Job Description

The following information is furnished to help Council staff and those people considering joining the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to understand and appreciate the general work content of their post and the role they are to play in the organisation. The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this Job Profile are indicative and may vary over time. Post holders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.

For posts where employees speak directly to members of the Public the post holder is required to demonstrate their ability to speak fluently in English.

As a candidate you will be expected to demonstrate your ability to meet the special knowledge, experience and qualifications required for the role by providing evidence in the application form for the purpose of shortlisting. Applicants with disabilities are only required to meet the essential special knowledge requirements shown by a cross in the end column of this section.

The employee competencies are the minimum standard of behaviour expected by the Council of all its employees and the management competencies outlined are those relevant for a post operating at this level within our organisation.

Both sets of competencies will be used at interview stage and will not be used for short listing purposes. Please see the separate guidance information on how to complete the form located on Bradnet.

Key Purpose of Post: Max 3 sentences

· The postholder will be responsible for the adminstration, co-ordination and development of all statutory framework procedures regarding children with Education Health and Care Plans, and in particular those undergoing statutory assessment procedures as outlined in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for the 2014 Children and Families Act.

· The postholder will work proactively with key staff and managers to provide an interface between services, members of the public, other public sector bodies and external agencies, adopting the highest standards of customer care and professionalism.

· To deal with and resolve requests for advice/help.

Main Responsibilities of Post: Max 15 Bullet points

1. Responsible for initiating, co-ordinating and monitoring requests for statutory assessment of special educational needs under the 2014 Children & Families Act in line with local authority policy and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice by checking requests from parents, schools, educational psychologists or advisory teachers and, within the SEND Code of Practice and local authority policies, contributing to the decision re the eligibility of the request.

2. Liaising with parents and other professionals as necessary when considering requests to ensure that SEND Code of Practice requirements and timescales are adhered to and offering advice and detailed guidance to parents, health, education and Care egarding statutory assessment requirements and timescales in line with the SEND Code of Practice

3. Ensuring assessment reports are entered onto CAPITA database once received and checking and distributing these reports to relevant professionals whilst ensuring confidentiality and managing both electronic and paper files ensuring accurate records are maintained and informing other agencies of any changes that may affect their service provision

4. Ensuring the implementation of annual review procedures for pupils educated otherwise than at school and in non-maintained early years settings. This involves arranging an annual review in liaison with parents at a suitable time and location, inviting all appropriate professionals involved, preparing paperwork to be completed at the annual review and collating relevant reports received prior to the review and distributing to all invited in line with SEND Code of Practice requirements and timescales.

5. Education, Health and Care Plans for accuracy and amending the CAPITA database as appropriate ensuring that pupils’ details are accurately reflected, issuing completed Plans to parents and all relevant parties as soon as possible with covering letter outlining rights of appeal.

6. Ensuring that support levels for all relevant pupils are accurately reflected on Capita database in order for schools to receive the exact level of additional support identified as appropriate through a pupils’ Plan.

7. Responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring statutory framework procedures each year for pupils transferring between phases of education. identifying all relevant pupils and pupils under assessment who will be due to transfer between phases of education in the forthcoming September. Liaising with parents and professionals regarding SEND Code of Practice timescales and requirements that must be adhered to when a pupil transfers from one phase of education to another.

8. Liaising with Admissions Officers and monitoring the receipt of parental preference forms confirming future placement requests and forwarding to Casework officers for consideration if not deemed suitable upon receipt. identifying and organising relevant reports and information suitable for consultation with proposed schools and issuing these to headteachers with a covering letter outlining specific details of the case and reasons for transfer application.

9. Forwarding details of consultation responses to Casework Officers in order to assist Casework Officers in arranging suitable placements and provision for pupils at mainstream schools, special schools and resources.

  1. To assist Casework Officers when other authority pupils with Education Health and Care Plans move into the Bradford by liaising with other local authorities regarding the transferring child’s current placement, support levels, specific special educational needs and transport requirements as appropriate.
  2. To assist in the training and development of all staff within the 0-25 Integrated Assessment Team, including giving daily support and guidance to colleagues with the day to day issues of the statutory SEND procedures.
  3. Responsible for ensuring daily correspondence received is dealt with appropriately in line with SEND Code of Practice requirements and local policy.
  4. To deal effectively with visits, telephone calls, correspondence and complaints from parents, other agencies and support services, providing reassurance and advice in line with local policy and the SEND Code of Practice where appropriate. Referring to Senior SEND Officers or Casework Officers when required..
  5. To maintain effective working relationships with officers from other departments to ensure that the 0-25 Integrated Assessment Team function plays a full and effective role in the corporate working of Bradford Council to ensure its objectives are achieved effectively.
  6. To undertake such other duties commensurate with the grade as may be required, in accordance with the changing organisational objectives.

You must have:

  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 3 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the ‘Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**