SEND Quadrant Manager - NE Essex
About the Education Directorate
We are passionate about ensuring all children and young people in Essex receive the best possible high quality and inclusive education. We strive for an education for all children which identifies and meets their individual needs successfully; enabling them to achieve their ambitions and prepare successfully for transition onwards into adulthood and pathways to employment and enterprise.
Ultimately we want the best outcomes for all young people in Essex and are working with partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to achieve that goal.
The Education Directorate in Essex is split into four quadrant teams serving North, Mid, South and West Essex plus centralised strategic, planning, performance and specialist services.
The quadrant teams are responsible for statutory and early intervention services that drive outcomes for children and young people and the performance of schools, early years setting and colleges across a geographical area of Essex. Most of the delivery of our ECC education services take place within and across the quadrant teams, specifically School Effectiveness and SEND services.
Within the quadrant teams we manage our work collaboratively in multi-professional teams, aligned to a specific geographical cluster of schools, settings and colleges. Bringing SEND and School Effectiveness services closely together to drive whole school improvement and inclusive practice cohesively together.
As part of the quadrant leadership team, the SEND Quadrant Manager has responsibility for the management of statutory and early intervention SEND services across one of four quadrants of Essex. The service led by the SEND Quadrant Manager consists of Education Psychologists, Inclusion Partners, Engagement Facilitators and the SEND Operations team.
Together the SEND team delivers all responsibilities around Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for children and young people, as well as driving improvement in inclusive practice in schools, early years settings and colleges for the benefit of all children and young people.
The role involves the ongoing development and implementation of an innovative school led improvement system for special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) as well as significant multi-agency working to improve practice and operational performance across the local area Education, Health and Care landscape.
The post holder is responsible for ensuring that our SEND services are effectively managed and deployed to meet our SEND responsibilities to a high standard within a quadrant-based model, in line with the strategic county wide approach.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Qualified to degree level in a relevant subject area, or equivalent by experience with a relevant qualification and/or training in SEN.
- Successful experience of managing an SEN service or team.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge of best practice in the field of SEN.
- Relevant experience within the Education sector; evidence of a successful track record of delivering outcomes in the field of SEND.
- Evidence of success in determining and evaluating service quality and identifying opportunities to achieve efficiencies and financial sustainability.
- Extensive knowledge, understanding and practice in relation to SEND legislation.
- Evidence of effectively and sensitively dealing with a wide range of people regarding difficult and complex issues including use of effective negotiation.
- Proven track record of effective partnership working, which is collaborative, influential and engenders delivery of joint objectives.
- Exemplar leadership and behavioural skills with the ability to focus on results, forging a strong team from diverse backgrounds to achieve strategic objectives.
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