Head of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Bexley (City/Town), London (Greater)
Up to £69,500 pa (inclusive of Choices Flexible Benefits of £3,789)
01 Mar 2018
21 Mar 2018
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

Here at the London Borough of Bexley we are looking to appoint a strategic Head of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to support us in the delivery of an ambitious improvement plan with improved outcomes for children and young people at the heart of it.

Reporting to the Interim Deputy Director for Educational Achievement & Inclusion you will be responsible for the Council’s statutory assessment service which includes commissioning support for the statutory assessments, SEN transport and independent and out of borough school placements.  You will also provide a strategic professional and management lead for a range of services including Educational Psychologists, Early Intervention Team and Specialist Advisory Teachers based within multi-disciplinary integrated teams.

You will have detailed experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of SEN and individual needs.  You will ensure confidence and transparency in decision-making, service allocations and quality of provision for those children subject to SEN statutory assessment including those with Education, Health and Care Plans and severe and/or complex SEN requirements.  In addition, you will ensure that educational psychology and specialist services practice contributes effectively to improving educational outcomes for children and young people.

You will act as the strategic lead to drive our AEN and SEN interventions for vulnerable children and young people.  With a specialism and proven track record in this area you will ensure that developments and policies emerging at a national, regional and local level are identified and influenced at the earliest opportunity.  You will then act as the Council’s professional lead in ensuring their implementation at a local level.

You will have extensive experience in successfully monitoring and reviewing performance against statutory requirements, service standards, targets and approved budgets.  You will also be able to demonstrate clear successes in leading the commissioning and managing of large complex budgets with evidence of taking corrective action. 

We are ambitious for innovation, creative thinking and change.  A strong and experienced leader, you will drive an ever relentless focus on high quality experiences for families enabled by strong and dedicated specialist services.  You will bring vision, passion, leadership skills and an operational expertise that will facilitate the changes that we are ready to make.

It is an exciting time for us and you will join a strong leadership team which will offer you an ideal opportunity to influence how we organise and deliver our vision.

Within the Council there is a highly developed understanding of the complexity and importance of the work we do. This means that there is wholehearted political and organisational support to deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and families.

It’s a chance to build on existing good practice but we’ll also want you to ask questions and to challenge how things are done. The Council has made a significant investment in Children’s Services and that comes with high expectations. You’ll need to bring a distinct focus on high quality professional practice and an emphasis on effective performance management and leadership oversight. If now is the time for you to join a team that is excited and committed to its next phase of improvement and practice change, then please call us.

Bexley has adopted Signs of Safety as its practice model.  This strengths and solution focused ethos of working with families and colleagues is threaded throughout all areas of Children’s Social Care.  As part of your role you will work with and embed this practice framework.  The framework is having a positive impact practice development, effective engagement with families, staff morale, and motivation across the service.

What we offer:

  • Our Choices Flexible Benefits Package includes lease car, and cash options to the value of £3,789 per annum
  • Relocation Package up to £8,000
  • Career Average Revalued Earnings Pension Scheme
  • Performance Related Pay
  • Up to 27 days Annual Leave (rising to 30 after 5 years’ service) plus Bank Holiday Entitlement
  • Annual Leave Purchase Scheme
  • An excellent working environment at our fantastic new offices
  • Opportunities for flexible working with excellent ICT facilities
  • MyChoice Staff Benefit Scheme – Includes Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme, access to high street shopping vouchers and online discount codes.

View more about our employment deal here.

Closing Date: Wednesday 21st March 2018

Bexley is an outer London Borough with the best of both worlds, located between the hustle and bustle of London and the Garden of England, Kent. Within the borough we have award winning parks, open spaces and listed heritage sites.

For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please call Steve Guest at Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311.

How to apply

Please submit an up-to-date CV supported by a personal statement (not to exceed four pages of A4) that outlines how your knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role.

Please submit your application to applications@solace.org.uk by no later than noon on the indicated closing date.

You will receive an acknowledgement of safe receipt within one working day but if you have any concerns please call Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311.

Alternatively you can send a hard copy application to:

Solace in Business

Off Southgate


West Yorkshire


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