SEND Operations Assistant

England, Essex, Basildon
Up to £22664 per annum
02 Jul 2020
13 Jul 2020
Job role
Support Worker
Contract Type
Full time
Please note that this job will be based in Basildon to cover South Essex and both full and part time opportunities will be considered. Please state on your application which hours are preferred.

Interviews will be conducted week beginning 20th July - successful candidate will be notified once adverts have closed on 12th July.

Essex County Council is embedding 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.

The SEND Operations Assistant provides administration and support to the statutory SEND processes such as the Annual Review Process, in particular at phase transfer, as well as providing a triage service for all contacts received by the SEND Operations Team. You will work as part of a cluster team.

With an RQF level 2 qualification and a thorough working knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice 2015, you will have experience of working with/for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

Receive, log and co-ordinate responses to incoming Section 23 and 24 notifications from Health Colleagues regarding children with SEND. Liaise with Senior Inclusion Partners to ensure effective monitoring, provision development and signposting systems are in place.

Receive, log and co-ordinate all incoming post 16 requests for assessment, liaising with schools, settings and other key stakeholders including the Preparing for Adulthood Team.

Support the preparation of papers for and co-ordination of the Annual Review process, ensuring that schools and settings are informed of who Annual reviews should be held for during each academic term, and that appropriate people are invited to attend.

Provide triage of all incoming contacts to the SEND Operations team, acting as the first contact for parents/carers, CYP, schools, settings and other partner agencies. Signposting service users to relevant teams where appropriate and responding to queries wherever possible.

Provide administrative Support to SEND Operations Co-Ordinators by sending formal consultations to schools and settings as part of the EHC Assessment Process and co-ordinating responses.

Receive, log and direct inward transfer notifications, liaising with SEND Operations Partners and SEND Operations Co-ordinators to ensure that statutory processes and timescales are fully complied with.

Maintain tracking systems for all students who are at the point of phase transfer each year and provide support to SEND Operations Partners and SEND Operations Co-ordinators to ensure that statutory processes and timescales are fully complied with and that, where appropriate, EHCP's are ceased in a timely manner.

Taking responsibility for ensuring that data is recorded accurately and in a timely manner to enable the Local Authority to report to stakeholders on a range of subjects including statutory timescales, out-of-authority placements and CYP with alternative education offers. The data will also be used monitor and track pupil records.
  • Educated to RQF level 2 or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
  • Thorough working knowledge of SEND Code of Practice 2015
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills with the ability to manage own workload and adapt quickly and effectively to changing circumstances/situations.