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Strategic Lead: Special Educational Needs

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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 24/05/2020 23:59
£54,478 - £60,826
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Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
24 May

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

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

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 and deliver excellence.

How you’ll make a difference

You will make a difference by ensuring children and young people with special needs achieve the best possible outcomes, through building a strong relationship with their parents and carers.

Reporting directly to the Head of Education, Learning and Skills, you will drive, lead and embed strategies within the local authority in relation to the provision, delivery and quality assurance of statutory processes that support and deliver the Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment, EHC Plan (EHCP), annual reviews and disagreement processes (disagreement resolution, mediation and tribunals).

You will be responsible for producing development plans for the service to ensure the continuing improvement and quality of EHCPs for children and young people aged 0 to 25.

You will achieve all of this by using your excellent leadership skills to inspire, motivate and develop members of your team of Special Educational Needs Coordinators and supporting development of leaders of schools and pre-school settings so that a high level of performance is achieved across the sector.

You will be an expert professional for Special Educational Needs ensuring your team and partners deliver high quality advice, support, training and guidance for colleagues in the LA, pre-school, schools and colleges.

Each day will be different and you will find the work hugely rewarding with great job satisfaction.

What does an average day look like?

There will be a strong focus on engaging with parents and carers and working collaboratively with partners in Education, Health and Social Care.

As a leadership role you will be operating at a senior level within South Gloucestershire, sustaining relationships with internal colleagues and eternal partners. You will be leading, directing and delivering all of the 0-25 education services in order to improve standards and ensuring effective decision making for both efficient use of resources and high-quality professional practice in line with the Departmental Plan.

Responding to information requests from senior managers to provide them with recommendations on specific issues relevant to the service area.

You will ensure compliance with legislation, provide assurance that service performance is meeting all expected internal standards and identifying and recommending best practice to raise standards overall.

You will maintain an overview of the changing needs of the local population contributing to the Commissioning of Places strategy and working alongside internal colleagues, including Commissioning and Social Care to ensure that our local arrangements continue to meet need.

What we need from you:

• You will be educated to degree level and have a formal recognised professional qualification in Education or relevant discipline

• You will have a proven track record of senior management within SEND children services

• You will have extensive experience of leadership and change management.

• You will have a clear and in-depth understanding of the national issues and legal framework relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

• Ability to undertake difficult conversations.

• Project management skills and risk management experience

• Experience of producing long term plans in the area of children and young people with special educational needs/disabilities which satisfy organisational objectives.

• Desirable, but not essential with be evidence of management qualifications and experience of Commissioning Services

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.

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

If you are interested in the position, please send (quoting the vacancy ID) a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant skills and experience to HRrecruitment@southglos.gov.uk.

Interview expected: week commencing Monday, 1st June 2020

For further information contact: Hilary Smith, Head of Education, Learning & Skills (hilary.smith@southglos.gov.uk or 07591 890567)

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