Starting Salary: £14,847 per annum

35 hours per week, Term time plus 5 INSET Days

Permanent – required to start as soon as possible

Penrice Academy is a truly outstanding school, with wonderful students and forward thinking, inspirational teaching and support staff. We are highly successful with year-on-year exceptional results which now put us in the top 7% of schools nationally. We provide our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to be successful as they move to the next phase of their education.  As a school community, we have relentless drive and ambition to provide the best possible educational experience for each and every one of our students. Penrice Academy is part of Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT), a family of Cornish Primary and Secondary Schools, with a strategic vision to ‘learn together to help every child achieve more’. This is an exciting time to join our large, dynamic Trust, which is responsible for educating learners across four secondary schools, one junior school and nine primary schools.

Our dedicated and experienced SEN team is looking to appoint a dynamic and enthusiastic SEN Specialist to join a well established department supporting students with additional needs.  We seek to appoint an individual who can take a proactive role in supporting the educational, social and physical needs of students at our school.  The successful candidate will be able to use their initiative and support teaching and learning across the curriculum, providing assistance to the teacher in the practical organisation of class activities and small group work.  The SEN Specialist will also be responsible for advocating for students with additional needs and supporting students on the school’s SEN Register to successfully access enrichment opportunities across the school, as part of our wider curriculum offer.

This would be a fantastic opportunity for a graduate who would like to gain more SEND experience before pursuing a career in teaching and education.  The post is also suitable for individuals who currently work within education as a learning support assistant and would like the opportunity to develop their practice across literacy and reading. 

If you are interested in applying for this position and wish to have an informal conversation, please contact Abby Macdonald, Operational SENDCo, on 01726 72163 or email

Application forms and full details are available to download below:

Applications by CV, letter or social media alone will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications:     9.00am, Friday 20th May 2022

Interviews to be held:                   Wednesday 25th May 2022

Cornwall Education Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and, where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 and 2020).  This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers and, if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.  Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: