SEN Officer – Education

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SEN Officer – Education
South Shields, Tyne and Wear
Interim Position

S Tyneside 1000055214544901

Posted: 17th August 2023 09:00
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  • Pay Rate:

    £22.55 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 4-5 months

  • South Shields, Tyne and Wear,

    NE33 2DW

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Interim SEN Officer – Education

Reference no:  S Tyneside 1000055214544901

Pay Rate: £22.55 per hour PAYE 

35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 4-5 months

City: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

Enhanced DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role

Candidates must live within the North East of England and be able to attend in person annual reviews / meetings etc.

As a SEND Officer for casework and statutory assessments you will facilitate planning meetings for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities, across the 0 - 25-year-old age range. They will lead the assessment and planning process for families across schools and a range of service providers, including education, health, social care and voluntary sectors.

The successful candidate will work with children, young people and their parents, ensuring they are involved in the process and kept informed. You will determine the appropriate provision to meet the individual’s SEND, alongside parents/young people and professionals. You will ensure effective and timely delivery of the EHC needs assessment process and EHC plans. You will ensure compliance with the timescales for transition reviews for children and young people with EHC plans.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the main point of contact for young people/parents/carers and co-ordinate the EHC needs assessment and planning process within statutory timescales.
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers, children and young people to ensure they are involved and where appropriate kept informed and that they are central to any decisions made about them.
  • Ensure the preferred communication method of the child/young person is recognised and the plan adapted if relevant.
  • Identify the information that needs to be gathered for the co-ordinated assessment and ensure it is completed within statutory timescales.
  • Manage the compilation of all the information received from a range of professionals from education, health and/or social care.
  • Ensure the child/young person and/or their parents/carers are involved in the meetings and development of the EHC Plan.
  • Plan, facilitate and chair SEND planning meetings with parents/carers and key professionals across education, health, social care along with the child/young person, if appropriate.
  • Work closely with the SEND Services Team Manager, including maintaining regular communication and updates, reporting issues, meeting deadlines, and feeding back to help inform further service development.
  • Work within the statutory timescales.
  • Contribute to borough-wide pupil place planning through a thorough knowledge of a number of special schools, schools with units and mainstream schools.


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.

Full UK driving licence.



  1. Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  2. Level 2 English (grade C GCSE or above).
  3. Level 2 mathematics (grade C GCSE or above).



  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of working with children/young people with SEND.
  3. Experience of working with a broad range of people including families, education, social care and health professionals.
  4. Experience of leading multi-agency meetings.
  5. Experience of writing reports compiled with information from a number of sources.
  6. Knowledge of children’s and adults health and social care services.
  7. Experience of partnership working.
  8. Experience of the Education, Health and Care assessment and annual review process.
  9. Experience of working in a busy environment with conflicting deadlines.
  10. Experience of negotiating and dealing with difficult stakeholders.



  1. An understanding of the issues facing children/young people with SEND and their families.
  2. An in-depth knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice 2015.
  3. An up to date knowledge of the changes in the SEND landscape.
  4. Able to use common software packages and willingness to learn and operate specific IT systems relating to SEND.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Able to motivate others and deliver changes for children/young people and their families with SEND
  2. Able to use own initiative
  3. Able to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behaviour, physical, social and welfare needs
  4. Willingness to develop skills further
  5. Flexible approach to work
  6. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
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SEN Officer – Education
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