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Fair Access and Appeals Manager

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/67959/19828
  • Published: Wed 29/12/2021, 11:57 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 - £44,619 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

The starting salary for this role is £40,227 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week. 

This post is set within Surrey’s School Admissions team, which has responsibility for delivering the mainstream school admissions service - coordinating the normal round admissions process for all schools and managing the in-year admissions service; arranging placement of challenging and vulnerable children under the Fair Access Protocol; tracking and monitoring applications up to the date children start school; and identifying and referring children who might be missing education. These are complex areas of work which are heavily regulated. The admissions process has statutory application and offer dates which must be met, creating a highly pressurised environment.

As part of the School Admissions team you will have responsibility for the management and operation of Surrey’s Fair Access Protocol as well as the school admission appeals process for Surrey’s community and voluntary controlled schools. You will also have oversight of ensuring Looked After children are placed in school within statutory timeframes and that in year placements are tracked to going on roll.

You will be responsible for the ongoing operational review of Surrey’s Fair Access Protocol, as well as the placement and tracking of fair access pupils in line with the Protocol. You will be required to arrange and attend fair access placement panels, as required, and to ensure all placements are arranged within statutory timescales. You will be required to maintain accurate data on fair access requests and placements and to regularly share these with schools and colleagues. You will have oversight of all fair access placements, challenging schools who fail to comply with the Protocol and instigating the direction process when required.

You will have some line management responsibility, including for several admission appeal presenters, and other colleagues will be equally dependent on your expertise. You will provide training to team members on completing appeals documentation and will train officers presenting appeals on behalf of the local authority. You will also be required to present admission appeals as required.

In this varied and exciting role you will be key to ensuring our team continues its track record of meeting targets, continual improvement and satisfying legislative requirements.

You will be an experienced manager of both people and resources, with experience of working within school admissions, including knowledge of Fair Access Protocols. You will have experience of presenting case work and for resolving difficult situations through negotiation with stakeholders, whilst working within a legal framework. You will effortlessly handle difficult or sensitive situations. You will also possess outstanding IT, presentation, communication and problem solving skills, combining these with an ability to manage your own and others' workloads.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 16/01/2022.

Interviews will take place on 24/01/2022.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Janet Carless at janet.carless@surreycc.gov.uk or Claire Potier at claire.potier@surreycc.gov.uk

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/67959/19828
  • Published: Wed 29/12/2021, 11:57 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 - £44,619 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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