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Planning & Partnership Officer SEND

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 26/10/2020 23:59
£42,821 - £45,859
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Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Closing date:
26 Oct

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This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Planning & Partnership Officer - SEND

Salary Band: £42,821 - £45,859
Working Pattern: Permanent / Full time
Location: Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol

How you’ll make a difference

You will make a difference through partnership and planning work related to provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) across South Gloucestershire. You will be working alongside school leaders on school-led collaborations (“Clusters”) delivering innovative approaches and commissioning services to meet the needs of children and young people at SEND support.

You will also be considering how best to ensure that we have appropriate arrangements in place to meet the needs of children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans in the future. Utilising pupil population forecast and needs assessments to understand how demand is changing and working with schools and partners on developing our local response so that we have sufficient places and capacity to meet need.

In both cases you will be working with education leaders to identify/develop best practice approaches so that our arrangements for SEND are the best they can be and ensure that children and young people have the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes.

What will you be doing?

You will be providing sound expertise, advice and information to a range of customers (councillors, senior managers, other departments etc) throughout the Council and research and analyse opportunities for innovation. You will establish new efficient and effective ways of working, all within the statutory framework.
You will lead and implement projects within your specialist field and ensure that change initiatives are implemented across the local area.

This is a great opportunity for someone with imagination and drive to shape and implement effective strategies that will have a significant positive impact on children and young people’s lives.

You will work closely with partners and service providers to negotiate and manage projects ensuring that children and young people’s needs, service standards and budget requirements are met and that strong standards of working relationships are established and developed at all levels. You will be expected to present report to demonstrate the same to Schools Forum and the SEND Partnership Board.

What we need from you

You will hold a relevant professional qualification, degree or equivalent specialist qualification an/or equivalent experience as well as substantial operational and management experience in a large complex organisation within a related specialist field.

You will demonstrate detailed technical knowledge and have an understanding of the relevant specialist area. You will also have an understanding of complex data and the ability to communicate this effectively at all levels.

You will have excellent communication skills and be able to negotiate with and influence customers as well as have authority and credibility to build relationships and engage successfully with customers.

You will have a good understanding of emerging developments within scope of the service and how the role fits with other areas of the Council and partner organisations.

You will demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

• We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance - whatever that means for them.

• We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work.

Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.

• We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of
• We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life
• We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.??

We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.

We’re making a difference, be part of it!

Interviews are scheduled for the 5th November 2020.

For further information, please contact Hilary Smith, Head of Education, Learning & Skills (hilary.smith@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 863268)

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