The Special Educational Needs Team has a vacancy for a full time SEN Casework Assistant. The successful candidate will work proactively to support the SEN Casework Officers, assist them in managing their caseloads and promote joint working with parents/carers, schools and other agencies. With the upcoming rollout of online services to support applications for EHC Plans we're looking for someone confident in their ICT skills with a keen interest in learning more about Special Educational Needs.
Interview date: tbc
For an informal discussion, please contact James Hanks - SEN Business Manager 01273 293494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the role
The SEN Team is responsible for the administration of the assessment of children and young people with Special Educational Needs in line with the requirements of the SEN Code of Practice. Working in a busy environment, the SEN Casework Assistant will play a key role in supporting the service to ensure statutory requirements are met and support SEN Casework Officers in preparing, planning and overseeing the implementation of children/young people’s EHCPs on a daily basis.
While a background in education, social care or special educational needs are advantageous, they are not essential. You will need to evidence excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to relate well to parents, carers and professionals.
You will also need to demonstrate strong communication and prioritisation skills. You will be working to statutory deadlines and will need to have a flexible approach but will have a supportive team around you. There is an emphasis on team working and striving for continuous improvement to our service, within a customer care environment.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
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