Integra People are recruiting for a Special Educational Needs Manager to support a team within Children's Services in the Manchester area.
You will have proven experience in an Operational role with sound knowledge and experience of Statutory Assessments and Legal Framework. You must have experience of managing a team of Caseworkers and be a passionate and motivational leader.
This is a 6 month contract initially, with potential to become permanent after this time dependent on success within the role.
The role will be hybrid and you will be expected to be in the office at least one day per week, but this is a lovely new office where you will feel instantly at home.
- Managing the delivery of an efficient, effective and timely SEND service for pupils in mainstream schools to ensure pupils achieve to the best of their ability.
- Lead and manage the work of SEN Casework Officers by making sure everyone is working towards the same goals to meet statutory requirements and timescales.
- Overseeing service development and strategies to enable the Council to meet statutory requirements including implementing the requirements of new legislation.
- Promoting the welfare of children and young people, and ensure that priority is given to safeguarding.
- Work closely with pupils, students, schools and their families.
- To work effectively and contribute fully to the work of the Inclusion Team.
- To actively contribute to local, regional and national developments within SEND.
- Responsibility for the effective administration of the assessment and reassessment of pupils' special educational needs, including their placement, monitoring and review.
- Prepare cases and represent schools and the Council at SEN and Disability Tribunals and at the Disagreement Resolution Service.
- Responsible for the management, development and implementation of appropriate policies and practices throughout the Special Education Needs Service.
- Responsible for the statutory assessment process and co-ordinating the outcomes of statutory reviews of statements/ Education, Health and Care Plans for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in mainstream schools both in and out of the borough and to manage designated Casework Officers.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with head teachers, SENCOs and governors as appropriate in mainstream schools to ensure that the needs of pupils are met.
- Develop and deliver appropriate training for school staff to ensure that knowledge of the SEN assessment and processes is fully understood within the school and appropriate referrals are made for any assessment of a pupil's special educational needs.
- Work with the Inclusion Manager to respond appropriately to comments and complaints from MPs, elected members, schools, parents and colleagues.
- Overseeing the allocation of EHC plans with colleagues through the appropriate placement panels.
- Work with the second SEN Manager to ensure that allocation panels are organised and furnished with the appropriate information to ensure timely decisions are made.
- Ensure that all statutory timescales are met for all casework.
- Ensure that the services provide a professional, efficient and effective service to parents, pupils and third parties.
- Act as the appointed Manager for pupils whilst undergoing the assessment process.
- Liaise with the administrative officer, parents and professionals for the efficient and rapid receipt of advice, information and data in relation to the assessment of pupils.
- Advise the Inclusion Manager and Head of Service on the availability of school places for individual pupils as required and recommend strategies to manage place availability across the borough.
- Respond efficiently and sensitively to all communications received from parents and professionals in connection with assessment casework, whether written or verbal.
- Deputise for the Inclusion manager in their absence and provide guidance to other team members.
- Responsible for a specific caseload, undertaking casework relating to this caseload.
- Prepare and present the Council's case at SEN and Disability Tribunals and Disagreement Resolution Service.
- Ensure that the Council meets its statutory responsibilities in relation to Special Education Needs and the Code of Practice.
- Manage the SEN budget and Finance spreadsheet.
- Contribute to the business planning process for the Inclusion Service.
- Represent the authority on regional and national networks if required.
- Be aware and involved in the development and implementation of the Borough Safeguarding Agenda in relation to keeping children safe.
- Liaise with and advise members, employees of the council and the public and external agencies.
- Carry out duties with full regard to the Councils Equal Opportunities Policy.
This is an exciting opportunity within a friendly and welcoming team. It is a demanding role, but very rewarding.
Are you interested in applying?
Please submit your CV today to Holly at Integra People and I will call you for a confidential chat.