SEND Operations Assistant

On behalf of client Corus is looking to hire several SEND Operations Assistant who are based in Harlow CM20.
Please note, this is a full-time temporary assignment, 37 hours per week.

This role will be based at Harlow CM20, with some remote working too.
This is an exciting opportunity to support the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Operations team.

This is a programme of change for provision and services with the ambition to profoundly improve the outcomes and life experience of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Our vision is for a SEND system which identifies and assesses need at an earlier stage and which provides appropriate and impactful support without such high dependence on statutory services.

To allow us to properly support this program of change and respond to the additional demand, pressures and complexity, created by the on-going Covid19 pandemic, we are increasing our capacity in some critical areas on a fixed term basis.
Job Purpose and Accountabilities
The SEND Operations Assistant provides administration and support to deliver statutory duties for SEN assessment, monitoring and review.
The postholder is responsible for the following:
Maintaining a specified allocation of children and young people (CYP) with existing EHCPs (An Education, Health and Care Plan).

This will include the carrying out of all statutory processes relevant to each child and young person and their EHCP (annual review, amendment to EHCP, cease EHCP, IPRA,), taking responsibility for the progression of all allocated statutory work such that statutory timescales are met.

Coordinating and securing school placements for CYP at points of transition and liaising with relevant internal and external partners as appropriate.

Ensuring the Admissions Team are advised of decisions.

Co-ordinating the amendments of the EHCP following change of placement.
Recognising issues around individual CYP (attendance, safeguarding, lack of progress) and alerting senior managers, recommending and/or seeking advice on next steps.

Prepare and present information relating to the EHCPs within their allocation for submission to various decision-making panels and undertaking any follow-up work identified by the panel meeting; sharing the decisions with parents and partner agencies.

Communicating and explaining decisions which are not always positively received both verbally and in writing.
Representing SEND services by acting as a front-line contact for parents/carers, CYP, schools, settings and other partner agencies.

Recognising where issues need to be escalated.

Recognising safeguarding concerns and acting accordingly.

Signposting service users to relevant teams where appropriate and taking responsibility for responding directly to queries wherever possible.
Liaising with other local authorities for CYP who have moved into or are leaving Essex.

Ensuring correct paperwork is received and actioned accordingly.

Consulting and arranging school placements and arranging appropriate information to enable the amendments of the EHCPs.
Maintain tracking systems for all students who are at the point of phase transfer each year.

Provide support to SEND Operations Partners and SEND Operations Co-ordinators to ensure that statutory processes and timescales are fully complied with and that, where appropriate, EHCP’s are ceased in a timely manner.
Preparing a chronology/summary about individual CYPs to support response to priority work: Members Enquiries, Local Government Ombudsman Enquiries, Corporate Complaints and SEND Tribunals.

Involvement in any additional SEND Tribunal work arising; liaising with the Tribunal Teams and consulting and chasing responses from various provisions.
Sending out the agreed final versions of EHCPs in the specified timescale
Organisation and constant prioritisation of workload to manage high volume of incoming work on a daily basis, alerting senior colleagues where statutory obligations are compromised.

The Experience You Will Bring

Educated to RQF level 2 or equivalent by experience.
Evidence of continuing professional development relating to the LA’s statutory duty relating to CYP with SEND.
Thorough working knowledge of SEND Code of Practice 2015.
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to engage positively within difficult conversations.
Experience of working successfully as part of busy team in a business support or administrative environment.
Effective time management and prioritisation skills with the ability to manage own workload under pressure and adapt quickly and effectively to changing circumstances/situations.

  • Location: Harlow, England
  • Salary: Up to £12.39 per hour
  • Type: Contract
  • Recruiter: Corus Consultancy
  • Posted: 08-Jun-2022
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