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Senco interview help needed please

Discussion in 'Primary' started by blueprintteacher, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. blueprintteacher

    blueprintteacher New commenter

    I have senco interview on Friday next week!
    I have to teach for 10 mins.
    Do 45 min in tray activity plus the interview.

    Any top tips for reading I can do to prepare- I have no specific experience apart from class teacher exp for over 10 years etc.

    Many thanks!
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Are you sure you are ready for this post?
    asnac likes this.
  3. blueprintteacher

    blueprintteacher New commenter

    I have been a phase leader part of SLT. I have lectured to NQTs and supply teachers for 7 years. I have been a student mentor. I have taught in lots of schools- some in special measures with tough kids. Think you have to start somewhere? You can train whilst in post. Before teaching I have was a paediatric nurse. I have got my masters in education and am good at keeping up to date and researching. I normally get classified as outstanding or good with when observed. The school has looked at my application and has shortlisted me. I let them know that I haven't worked as a senco but am an eager and quick learner. Think I can do the job though will have to work hard to learn how to be effective etc.
  4. blueprintteacher

    blueprintteacher New commenter

    I am good at talking to parents and working with TAs. I have delivered staff training. I think I will be able to work with small groups and one to ones well. I have had practice examining data as I was Assessment coordinator. I have coordinated maths and literacy. I am good at research and report writing, very organised. I make good relationships with the pupils. Hope that sounds like I am ready for the post?
  5. blueprintteacher

    blueprintteacher New commenter

    Hmm have made lots of typos!
  6. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I have replied on the SEND forum. Just to add .... experience of leadership and management are key as are demonstrating transferable skills. Also essential I think is having ' street cred ' with the staff and the capacity to model the practice you will be advocating. I understand why you justified your initial post but I also understand why colleagues were quick to question your ' readiness ' for the responsibility. Yes all good that you have ' done ' x , y and z but more important is that you have been effective and can lead and manage strategic provision. I would also say that knowledge / delivery / monitoring of the t and l strategies which accommodate most of the students most of the time is crucial to this post in addition to the ' specialist ' expertise ....
  7. blueprintteacher

    blueprintteacher New commenter

    Thank you very much Minnie- great advice!
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Ahhh now, see this bit isn't quite true is it? You have heaps more specific experience, such as all that you posted later. :)
    Having read all of that, the picture is now very different. SENCO seems a great next step, if that is the way you want your career to go.

    The subject knowledge part is much easier to pick up as you go than the people skills, which you already have.

    At this stage, find out who's who in the LA where the school is situated so you can speak knowledgeably, at interview, about who you can call on when needed. Find out if there are any schools near the new one who have very experienced SENCOs and suggest working in partnership.

    Read any government papers to do with special needs provision and make sure you know all the legal bits.

    Talk to your current school's SENCO and ask what he/she recommends.

    Good luck to you.
  9. blueprintteacher

    blueprintteacher New commenter

    Thank you Caterpillartobutterfly! Good tips which I will use. Already reading SEN code of practice etc. Yes I would find a good local Senco to work with etc. I can use that in the interview "subject knowledge is easier to pick up as go along" as you say I have got the transferable people skills needed (hopefully).

    Has anyone else had to do an In-tray activity? I guess it is about prioritizing esp if anything is safeguarding related.

    Thanks to everyone :)

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