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Area SEN Manager

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/26394/26107
  • Published: Mon 25/07/2022, 15:22 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £46,634 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

The starting salary for this role is £46,634 per hour for working 36 hours per week.

Are you passionate about achieving the best outcomes for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

Do you want to ensure we offer the best service for children, young people and their families?

Are you highly motivated and ready for a challenge?

Are you able to support a staff team to manage their statutory responsibilities effectively?

If so, then this may be the role for you.

In Surrey we are committed to ensuring that all children with a Special Educational Need (SEN) receive a high-quality service.

We want to children and their families to experience an outstanding service and we are looking to recruit a permanent SEN manager to lead the South West Team as part of our journey towards offering this. The Area SEN Manager (ASM) will work closely with the Service Managers and other quadrant ASMs to implement the service development plan.

The role will:

  • Ensure statutory responsibilities are met in the production of Education, Health and Care plans (EHCPs).
  • Ensure that Annual Reviews are completed inside statutory timescales through close partnership working with the admissions team and schools.
  • Work in close collaboration with key stakeholders such as children’s social care, health, parents/carers, children and young people to achieve best outcomes for children.
  • Require regular attendance at panel decision making meetings.
  • Manage budgets in accordance with financial procedures.
  • Ensure complaints are handled effectively and that the team learns from these.
  • Need you to use performance data to drive forward improvements.

Due to the nature of the role the post holder will be required to visit local schools to develop working relationships.

You will have:

  • A professional qualification and relevant registration where required with post qualification practical experience, or substantial relevant and practical experience across a number of areas and in depth specialist knowledge.
  • A deep understanding of relevant legislation and practice standards relating to SEND.
  • Knowledge and awareness of broader contextual factors affecting wider service delivery.
  • An ability to exercise evaluative judgement appropriately.
  • Proven written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with good negotiation and influencing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners/professionals.
  • Competence in a range of IT tools including MS Office and database management systems.
  • High level problem solving skills with the capacity to devise and implement innovative solutions.
  • Demonstrable experience in successful recruiting, managing, coaching and developing of staff.

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 14th August 2022.

Shortlisting will take place on 15th August 2022.

Interviews are likely to take place on either 22nd or 24th August 2022. As part of the interviews an exercise will be given in advance to be completed in a specified timescale.

An Enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) will be required for this role.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Jo McSherrie (Education and Inclusion Service Manager) on 07812 471292 or by e-mail at jo.mcsherrie@surreycc.gov.uk.

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


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/26394/26107
  • Published: Mon 25/07/2022, 15:22 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £46,634 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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