic and responsive approaches, informed by research, best practice and St Francis of Assisi and Trust policies.
2. ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
2.1 Liaise with teaching staff, other support staff, health and education specialists, parents, visitors and volunteers.
2.2 Sharing responsibility for organising, developing and maintaining specific school areas relevant to your role; namely; the Reset Room, The Nest and the Sensory Room.
3. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Pupil Behaviour and Inclusion
3.1 Build good relationships with pupils throughout the school, ensuring time is spent praising and acknowledging positive learning and behaviour choices.
3.2 Liaise with school or classroom adults who need additional advice or suggested strategies for pupil inclusion, including adaptive teaching (scaffolding, direct instruction, TA deployment and/or flexible grouping); Zones of Regulation; etc.
3.3 Support classroom adults dealing with incidents of pupil dysregulation or heightened behaviour by taking responsibility for those children who need to be withdrawn from lessons for short periods in order to ‘reset’.
3.4 Support children who are having difficulties in class or in the playground and work with them on a one-to-one or small group basis so that they are able to more independently manage their own behavioural responses.
3.5 Work alongside specific children within their own classroom setting to model and support strategies previously introduced to them.
3.6 Identify children who would benefit from specific interventions such as protective behaviours or nurture and work with these children on a regular basis.
3.7 Assess pupil need for the appropriate support, using a range of assessment models, monitoring and reporting on impact.
3.8 Where agreed, provide a point of contact for families of pupils who are receiving inclusion support.
3.9 Where relevant, meet with outside agencies under the direction of the SENCo or Behavioural Lead.
3.10 Keep records of all involvement with pupils, uploading documents and/or details onto CPOMs.
3.11 Play a proactive role in safeguarding across the school and attend Inclusion Team meetings
3.12 Contribute to referrals where appropriate
3.13 Join and contribute to Early Help meetings, EHAPs and/or EHCP meetings for relevant pupils and families.
3.14 Provide written documentation in relation to specified pupils for both internal and external purposes
3.15 Create and maintain strong relationships with appropriate outside agencies and other schools to ensure that St Francis of Assisi can access high quality external support where possible and appropriate.
3.16 Maintain confidentiality at all times.
3.17 To support admin duties in relation to child welfare
3.18 Responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children at the school.
3.19 Play an active part in promoting teamwork and good communication throughout the school.
3.20 Complete required training relevant to your role and pro-actively seek further professional development opportunities.
3.21 St Francis of Assisi has a commitment to be inclusive in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, social background and academic ability and expects all staff to share this responsibility.
3.22 St Francis of Assisi and St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The successful candidate must have:
- A commitment to inclusion
- Excellent communication skills
- An ability to work under pressure and deal with conflicting demands.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with colleagues, pupils, and parents/carers
- Effective behaviour management skills and experience of using restorative approaches
- An ability to develop positive relationships with disaffected pupils
- An ability to relate to and empathise with pupils
- An ability to exercise authority appropriately
- Knowledge of relevant educational legislation
- An ability to demonstrate common sense, respond in a pragmatic way, make decisions and deal with problems as they arise
- A professional, non-judgemental and tactful approach