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Senior SEND Officer
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: 9078
  • Published: Tue 25/02/2020, 11:50 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 29/03/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £33,123 - £36,138 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Watling House, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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Senior SEND Officer

Team: SEND Team

Job Family: CBG11 - Supporting

Salary: £33,123 - £36,138 per annum 
Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week

Base Location: Watling House, Dunstable

Closing Date: 29th March 2020
Interview Date: 2nd April 2020  


More about the role: 

Central Bedfordshire Council would like to offer the opportunity to work as a Senior SEND Officer with the SEND Team within Children’s Services. We are currently recruiting to two posts in-line with an agreed expansion of the existing team from April 2020. Successful applicants will have proven experience of working within the parameters of the SEND Code of Practice, a working knowledge of SEND Legislation and procedures and a history of working directly with children and young people with SEND. The successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and experience of writing and/or contributing to high quality Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and an ability to review and amend EHCPs in accordance with statutory guidance. 


About the SEND Team 

The SEND team is responsible for carrying out statutory duties and processes linked to Education, Health and Care Plans for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. The team works with children, young people, parents and professionals to co-produce education, health and care plans and agreeing provision and educational placement.


Other duties of the team include:

  • receipt and decision-making regarding requests for EHC Needs Assessments
  • gathering information during the EHC Needs Assessment
  • co-ordination and writing of EHCPs
  • monitoring of annual reviews (please note: the team's attendance is not a statutory requirement)
  • processing of annual review documentation
  • consulting with schools and supporting school admissions for pupils with an EHCP
  • preparation of cases for our SEND panels and providing feedback to parents and settings
  • case management and work regarding SEN Tribunals (SENDIST)
  • providing advice to schools, parents and professionals regarding statutory processes
  • facilitation of training regarding statutory processes for professionals and parents


About the Senior SEND Officer Role 

Our Senior SEND Officers are responsible for the effective oversight and management of a caseload of Education, Health and Care Plans according to a geographic locality of Central Bedfordshire. Senior Officers work with their allocated SEND Offer to ensure effective co-ordination of processes regarding EHC Needs Assessments, monitoring and review of EHCPs and appeals to the SEND Tribunal. 


Main duties of the role include; 

  • working to ensure effective management of a caseload of EHCPs and new assessments. 
  • oversight of the EHC Needs Assessment process; including liaising with parents/carers/young people and settings, reviewing professional advice and evidence and ensuring adherence to statutory timescales. 
  • drafting Education, Health and Care Plans and ensuring these are finalised within the legal timeframe.
  • chairing co-production meetings during the EHC Needs Assessment process 
  • attendance at way-forward and mediation meetings with parents and professionals to explain Local Authority decisions
  • management and oversight of appeals to the SEND Tribunal 
  • preparing cases for Local Authority SEND Panels, ensuring decisions are made within statutory timescales and that decisions are shared with parents, carers and professionals
  • management of the monitoring and review of existing EHCPS; including amending and issuing EHCPs following a review and attending review meetings in complex cases
  • providing advice to schools, parents and professionals regarding statutory processes
  • planning and providing training regarding statutory processes for professionals and parents
  • consulting with schools and supporting school admissions for pupils with an EHCP- particularly in cases of exclusion
  • attending meetings and Local Authority Panels as required
  • directing the SEND Officer as required to ensure effective case management
  • representing the SEND team as part of the wider Children’s Services Team


Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and the chance to learn and progress. Find your greatness by helping us to deliver better services to the local community.


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Joe Watts at or call 0300 300 4734.


For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at



Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.


To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role


How to Apply

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