SEN Officer (Annual Reviews)
We are seeking an experienced SEN officer with responsibility for the statutory annual review process, to join the SEN Team at Medway Council.
The role includes co-ordination of the processing of the statutory annual review documents from schools and educational settings, ensuring that all requested information is included, scrutiny of the child or young person’s progress against outcomes specified, including determination as to whether outcomes are still relevant/appropriate and liaison with schools/educational settings, parents of young people.
You must have a high standard of written and spoken English, the ability, and preferably, experience of having written action plans in some form for children and young people with SEN, and the ability to communicate effectively and concisely, including the ability to challenge where required.
You must also have demonstrable experience of ability to organise own workload to meet tight deadlines, coping well under pressure and difficult situations and ability to identify and act on own development needs.
The successful person will be expected to attend meetings with schools/educational settings and parents/carers, as well as other agencies, including attendance at the statutory annual reviews to offer advice and explanation as required. The arranging, preparation of paperwork and chairing of annual reviews is also required for some young people.
Please be aware that within this role there is very little direct contact or work with the children or young people themselves.
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Genny Cherriman on 01634 331108
Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.
Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS
If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.
All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.