Isle of Wight Council

SEN Service

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Manager SEN Specialist Services (Ref: 2022_58)

County Hall Newport

Grade 15 £60,892 - £65,621 per annum

Vacancy Reference: 50051513

Closing Date: 31/01/2023

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead our SEN Specialist services.  The post is responsible for ensuring that the SEN Assessment and Review team achieve all of their statutory duties in line with legislation, but also to ensure that the service is providing a high level of support to our school leaders.  The post also has The Speech and Language, Specialist Teaching services as well as the Early Years team under its management.

The post is based at County Hall in Newport but will require the successful candidate to be able to travel across the island to visit schools and settings as well as hold meetings with parents as required.

The successful candidate will need to have a high level of knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and will need to be able to provide strong leadership to the services they manage.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Jayne Howarth on

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

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the
Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. 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, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Recruitment, Policy and Procedure 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.

his 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 has delivered, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and will continue to do so until 2023. 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.

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. 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. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.


Closing Date: 31st January 2023