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Senior Special Needs Officer, Ref: 50051538

Special Educational Needs Service, currently home working, will be reviewed when Covid 19 restrictions are lifted

Grade 11, being £37,050 to £39,809 per annum

Contact: Telephone 01983 823134 or email callcentre@iow.gov.uk if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

Vacancy Reference: 50051538

Closing Date: 22/01/2021

The 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.


Working 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.


Other elements of this exciting role include:

  • Managing and overseeing a small case load of complex placements

  • Promote and lead on the implementation of the electronic SEN Hub         

  • Ensure the ongoing review and development of statutory SEN guidance to all stakeholders to make it relevant, accessible and in line with the person centred approach.

  • Provide the link between SENDIASS and the SEN Service in the management of any Mediations as and when required.

  • Provide the link between legal services and the SEN Service in the management of any Tribunals if necessary 

  • To chair and manage the SEN Panel and support multi-professional decision making regarding placement allocation, EHCP assessments and issuing of EHCPs.

  • Ensure 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

  • To 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.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.


This 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 commitment.


The 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 local community.


In 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.