Senior Special Needs Officer is a key post within the wider Special Educational
Needs Service providing the leadership and management of the Statutory SEN
Assessment and Review Team which carries out all Education, Health and Care
Needs Assessments and maintains the Local Authority’s Education, Health and
Care Plans (EHCP’s) to ensure that Isle of Wight SEN processes demonstrate best
practice and become a positive experience for all stakeholders, but in
particular for children and young people, and their families.
closely with the Acting Assistant SEN Service Manager promoting co-production
with families and strong interagency working with social care, school and NHS
colleagues, signing up to the person-centred approach not only within the SEN
Service but also developing it within the wider remit of settings, schools and
FE establishments this post is fundamental in building on the good practice
identified in the recent SEND Ofsted Inspection.
elements of this exciting role include:
and overseeing a small case load of complex placements
and lead on the implementation of the electronic SEN Hub
the ongoing review and development of statutory SEN guidance to all
stakeholders to make it relevant, accessible and in line with the person
the link between SENDIASS and the SEN Service in the management of any
Mediations as and when required.
the link between legal services and the SEN Service in the management of any
Tribunals if necessary
chair and manage the SEN Panel and support multi-professional decision making
regarding placement allocation, EHCP assessments and issuing of EHCPs.
that data systems are maintained, accurate and reflect what is required to
include relevant support to the DAIT team for our statutory returns i.e. SEN2
and Alternative Provision
support appropriate FOI’s and update EMS system as appropriate.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Anita
Pitman (Acting Assistant SEN Manager) or Kate Symes (SEN Service Manager) on 01983
821000 ext. 8424.
out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment
policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this
Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively
promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options
(where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees. The Isle of Wight Council is an equal
opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all
cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our
addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident
Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential
requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled,
they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.
In the interests of efficiency and
economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the
final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager
within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will
not have been successful on this occasion.
Please note that this role
falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and
Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and
employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council
delivers, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s
services functions and did so for an agreed period of five years from 1 July
2013, the original five year partnership arrangement under direction of the
Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both
local authorities for a further five years.
The management reporting
line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s
Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational
responsibility for children’s services.