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Special Needs Officer

  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE02940
  • Published: Wed 06/01/2021, 1:48 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 05/02/2021, 1:48 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37:00
  • Salary: £40203 - £41443 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Chichester


The Special Educational Needs Assessment Team (SENAT) manage the decisions and processes concerned with the statutory education health and care needs assessment process for learners with an education, health and care plan (EHCP), the placement of children in learning settings and the allocation of resources to settings.

The team considers suitability of and, where appropriate, arranges the assessment and placement of children, young people and young adults with special educational needs in accordance with the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 (Part 3, SEN) and associated regulations, including the SEN Code of Practice, to ensure that the statutory assessment procedures are followed and that EHCPs are issued and reviewed within the timescales laid down by the regulations. This will be achieved through direct work with parents, educational settings, young people, health, social care and other external customers and partnership organisations to establish the best ways to support learning for children and Young People (0 - 25).

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Salary: £40,203 - £41,443 per annum, pro rata £16,081 - £16,577
Working Pattern: 14.8 hours per week, part-time
Contract: Permanent
Location: County Hall, Chichester
Interview Date: TBC (interviews to take place via MS Teams, Skype or equivalent)

The Special Educational Needs Assessment Team (SENAT) manages the decisions and processes associated with the statutory education, health and care needs assessment process, including the placement of Children and Young People in settings and the allocation of resources.

This exciting and varied role provides monitoring, advice and support to a range of educational settings. You will work collaboratively with a wide range of professionals and families to ensure the needs of our most vulnerable learners are met. You will have excellent communication skills and be passionate about making a difference for children and young people with SEND.

You will be working within the Special Educational Needs Assessment Team, joining a small team of Special Needs Officers - each Officer covers a specific geographical area of West Sussex, whilst also working collaboratively together to support inclusive practice across the whole of West Sussex.

We are looking for a qualified teacher with a specialist SEN qualification, or equivalent experience, to join our service as a Special Needs Officer.

You will need to be committed to supporting equality and diversity, with high levels of confidentiality. We are looking for someone who is respectful of all customers, with a focus on delivering services to those customers.

If you are a qualified teacher committed to helping Children and Young People with SEND achieve their outcomes, we would be very pleased to hear from you.


Key Skills:

  1. Excellent organisational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  2. Good communication skills - both oral and written
  3. Ability to work collaboratively within the SEN Team and Children and Young People's Services (CYPS), other agencies and parents
  4. Provide high quality and efficient support for pupils, parents and staff in maintained schools
  5. Anticipate problems, plan solutions and make informed decisions
  6. Interpret the statutory regulations and Special Educational Needs Code of Practice to advise SEN Co-ordinators and parents how they relate to individual pupils
  7. Use a range of information and communications technology to manage personnel record keeping and other communication functions
  8. Ability to use expertise for legal processes such as Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
  9. Commitment to continuous professional development
  10. Creative, innovative and forward thinking
  11. Commitment to the achievement of excellence within the Special Education Team as an integral part of CYPS
  12. Evidence of successfully applied time management skills.
  13. Personal resilience and an ability to balance independent and collaborative working
  14. Contribute to the development and implementation of CYPS policies and working practices.
  15. Pay close attention to detail and meet appropriate deadlines

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • Qualified teacher status - essential
  • Specialist SEN qualification or equivalent.
  • Further qualifications and/or experience in an advisory role - Desirable
  • Involvement in providing training relating to special educational needs and inclusive education - Desirable
  • Recent successful teaching experience.
  • Previous recent involvement in multi-disciplinary initiatives relating to children with special needs.
  • Proven expertise in the implementation of the statutory SEN processes and Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
  • Clear understanding of the role of the special educational needs team within the LA.
  • Knowledge of recent government papers and legislation relating to special educational needs.
  • Knowledge of the LA policies and procedures for identifying, assessing and meeting special educational needs.
  • Understanding of the importance of working in partnership with parents, school staff and voluntary agencies.
  • Knowledge of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

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  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE02940
  • Published: Wed 06/01/2021, 1:48 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 05/02/2021, 1:48 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37:00
  • Salary: £40203 - £41443 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Chichester

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