Senior Learning Coach (Behaviour)

We are now supporting a fabulous client in their search for a talented Senior Learning Coach that is forward thinking, dynamic and resilient and who, working in collaboration with the SENDCO & Pastoral Team, will provide high quality support to learners with additional needs. The colleague appointed will be a natural inspirer, with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at Newsome Academy. 

It is crucial that the successful candidate has a sound understanding of school landscapes and how to achieve success within these parameters. As well as supporting the SEND department, the successful candidate will also be part of the wider pastoral and wellbeing family. 

Department Information:

  • This is an exciting stage for the department as they have made many changes across the school over the past twelve months. The department consists of 7 members of staff staff – in addition to the further 6 members of the Pastoral Team.
  • They invest in and support their staff and over the last 12 months have welcomed colleagues onto the Senior Leadership team and other whole school responsibilities as part of their development. 
  • The Academy support outward facing initiatives through promotion of school visits and CPD training. They also have opportunities for colleagues to gain wider experience in whole school initiatives and this has supported the promotion of a number of internal appointments over the past 12 months.


  • Role: Senior Learning Coach (Behavioural) 
  • Grade: NJC 14-17 (£23,080 – 24,491 FTE) 
  • Contract: Term Time + 5 days | Full Time (37 hours p/w) | Fixed Term – Initially 12 Month
  • Closing Date: 4th March 2022


To work under the guidance of Teaching/Senior Staff to implement and oversee agreed work programmes with individuals/groups, in or out of the classroom. This could include those requiring detailed and specialist knowledge in behavioural areas and will involve assisting the Teacher in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of resources.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Constantly uphold and promote our values and vision 
  • Work directly with the SEN team to ensure effective provision 
  • Provide students with clear behaviour expectations and ensure our system of sanctions and rewards is firm and fair whilst managing challenging and extreme behaviour of individual pupils 
  • Work with the teacher to ensure that progress is clearly recorded and relates to the learning objectives/goals for students 
  • In conjunction with the teacher provide one to one support for targeted pupils or groups of pupils on a short-term basis or for particular lessons, where there are behaviour barriers to learning for the pupils 
  • Supervise activities and assist with the general management and control of students in the academy 
  • To assist where required in the planning of learning activities 
  • Work with individuals or small groups to ensure interventions are delivered that meet the needs of the students and comply with the recommendations of their statements/EHCPs 
  • To participate in and assist in supervision of educational visits, in conjunction with the teacher / line manager 
  • Respond to the needs of all students with a sense of urgency 
  • To participate in and assist in supervision of educational visits, in conjunction with the Teacher/Line Manager 
  • To provide lunchtime cover as required 
  • Liaise with relevant staff to ensure all students’ needs are met 
  • Manage own workload and that of others to allow an appropriate work / life balance 
  • Work in effective partnership with other leaders in the Trust 
  • Support students throughout the day by fulfilling pastoral responsibilities 
  • Engage fully in the academy appraisal process to fulfil personal potential and be able to participate effectively in the implementation of the academy’s goals and improvement plan 
  • Attend meetings / training and carry out administrative tasks and duties as specified on the academy calendar 
  • Consistently implement all academy policies 
  • Contribute to decision-making and consultation procedures 
  • To contribute to plans, reviews and evaluations of pupils by writing reports on pupils’ progress and attendance at meetings 
  • Report any safeguarding concerns immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead 
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo 

(This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post. It will be reviewed annually)


  • Numeracy and Literacy skills to a level to assist students with their work (GCSE/O’Level Grace C or above)
  • NVQ Level 3 for Teaching Assistants or equivalent qualifications or experience 
  • Training in relevant support strategies  


  • Values driven 
  • Strong ICT skills 
  • Experience of working with young people in relation to social, emotional, behavioural issues 
  • Experience of working in a school setting
  • Working in a school with a similar context 
  • Working with students with EAL 
  • Experience of developing effective strategies to promote positive 
  • Behaviour 
  • Experience of managing challenging and extreme behaviour of pupils

Knowledge and skills:

  • High expectations which motivate and challenge students 
  • Understanding and commitment to Equal Opportunities 
  • Understanding of the secondary curriculum and other basic learning programmes/strategies 
  • Understanding of Child Development and Learning


  • Strong moral purpose and drive for improvement 
  • Ability to relate to children and adults 
  • Values-aligned & resilient
  • Ability to work as a team member 
  • Ability to work in a calm manner with children exhibiting behavioural difficulties 
  • Motivated, enthusiastic and flexible 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Good sense of humour 
  • Desire to develop yourself 
  • Ability to receive and act on feedback 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Ability to work under pressure 
  • Commitment to the full life of the academy 
  • Ability to liaise with the teachers to plan differentiated work 
  • Ability to think clearly and remain calm in an emergency situation 

This is a truly amazing opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal chat, please call 01422 897 152 or to apply for the role, please click the link attached here: https://newsomeacademy.co.uk/vacancies/

Newsome Academy is committed to safeguarding staff and students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosing and Barring Service DBS check. All interviews will include a question about Safeguarding and any anomalies identified in pre-recruitment checks will be discussed at interview.