Reading Champion

Reading Champion
Temporary for 1 year in the first instance
37 hours per week, TTO + 5 days
Salary Range C1 £19,038- £21,019

Trustees are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Reading Champion to join our SEND team. 

At Horsforth School we believe in ‘opportunity and achievement for all’ and are committed to the highest outcomes for students and aim to develop the best opportunities for staff. Please note this is a temporary role for 1 year in the first instance with the possibility of becoming permanent in the future.

The Reading Champion will promote reading across the school and will help to support all students with reading. A specific focus will be on narrowing the reading gap for those disadvantaged students and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).They will play a key role in supporting the implementation of reading assessments, intervention and support programs for students, performing tasks that can range from helping students with their reading in class, encouraging reading through school wide initiatives, helping with academic program activities and assessments, developing, reinforcing and reviewing individual students’ plans, to providing one-to-one or group literacy intervention for a student.

The Reading Champion will support students by working as a member of the SEND team and will be line managed by the SENDCo and work closely with the Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Mentors as well as the Teaching and Learning Lead. The Reading Champion will work under the direction of the classroom teacher when in the classroom to assist in the preparation or adaptation of regular classroom materials to meet specific individual needs.

We are looking for someone who has an empathetic and flexible support style. You will be tenacious, creative and resourceful. Experience of working in an educational setting would be an advantage but is not essential. If you really want to make a difference to the lives of young people, then Horsforth School could be the school for you.

The SEND team’s success is reflected throughout this ambitious and consistently oversubscribed 11-19 school, which enjoys strong community and international links.  Our commitment to excellence in education is recognised nationally.   Ofsted describe us as a ‘good school with outstanding features’.

For our 1400 students, Horsforth School provides an engaging environment of discovery and growth. For our colleagues too, this setting offers some great benefits. Located in north-west Leeds, the school is just five miles from the city centre with its thriving retail, leisure and cultural facilities, yet on the edge of open countryside. York, Harrogate and the Dales are within easy reach

If you’d like to find out more, please call 0113 226 5454. Or for full details and to download an application form, please visit or email

Closing date:   12 noon on Friday 28th January 2022
Start date:       As soon as possible 

We welcome applications regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and we expect all colleagues to share this commitment.  Appointments will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.