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Special Educational Needs Officer


Job Description:

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Officer


Paying 160-200 per day


June – September


We are recruiting on behalf of our client for the below role;


  • to be responsible for aspects SEN casework , for children and young people aged 0 to 25, working with the SEN Casework Team across Oxfordshire in Banbury, Abingdon and Oxford.
  • to develop and secure the highest standards of achievement and inclusion for children and young people with SEN within the policy and budget framework
  • to assist in the development of policy, procedures and provision for children with SEN;


This post holder is responsible for ensuring that all Safeguarding Policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies




  • Manage and process, under the direction of the responsible SEN Team Leader, statutory casework within legal and internal timelines for a defined geographical area.
  • Manage the assessment of children and young people with special educational needs in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice including identifying those requiring need assessments, co-ordinating assessments, writing EHC plans and arranging appropriate provision to meet children’s needs.


  • Monitor the progress of children and young people with statements/EHC plans including amending statements/EHC plans in the light of Annual Reviews.  Attending Annual Reviews as appropriate. Supporting and coordinating Transfer reviews of Statements to EHC plans


  • Work in partnership with parents and other agencies to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN.


  • Promote the successful inclusion of children and young people with SEN.


  • Contribute to the development of policy, procedures and provision for children with SEN.


  • Participate in the Local Authority’s systems for monitoring and quality assurance for children and young people with SEN.


  • Maintain an up to date knowledge relating to SEN casework, including changes to national legislation and departmental policies.


  • Maintain and update on a regular basis, the information held on the SEN service files and databases and to retrieve data and produce management information reports as required.


  • Participate in the Application and Countywide Moderation and Resourcing Panels when required.


  • Prepare and present cases on behalf of the Local Authority for SENDIST.


  • Work in liaison with schools, colleges, other agencies, parents and young people to plan and provide suitable post 16 educational provision.


  • Work within an equal opportunities and Children’s Rights framework.


  • Monitor the work of assistant SEN officers when appropriate.


  • Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time by the Team Leader and senior managers.


Essential Criteria

* Higher education (degree or equivalent)

* Knowledge of the Code of Practice for SEN and new SEND reforms (Sept 2014), including identification, assessments and provision.

*Experience and regular use of Microsoft Office applications

Tribunal Experience

* SEN in schools and/or LA central administration

* Ability to use own initiative

* Proven ability to work effectively under pressure

* Knowledge of the Code of Practice for SEN, including identification, assessments and provision.

*Good Keyboard skills.

* Proven ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally

* Ability to work effectively as member of a team

* Effective organisational skills

* Ability to prioritise work

* Flexible approach to duties and working hours as necessary

* Proven record of good working relationships with other services.

* Satisfactory enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure(DBS)

* The ability to travel independently to a variety of premises, sometimes at short notice,


Desirable Criteria

* Experience of writing Statements/EHC plans or Statement/ EHC plan contributions

* Experience of tribunal work e.g. preparing case statements/representing LAs

* Budget monitoring or other financial experience

* Proven ability to manage difficult and sensitive issues/ interpersonal situations

* Knowledge of SEN provision in schools

* Qualified Teacher Status


To apply, please send your CV to the email address below or alternatively please call 01235 535858.

  • Job Type

    Temporary, Full Time

  • Work Authorisation


  • Industry Sector Education
  • Years Experience

    5+ years

  • Career Level

    Experienced (Non-Manager)

  • Educational level

    Bachelor's Degree

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