It is an exciting time to join Bracknell Forest, we are looking for a leader who not only has the experience, knowledge and ability to inspire a team of officers, but also the empathy to understand the pressures on this service area in the current SEND and SEN Support landscape.
We support our young people with SEND, and their families, so that they can live their best lives and to achieve the highest outcomes.
This is a key role in a Council which is undertaking a major transformation of its special educational needs (SEND) services in order to strengthen even further the support provided to over 1260 children and young people with Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans and 2500 in SEN Support.
We believe that it is the right of every child and young person to have access to high quality education, with the right support, so that they can achieve the best outcomes possible as adults. We are determined to work with our partners to develop processes around co-production and ensure this is embedded at all levels. We can then produce strategies that lead to co-delivery of services, making the best use of resources available for children and young people with SEND. This is your chance to make a lasting impact.
Along the way you’ll have the support and training you need to thrive. We’ll help you to be at your best, so we can be at ours.
Bracknell Forest Council work with families, education settings and our partner services to help children and young people from birth to adulthood to help identify the best educational path so that they can flourish, make progress and be happy.
Every child or young person with SEND deserves the first class support in order to achieve the best outcomes possible and to have the widest range of options as adults. The range of needs we work with is wide, including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia; autism and ADHD/ADD; medical conditions; mobility and sensory impairment, and complex needs.
We believe that partnership working with our social care and health partners is key to achieving our ambition to be a centre of excellence for SEND. At the heart of this are high quality Education, Care and Health (EHC) plans that are co-produced with children, young people and their families.
Once children and young people have a high quality EHC plan, it is important to carry out a robust process of reviewing the progress and support to ensure that they continue to achieve the highest outcomes. A robust phase transfer system supports their transition to the next stage of education and preparation for adulthood.
Where issues and appeals still arise, we want to adopt a “Next Steps” informal mediation approach to find creative solutions in partnership with our families
Because we’re Bracknell Forest.
What it’s like working in our team…
You will be leading an SEND team in Bracknell Forest that works closely together to support children, young people and their families. You will have the support of your colleagues but also the opportunity to develop the team moving forward. All local authority special needs teams are facing key challenges at the moment but there are opportunities to find creative solutions and you have the knowledge that you are improving the lives for children and young people every day.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
- Manage a high-performing team of SEND Case Officers to plan, deliver and monitor all reviews, including phase transfers for pupils in transitioning to the next stage of education. Ensuring that necessary amendments are completed in a timely manner.
- Working closely with social care and health partners to ensure that Preparation for Adulthood procedures are as effective as possible for young people with SEND.
- Responding to complaints and requests for information in line with the Council’s procedures, ensuring that a “Next Steps” informal mediation approach is at the heart of our resolutions approach.
- Develop and maintain a system for gathering and evaluating customer satisfaction, following completion of a statutory assessment process, using this process to drive continuous improvement.
The benefits you will experience are…
- An inclusive and social working environment.
- Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
- Internal sports and social club opportunities.
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
- Supermarket discount.
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.
What we’re looking for…
We are looking for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and reliable person who is passionate about supporting young people with SEND to achieve their potential. You will have the confidence to inspire a team of officers to develop excellent SEND services as well as collaborating with families, education settings, internal and external partners.
Interview date TBC
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role, please contact:
Neil Hoskinson, Interim Head of SEND; 01344 354036
As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.
Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.
No agencies please.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.