Education Legal Services Support Officer

England, Essex
Up to £26260 per annum
13 Sep 2019
24 Sep 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Please note that this job will be based in Chelmsford.

Interviews will be conducted in early October - successful candidate will be notified once adverts have closed.

Job Purpose

Essex County Council has embarked upon a programme of change for provision and services with the ambition to profoundly improve the outcomes and life experience of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our vision is for a SEND system which identifies and assesses need at an earlier stage and which provides appropriate and impactful support without such high dependence on Essex County Council's statutory services. We have a responsibility to deliver effective services and support in the most cost effective and impactful way.

The Education Legal Services Support Officer will administer and oversee the preparation for appeals before the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal and provide high quality support and co-ordination in relation to Local Government Ombudsman cases, Judicial Reviews and other ad hoc legal challenges.

Good knowledge of SEN legislation, the Code of Practice and case law is required.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

Responsible for maintaining appropriate data systems, providing reports and statistical data on the Tribunal system.

Responsible for administering and overseeing the support system for the preparation and representation of the Council at appeals before the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal (SEND).

Responsible for providing high quality support and co-ordination in relation to Local Government Ombudsman cases, Judicial Reviews and other ad hoc legal challenges.

Acts as the first point of contact and co-ordinator for receipt of SEN appeals from the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal (SEND) and subsequently as principal liaison officer with the Tribunal administrative office and parents' advocates.

Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
* Possesses an RQF Level 4 qualification in law or equivalent by experience.

* Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.

* Evidence of providing legal administration support.

* Knowledge of SEN legislation, Code of Practice, and the Tribunal procedures.

* Experience of the MS Office suite of programmes and database systems.

* Experience of collecting, processing and analysing data, translating this into reports.

* Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written with the ability to deliver information to a wide range of Audiences.

Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 0333 013 5888.