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SEN Tribunals Officer ISEND Assessment and Planning

Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time

Closing date:  Sunday 21 August 2022

Interview date: Monday 5 September 2022 the interview will be held at County Hall, Lewes. Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer an alternative date.

For an informal discussion, please contact James Kelly SEND Tribunals Lead Manager on 01273 336740. 

An opportunity has arisen in the Assessment and Planning team, part of the Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability (ISEND) Service, for a role of an SEN Tribunal Officer.

We are looking for an officer to represent the Local Authority at the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) hearings and to facilitate ongoing work in reducing the number of appeals to SENDIST.

You will deliver effective case management of SEN appeals to ensure that the Local Authority discharges its statutory responsibilities effectively in relation to appeals to SENDIST.

You will have knowledge and understanding of current SEN legislation and reform, statutory procedures and processes governing the provision of services for children and young people with special educational needs.

You will have excellent communication and analytical skills and proven negotiation skills that achieve desired outcomes. You will have an excellent working knowledge of the Children and Families Act, the SEND Code of Practice and its implementation through the SEND reforms. You will be an innovative problem solver who demonstrates resilience and positivity whilst seeking solutions. You will have excellent organisational and time management skills to adhere to statutory timescales.

What can ISEND offer you?

  • A motivated team committed to the continuous improvement of outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
  • A commitment to a model of reflective practice based on regular supervision to support all employees in their professional development.
  • A continued professional development (CPD) programme to ensure your personal and professional skills and knowledge are enhanced and developed to support the performance of the service.
  • A fellow team of motivated and committed team leaders and officers, and a supportive wider ISEND management team, who are committed to the ISEND vision of ‘championing change for children, relentlessly pursuing positive outcomes for children and young people, enabling them to thrive in their local community’.

Additional Information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.


Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

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  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/1079/26163

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Lewes

  • Salary
  • £33,725 to £36,429

  • Closing date
  • 21 August 2022

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council

  • Department
  • Children Services

  • Contract type
  • Permanent

  • Work pattern
  • Full Time

  • Hours
  • 37

  • Job type
  • Administration and Clerical