Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

Job Details

Worcestershire County Council is looking for an experienced SENCo to Social Care Division. You should have a through understanding of the SEND legislation and proven experience of delivering excellent results.

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Responsibilities, duties, and tasks

1) To act as the coordinator for a caseload of children and young people who either have an EHCP or are undergoing assessment for an EHCP. Being responsible for the coordination, creation, and implementation of a child-centred EHCPs, for complex cases, in a timely manner and in-line with organisational policies and procedures. (Children and Families Act 2014, and the SEND Code of Practice 2014).

2) To provide effective supervision and case management and oversight of a team of SEND Admin Officers.

3) To hold a complex caseload of children and young people, to manage casework issues relating to their EHCP, or through Annual Review.

4) To attend annual reviews, monitoring progress towards outcomes and amending EHCPs in a timely manner to ensure educational provision continues to best meet the needs of the child/young person.

5) Reviewing transport decisions following complaints.

6) To participate in a multi-agency approach to the creation and amendment of an EHCP, forming high quality relationships with families, educational settings, and key staff within:

  • Education and Skills,
  • Children’s and Adult’s social care Services,
  • Health,
  • Other agencies (including SENDIASS) as appropriate.

7) To line-manage a team of SEND Admin Officers, carrying out 1-1 supervision, coaching, and providing continued professional development opportunities.

8) To monitor specific processes and systems that lead to efficient and effective working across the team, and/or across the service.

9) To monitor the approach, and quality assure EHCPs so they are clear and well-structured, with effective SMART outcomes that are child-centred and support preparation for adulthood.

10) To be able to make financial decisions up to top up band E3.

11) To support the SEND Team Manager with the complaints process, attending meetings with parents/carers to negotiate a resolution. To represent the service at dispute resolution and mediation in the absence of the Team Manager.

12) To produce accurate reports to be submitted to SEND Managers in relation to KPIs and team progress.

13) To act as link officer for a school (including alternative provision and special schools).

14) To lead staff inductions for the SEND Admin Officers and Admin staff, ensuring mandatory training (including SEND processes) is completed.

15) To support and deputise for the SEND Manager, as and when required.

16) To ensure the welfare of children and young people, adhering to the Worcestershire County Council safeguarding policy.

Pay rate: £200 per day umbrella

One year contract with view to extend or make permanent