Job TitleEducation Officer
Job SectorEducation & SEN Support Staff
Job Salary... (per annum)
Job TypeFull Time
Term of WorkTemporary
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