SEND Operations Coordinator
Fixed Term, Full Time
Up to £30,025 per annum
Working Style: Fixed-base worker
Closing Date: 11th August 2022
Please note this is a fixed term contract until 31/03/2023
This is an exciting opportunity to support our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Operations team. 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).
The SEND Operations Co-ordinator administers the Education Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment process for children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disabilities.
The postholder is responsible for:
- Coordinating the EHC Needs Assessment and EHC Plan review processes for a specified caseload, efficiently and effectively, in line with the Children and Families Act 2014, the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and Essex local authority procedures.
- Being a single point of contact for families and partners during the EHCNA providing advice and information throughout the assessment. Ensure children, young people and their families are fully involved in the EHCNA and/or review process.
- Monitor existing EHC Plans by attending the first annual review to assess progress towards outcomes and the continued delivery of special educational provision in accordance with CYP's EHCP's.
- Receiving and interpreting reports and advice to prepare an EHCP which is of sufficiently high quality to reduce the risk of legal challenge within Tribunal and High Court arenas and comply with the requirements of the legislation and SEND Code of Practice.
- Drafting and amending EHCP's that are accessible and outcome focused. Identifying indicative budgets for the Operations Lead.
- Act as the LA representative at formal and informal dispute resolution meetings relating to requests for EHC needs assessments.
- 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 to monitoring and track pupil records.
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
The Experience You Will Bring
- Educated to RQF level 3 as a minimum or equivalent by experience.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
- Knowledge or experience of working with young people with special educational needs and disabilities and with their families including families that services find hard to reach.
- Thorough working knowledge of SEND Code of Practice 2015 and the Children and Families Act 2014.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with a varied audience including professionals and parents/carers who may have additional needs.
- Effective time management and prioritisation skills with the ability to manage own workload and adapt quickly and effectively to changing circumstances/situations.
- Ability to chair meetings and liaise with other professionals within education, Health and Social Care.