Hillingdon Council: Putting our residents first.
Hillingdon Council are building on the best practice learnt through the implementation of the SEND Reforms to make some exciting changes to our SEND Services. We are committed to delivering the best service possible to children and young people with SEND and their families and want to work closely with our educational settings to ensure special educational needs and disabilities are well supported. About the jobThis position offers a competitive salary, Soulbury points 3-6, plus the opportunity to progress through three SPA (Structured Professional Assessment) points.
In order to progress to a more holistic and integrated way of working, we have established a new multi-disciplinary, 0-25years, SEND Advisory Service. The new SEND Advisory Team merges several existing, outstanding professionals, including SEND Key Workers, Language and ASD specialists and the Multi-Sensory team. We are seeking to appoint 2 new, dynamic Principal SEND Advisors to become an integral part of this enterprising team.
The role of Principal SEND Advisor will involve collaborating with a diverse range of schools and educational settings, such as nurseries, childminders, children’s centres and early years’ centres, in order to support children and young people with SEND, and their families. You will be working in close partnership with the School Improvement Team and will be responsible for working collaboratively with Educational Senior Leadership Teams to evaluate the effectiveness of SEND Provision.
You will support a team of Early Years Advisors to ensure that a high level, joined up service is being provided, and that children and young people with SEND are being supported to fulfil their potential. You will work in partnership with educational settings across the borough to identify and support children who may have special educational needs or disabilities, which includes providing training where required.
This is a vital role, as you will play a key role in the support and development of our younger residents with SEND. You will also work closely with families/carers to help them better understand their child's needs and behaviours.About the person
We are looking for somebody with significant experience of working with children in educational settings, and delivering and overseeing the provision of services to individuals with special educational needs and disabilities. You will also have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). You will be working with a range of different people, such as children, families, carers, teachers, schools and other social care services across Hillingdon, so it is essential that you have excellent communication skills and the ability to build and sustain effective working relationships.
You must be knowledgeable on relevant legislation and child development, passionate about working with children and young people with SEND and committed to providing an exceptional service.
You must be motivated to deliver results, and will be expected to take ownership of your personal development, as well as the development of your team. We strive to ensure that we continuously improve our service, and you will play an essential part in supporting this.
The Principal SEND Advisor is a key role, and we are looking for somebody who can work flexible hours where required, in order to meet service needs. The work is varied with a range of challenges, but is also incredibly rewarding.Benefits
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
local government average salary pension scheme
a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
generous holiday entitlement
season ticket loan
access to a Credit Union
access to a wide range of training and courses
discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
payment of professional fees where these are required
discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools
cycle purchase scheme
30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses