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Lead for High Needs/SEN Strategic Planning Review

Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council

  • Reference: B&H02522
  • Published on: Fri 09/06/2017 10:55 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 15/06/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time, Temporary
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: £51,731 - £55,223
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Brighton
Advert introduction

Interviews to be confirmed.

The DfE are providing Local Authorities with funding for next financial year to review their High Needs Block spend and to make the necessary changes to ensure provision meets all needs and is good value for money.

The LA is seeking an experienced professional with wide experience of SEND, systems leadership and budget management to continue our work to review SEND and the use of the High Needs Block funding grant.

Main advert detail

This post will take forward plans to:

• ensure children and families are at the heart of all we do
• promote best outcomes for children and young people with SEND and smooth the transition to adulthood
• implement the review of special school and PRU provision
• work together with health and care services to support holistic integrated assessment and provision

• review the work of the Inclusion Support Services
• ensure the LA builds skills and resilience appropriately in mainstream schools through information, advice, guidance and training
• ensure the LA provides sufficient equitable funding to mainstream schools to enable them to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND

Activities will involve working with schools, colleges and other providers, and with parents and young people.

The LA intends to use the funding provided to increase its capacity so that their review and planning of special provision continues to be high-quality and collaborative, where appropriate undertaken jointly with neighbouring authorities. The post-holder will also help implement existing plans and initiatives.

Brighton & Hove City Council – Taking Action for Equality.

Contact details

For further information please contact: Anna Czepil, Head of SEN Statutory Services - Telephone number: 01273 296736

Additional information

The government has published guidance on how it wishes to see review, planning and implementation carried out in guidance accessed through the link below with the relevant section being CHAPTER 4 - High needs funding reform - Stage 2

The LA’s review report of SEN and disabilities was published in January 2015 and can be accessed here: SEND Review Report - January 2015

The final structure of the SEN support services restructure to form the Brighton and Hove Inclusive Support Service was published in March 2016 and can be accessed here: Review of Learning Support Services

The most recent report to CYPS committee on the proposed re-design of special schools and PRUs was published this year in March 2017 and can be accessed here AGENDA ITEM 75: Special school and PRU Reorganisation Committee report


Please note both LA and school secondments may be considered for this post. Secondments will be on current pay but LA officers conditions will apply with the normal leave entitlement of 30 days (pro rata for part time working).

Those applying will need to have the permission of their line manager or Chair of Governors as backfill arrangements will need to be secured as appropriate. The LA cannot consider secondees who do not have the informed permission of line managers or Chairs of Governors for their application.

This post is full-time but the LA is prepared to consider applications from those who would only wish to work part-time if other capacity can be sourced to ensure there is full time cover.

The Soulbury pay range for this post is Education Improvement Professionals points 16 – 19 plus SPAs with a salary of £52248 to £55775 (up to £58,027 including SPAs), however expressions of interest are encouraged from anyone interested and secondment on current pay and conditions may be considered.

Brighton & Hove City Council does not accept CV or resume.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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