Social Communication Learning Lead

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join us for a new position as a Social Communication Learning Lead from 15th April 2024 on an 18-month contract with potential to extend.

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced individual to join our team to support children not yet ready to access the mainstream classroom.
In this exciting new role, you will lead a team in addressing pupils’ social communication needs to enhance their readiness to engage in learning activities effectively.
You will provide a bespoke curriculum that develops awareness, participation and social skills to enable children to access the mainstream classroom on an increasing basis.
You will lead the practitioners within your team and direct them accordingly.

Starting salary is Scale 6 Point 17, rising to Scale 7 point 19 on completion of training within the first year.
This is initially an 18 month contract with the aim of permenancy.


  • Assessing and identifying pupils who require additional support to enhance their learning readiness, social skills, awareness and participation.
  • Designing and implementing individualised support plans to address pupils’ specific needs.
  • Providing guidance and support to teaching staff in implementing differentiated strategies and accommodations.
  • Collaborating with external agencies and professionals to access specialised interventions or resources.
  • Offering training and consultation to staff on social communication approaches you have developed through our robust training offer. Our training offer expects to include training around the SCERTS model for social communication, outreach from a local specialist provision, training from an occupational therapist and speech and language therapists across one year.
  • Developing positive relationships with pupils, providing mentorship and support as needed.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and making data-informed decisions.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology, Counselling, or a related field preferred although not essential for the right candidate with relevant experience.
  • Proven experience working with pupils with social communication difficulties.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to lead and collaborate with staff, families, and external agencies.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and utilisation for decision-making.
  • Empathy, adaptability, and a proactive approach to addressing barriers to access the mainstream curriculum.

We offer a supportive and inclusive working environment that values the well-being of both pupils and staff. As a Social Communication Learning Lead, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in pupils’ lives, shaping their educational journeys and preparing them for future success.

If you are passionate about supporting children with reaching their potential and have the necessary qualifications and experience, we invite you to apply for this fulfilling role. Join our team and contribute to creating an inclusive learning environment where every pupil can thrive.

To apply, please submit your application, outlining your relevant experience and why you are the ideal candidate for this position.
We are not currently accepting applications from agencies.
Please apply directly via Essex Schools jobs.

Why not come and see us? We welcome tours to our school which will provide an opportunity for you to find out more and ask any questions you may have.

What we can offer you:

  • Regular professional development, often alongside teachers and the senior team, including with our specialist speech and language therapists
  • A friendly and supportive team
  • Term time working – 13 weeks holiday a year
  • Overtime available through running extra-curricular activities
  • Opportunities to specialise and develop skills
  • First Aid Training
  • Trauma Perceptive Practice Training
  • Specialist Speech & Language Training
  • Free tea and coffee and a welcoming staffroom

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be subject to a DBS check and satisfactory references and online checks, including social media.

Online applications only. We will not consider CVs. Applications should be completed in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note we only recruit direct and do not use agencies.

Closing date: 21st March 2024

Interview date: Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th March 2024 – successful candidates should be available for the whole day.

Primary School Social Communication Learning Lead