SEND Operations Assistant

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SEND Operations Assistant
Contract / Temporary

Essex 10366

Posted: 17th January 2023 12:54
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  • Pay Rate:

    £12.39 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months


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What's involved with this role:

Temporary SEND Operations Assistant   

Reference no: Essex 10366   

Pay rate £12.39 per hour PAYE   


Will require 1 to 2 days per week in the office 

This is an exciting opportunity to support Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Operations team 

Key responsibilities: 


  • Maintaining a specified allocation of children and young people (CYP) with existing EHCPs. This will include the carrying out of all statutory processes relevant to each child and young person and their EHCP (annual review, amendment to EHCP, cease EHCP, IPRA,), taking responsibility for the progression of all allocated statutory work such that statutory timescales are met. 
  • Coordinating and securing school placements for CYP at points of transition and liaising with relevant internal and external partners as appropriate. Ensuring ECC’s Admissions Team are advised of decisions. Co-ordinating the amendments of the EHCP following change of placement. 
  • Recognising issues around individual CYP (attendance, safeguarding, lack of progress) and alerting senior managers, recommending and/or seeking advice on next steps. 
  • Prepare and present information relating to the EHCPs within their allocation for submission to various decision-making panels and undertaking any follow-up work identified by the panel meeting; sharing the decisions with parents and partner agencies. Communicating and explaining decisions which are not always positively received both verbally and in writing. 
  • Representing Essex SEND services by acting as a frontline contact for parents/carers, CYP, schools, settings, and other partner agencies. Recognising where issues need to be escalated. Recognising safeguarding concerns and acting accordingly. Signposting service users to relevant teams where appropriate and taking responsibility for responding directly to queries wherever possible. 
  • Liaising with other local authorities for CYP who have moved into or are leaving Essex. Ensuring correct paperwork is received and actioned accordingly. Consulting and arranging school placements and arranging appropriate information to enable the amendments of the EHCPs. 
  • Maintain tracking systems for all students who are at the point of phase transfer each year. Provide support to SEND Operations Partners and SEND Operations Co-ordinators to ensure that statutory processes and timescales are fully complied with and that, where appropriate, EHCP’s are ceased in a timely manner. 
  • Preparing a chronology/summary about individual CYPs to support ECC’s response to priority work: Members Enquiries, Local Government Ombudsman Enquiries, Corporate Complaints and SEND Tribunals. Involvement in any additional SEND Tribunal work arising; liaising with the Tribunal Teams and consulting and chasing responses from various provisions. 
  • Sending out the agreed final versions of EHCPs in the specified timescale. 
  • Organisation and constant prioritisation of workload to manage high volume of incoming work on a daily basis, alerting senior colleagues where statutory obligations are compromised 

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria: 

  • Educated to RQF level 2 or equivalent by experience 
  • Thorough working knowledge of SEND Code of Practice 2015 
  • Experience of working successfully as part of busy team in a business support or administrative environment 
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills with the ability to manage own workload under pressure and adapt quickly and effectively to changing circumstances/situations 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to engage positively within difficult conversations 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

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: 

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours. 
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this. 
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice. 
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed. 


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable: 

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience 
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for. 


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Job Ref: Essex 10366
SEND Operations Assistant
Client Category: Local Authority

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