SEN Area Manager

Surrey County Council
Redhill, UK
14 Sep 2019
25 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
£44,838 per annum based at Consort House, Redhill, RH1 1YB. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
About the role
Surrey County Council is recruiting for an Area SEN manager, working as part of a county service but responsible for the operational delivery of the South West SEN Team, based in Woking. This role will play an integral part of Surrey's improvement journey.

In this role you will, lead and deliver the area service for the identification, assessment, provision (including funding), placement and review of children with special educational needs (SEN) resident within Surrey, including supporting the SEN Strategic Plan. This will be in accordance with legislation, best practice guidance, agreed budget and resources and is appropriate to the individual child's needs.

You will be promoting positive relationships with Head Teachers of both mainstream and special schools and providing admissions oversight responsibilities for identified special schools within the area.

As an Area SEN Manager you will lead and co-ordinate the delivery of SEN panels to ensure effective placement and provision for pupils with special educational needs and making day to day decisions on the budget for statemented pupil support. An important part of this will be your contribution to strategic developments which ensure effective provision for and the inclusion of pupils with statements of special educational needs.

You will approve entitlement to transport with regard to resource implications and individual pupil need, leading and managing parental appeals relating to transport and hold responsibility for the transport budget. You will also make funding decisions in line with decision making model and financial delegation framework.

The role holder will lead and manage the culture within SEN teams to develop a positive ethos, which ensures the delivery of a solution focused, person centred service delivery model.

To be shortlisted for an interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
  • Detailed knowledge of special educational needs legislative framework and government policy and initiatives
  • Excellent advocacy skills
  • Proven ability to monitor significant and complex budgets and to use and develop financial planning systems
  • Proven track record of managing a range of responsibilities and co-ordinating service delivery in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Teaching qualification, social care degree or relevant qualification or substantial experience in SEN

For more information, please see the full job description attached at the bottom of this page.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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