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SEND Manager

The SEND Manager will lead and manage a team of SEND professionals and monitor the SEND service and delivery to ensure students’ needs are met and that inclusivity underpins the College’s support structure. You will be a passionate and experienced SEND practitioner with experience of teaching or working closely alongside curriculum teams to develop outcomes for students who face barriers to learning. This role will ensure that the service directly contributes to positive student outcomes, improved success rates, appropriate progression and preparation for adulthood for every student who uses the service. 

This role will ensure the provision of high-quality transition guidance and planning, matching curriculum provision to individual student need, liaising with external agencies, feeder schools and college staff to ensure that appropriate support/ assistive technology is in place and to assist students to achieve their learning outcomes and goals. You will ensure that student outcomes are monitored and met.

The SEND Manager will ensure optimum efficiencies are made by ensuring effective staff utilisation including a rigorous overview of timetabling, assessment and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) review processes. 

The SEND Manager will work with the Head of Student Services and the finance department to ensure that funding is claimed and utilised to provide the necessary support.

The post holder must have knowledge and understanding of SEND legislation and how these impact on the local offer. Have experience of supporting young people and adults in FE and HE, with special educational needs and disabilities and have a good working knowledge of SEND.

 

 

Employer
Craven College
Date Posted:
March 15, 2024
Post No.
B202A
Location
Skipton
Rate of pay
APT & C Scale P02 (Point 37) £34,190 per annum
Hours
37 hours per week
Responsible to
Head of Student Services
Closing Date
April 7, 2024 23:59
Special Conditions

This post is subject to a probationary period of 6 months upon successful completion of which the position will become permanent

A full DBS Certificate via the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required

3 Month notice period 

Key Duties

This job description is a guide to the duties you will be expected to perform immediately on your appointment. These may change in the future in line with the strategic direction and development of the College. 

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE POST: 

  • To lead, manage and monitor SEND service across the various campuses and be the main SEND point of contact for external and internal partners.
  • To ensure that the needs of all students with SEND are met.
  • To ensure optimum efficiencies are made by ensuring effective staff utilisation including a rigorous review of timetabling, assessment and EHCP review time.
  • Ensure that effective consultations and transition arrangements are in place for new and prospective students, and that curriculum teams have the necessary support information in a timely manner. 
  • You will demonstrate the ability to own your own responsibilities by having an overall management grasp of your SEND department through monitoring and providing reports to the Head of Student Services. 
  • To provide effective line management, supervision, and direction for the SENDco, Transition Co-ordinator, Lead Progression Support Assistants (PSA) and Progression Support Assistants in the team. 
  • Management of in-class, 1:1 and small group support for students identified as having a learning difficulty or disability. 
  • Work closely with students, parents, Curriculum managers, teachers, careers team, pastoral and support staff to ensure that the curriculum is matched to the individual needs and goals of the student, that needs and strategies are shared and that students are effectively supported and monitored. 
  • Management of person-centred planning and reviews, transitional planning, assessment interviews, initial identification and screening processes, and to plan, cost and source support.
  • Monitoring and tracking progress to ensure effective support is given, and tapered where required, as appropriate to the student’s needs. 
  • Provide staff development activities to ensure all relevant staff are developed in accordance with their professional needs to meet the demands of appropriate strategies and policies and to be a role model of the skills and standards required.
  • Work with local education providers, local authorities, and other external agencies and maintain and extend effective links.
  • To direct the SpLD team to co-ordinate and complete assessment and processes required to ensure exam access arrangements for eligible learners. 
  • To direct the team to work with students across all curriculum types and delivery to discern need, negotiate targets, plan, deliver and review personalised learning strategies to enable them to successfully complete their chosen course of study and to gain the skills necessary to progress to the next level of study, work or independence. 
  • To collaborate on the production of care plans and risk assessments both internally and with the Health and Safety Manager, relevant staff and with other organisations relating to potential support. 
  • To provide a network both internally and with relevant agencies of support to students regarding their individual needs, academic progress and identify solutions to any difficulties they may be experiencing.
  • To liaise with Exam Boards, students and staff to ensure that exam access arrangements meet their needs and requirements and that the rooming and resources are in place. 
  • To liaise with the Health & Safety Manager and Facilities to ensure that buildings are accessible and advise on any necessary modifications to ensure compliance with relevant legislation. 
  • To identify specialist resource and equipment requirements which will promote independence and learning. 

QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • Quality assuring the provision including full engagement with learner voice, regular learning walks and in-class observations.
  • To improve the student experience by ensuring effective information sharing. 
  • Evaluate Promonitor reports and the data used to monitor student progress, reflect best practice in equality and diversity and identify any achievement gaps. 
  • To contribute towards measurement of success rates, retention, achievement and recruitment and progression of supported learners by different equality strands and put in place action plans to address any underperformance.
  • To ensure that student files, referrals, exam board approvals and evidence meet JCQ inspection requirements.
  • To contribute to the evaluation and analysis of Equality and Diversity statistics and action planning.

OTHER 

  • To promote Equality and Diversity and act as a Champion within the College. 
  • Show a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, undertaking mandatory training as required by the College. 
  • Ensure the health and safety of all staff, students and resources within their area of responsibility.
  • Participate in the College’s Appraisal scheme and undertake continuous professional development in line with the needs of the College. 
  • Any other duties commensurate with grade and status as may reasonably be requested.
  • This post holder will work in an environment of constant change and pressure where an amount of personal decision-making and judgement will be required. 
Person Specific

The person we are hoping to appoint will meet all the following essential requirements and some or all of the desirable requirements.

Education and training 

  • SENCO qualification or relevant academic or vocational qualification to degree level or equivalent, and relevant current experience of professional development. 
  • Minimum of Level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy. 
  • (e.g. GCSE English and Maths at grade A*-C) 
  • As part of your continued professional development you will be required to undergo any training as deemed necessary by Craven College. 


Specialist Knowledge and skills

  • Previous, successful experience of working with young people in an educational setting.
  • Experience of management of support for students with SEND including addressing a range of learners’ needs and interests. 
  • Previous experience of managing and organising and deploying staff teams.
  • Experience of making effective use of learner progress tracking systems and action planning.  
  • An ability to analyse, summarise, evaluate and communicate data.
  • Excellent planning and time management skills together with good administrative abilities.
  • Evidence of working collaboratively with others to improve practice.
  • Previous experience of preparing, delivering or sourcing relevant training for staff teams.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake further professional development linked to the needs of the college. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills with the ability to converse at ease with students, parents, staff and members of the public and provide advice
  • Ability to promote new initiatives across the college
  • Commitment to College policies i.e. Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding and Quality Assurance.
  • Ability to use initiative and be innovative in resolving issues / complaints
  • Understanding of the Common Inspection Framework and its application in the FE sector
  • Ability to work flexibly and be able to travel between College sites and to external agencies
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills both written and verbal and to a wide range of audiences.
  • Proficient in digital literacy as appropriate to the role or willing to work towards. 

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS 

  • Experience of liaising with relevant examination bodies. 
  • Experience of using blended learning approaches to enhance learning and teaching for SEND learners.
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