SEN Provision Support Officer

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£24735.0 - £26800 per annum
14 Aug 2020
01 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full time
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 1.6 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

ECC is transforming how it delivers education services across one of the largest counties in the country in order to continue to improve and to ensure the best possible outcomes for every single child and young person. We are determined to build on our journey of improvement which has seen 94% of schools now being rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, and to focus more effectively on areas such as our more vulnerable children and young people to ensure Essex provides a wholly inclusive education which can meet the needs of all of our children and young people.

Job Purpose

As part of the Education function, children and young people with Special Education Needs (SEN) need to be fully considered in future school place plans to ensure adequate provision is provided across Essex to meet their specific requirements now and in the future.

This supporting role will focus on the delivery of SEN provision across Essex, assisting in the management of spend and contracts to ensure quality of delivery and a robust framework for analysis of budget and spend.

Good planning, funding and project skills will be required to assist the SEN Provision Team to make payments to schools and suppliers.


* Supports effective budget management of the "High Needs Block" budget process by ensuring payments are made promptly, appropriately and recorded accurately on ECC systems.
* Provides support by producing a variety of management information reports on a monthly basis that support and inform SEN commissioning arrangements.
* Responsible for supporting SEND Development Leaders to ensure that specific priorities are planned and delivered within timescales
* Supports training by giving advice and guidance on SEN funding to schools and colleagues.
* Utilises available data to provide insight and support for the SEN Strategy & Innovation team to ensure effective monitoring of High Needs Block budget.
* Supports senior officers with the development of contracts and service level agreements for SEN provisions.
* Supports the Sen Provision Development team with the management of contracts and services.
* Responsible for managing SEND contracts and referral processes to ensure they run efficiently and meet all deadlines.
* Works collaboratively in liaising with schools and suppliers on a day to day basis, as well as with teams and stakeholders across ECC
* Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

* Educated to A level or equivalent by experience
* Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
* Excellent IT Skills, particularly in the use of Microsoft Excel
* Experience of developing systems
* Experience of School settings and the SEND environment.
* Experience of working within a team
* Experience of project work and ability to be organised and planned.


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

Apply and next steps

Please submit an application via the Working for Essex website, ensuring you upload an up to date CV and supporting statement when prompted.

Applications are required to be submitted by 1/9/2020

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.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.