Vacancy

Education Officer

Role Details

Job Title

Education Officer

Location

Liverpool

Job Sector

Education & SEN Support Staff

Job Salary

... (per annum)

Job Type

Full Time

Term of Work

Temporary

Description

Our client is looking for an Education Officer to co-ordinate the statutory assessment process for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and review and monitor pupils’ progress against outcomes.

This roles is to cover a secondment and would be suited to someone with a background in Special Educational Needs and links with Schools.

Temporary post from October 2016 to January 2017 (this may be extended).

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • To co-ordinate the statutory assessment process for pupils with SEND for a specific group of schools in the City including managing the EHC planning process from assessment through to placement and review.
  • To ensure that all statutory timescales are met in relation to the drawing up of the EHC plan.
  • To deputise for the Senior Education Officer, SEND as required.
  • To ensure that parents/carers and children and young people are at the centre of all planning and review.
  • To ensure that children and young people attend maintained schools in Liverpool wherever possible and that every possible effort is made to support them within the City.
  • To liaise closely with partners, in particular Social Care and Health in the drawing up of an EHC plan.
  • To ensure that parents/carers are informed about the Personal Budget process.
  • To liaise closely with Finance/Business Support/Transport colleagues to ensure they have up to date information on pupil placements and costs.
  • To keep up to date with all changes in SEND legislation, policy and guidance.
  • To advise parents on all aspects of the EHC assessment process.
  • To co-ordinate and process outcomes from annual reviews and ensure that the EHC is kept up to date.
  • To monitor placements and allocated places and contribute towards the identification of new and/or expanded provision.
  • To ensure that when placing a child, the options appraisal process is rigorously followed and that Value for Money principles are applied.
  • To liaise with schools, head teachers, governing bodies and other professionals within Children’s Services and partner agencies on all aspects of the statutory assessment process.
  • To collaborate closely with external agencies including the Educational Psychology Service, the Special Educational Needs Integrated Support Service (SENISS), Health Authority, Parent Partnership Service, Social Inclusion and NEYS.
  • To attend all relevant panel meetings as requested by the Senior Education Officer.
  • To lead or contribute to project management / development within the service.
  • To contribute towards the development of policy and procedures in relevant areas of the Service’s work.
  • To deal with appeals including SENDIST cases and Ombudsman hearings including any follow-up actions.
  • To undertake any other professional duties which fall within the remit of the post as identified by, and agreed with, the Senior Education Officer, SEND.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Recent experience (within the last two years) of working within an educational/Children’s Services environment
  • Experience of working as part of a team, or teams, including multi agency teams
  • Experience of working with parents and carers
  • Working experience and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the Children and Families Act 2014 and all associated legislation including SENDIST regulations
  • High level of communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work using own initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Mediation and negotiation skills
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • High level presentation and interpersonal skills
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