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Senior SEN School Age Officer OCC69069

Job details


Salary range: £42,821 - £45,859 per annum

Work location: Knights Court, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Friday 25th June 2021

Interview date: To be confirmed


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. 




An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in our Special Educational Needs Casework Team with particular emphasis on Age 0 – 14 (School Age Team).



About us


The successful candidate will be joining three existing Senior Officers in supporting the Lead Officer and in line managing our large team of SEN Officers and Assistant SEN Officers across three geographical areas within Oxfordshire.



About the role


Reporting to the School Age Lead Officer, you will be responsible for the line-management of the School Age SEN Officers and ensuring that all statutory deadlines are met. You will also take a lead responsibility for advising parents, schools, colleges and providers, to ensure they understand the SEND Legislation, and are able to meet to resolve any issues that arise.

 To guarantee that all processes are compliant with the Children & Families Act 2014, you will need to ensure that;

•    a transition process for children into formal schooling and from primary to secondary schooling is in place and monitored;
•    all placements carry out annual reviews; 
•    EHC plans are amended in a timely way following receipt of the paperwork. 
Your role will also involve the preparation of cases for Tribunal and, in some cases, representing the Local Authority in defending a Tribunal appeal.
You will be based in one of the area offices across Oxfordshire (Abingdon, Oxford or Banbury).




About you


The successful candidate will be confident and skilled in SEN Casework with an excellent knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and relevant Legislation. You will be adept in problem solving, working within statutory timeframes, dealing with complex casework and liaising with families and key agencies to ensure best provision and outcomes for our children and young people. You will be a skilled communicator and have excellent leadership and line management skills. You will have significant Tribunal management experience.



Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria.


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Bianca Sankey, School Age Lead Officer, on 07825105457.



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form on the Home Page.



Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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