- Job Number HCC24074
Directorate Education and Services for Young People
Salary Range £30,151 progressing to £32,909 pa
- Contract Type Permanent
- Full Time/Part Time – Full Time
Job Title: SEND EHC Coordinator
Location: Based at either Apsley or Stevenage, with travel across areas within Hertfordshire
Starting Salary: £32,076 pa with the opportunity to progress to £34,834 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Hours: 37 per week
Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce
Things are changing in SEND for Hertfordshire County Council. We are making SEND everyone’s business.
Do you want to make a positive impact and be part of that change? We’re investing in our statutory SEND workforce.
What does the role involve?
We are creating opportunities for you to specialise in the following areas: early years, school-age, further education and for those with significant additional vulnerabilities such as being in the care of Hertfordshire County Council or are struggling to attend schools.
You’ll support families and schools within one of the specialist areas listed above, to understand the statutory process for SEND and what our local offer of support means for them. This includes attending meetings to discuss needs and provision; writing or amending EHC plans with a focus on ensuring progress and outcomes; and managing placement or provision requests that come in from schools and parents. A key part of the role is developing relationships with parents, and professionals across education, health and care.
We are looking for you to have:
- Knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and the Children and Families Act 2014.
- Educated to A level or equivalent.
- Excellent communication skills
- High level of literacy to support good case recording and quality EHC plans.
- Hold a current driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work
- Desirable: previous experience working in schools to deliver SEND provision or experience with other stakeholders including parents, education, care and health.
What’s in it for you?
You’ll be part of an exciting new staff development initiative: the Hertfordshire SEND Academy. This will comprise of a top quality induction, ongoing learning and wellbeing programme, with the aim of building a highly skilled and confident workforce within a supportive work culture. This will help us to achieve our aim of a high level of job satisfaction alongside positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
- Flexible Working Arrangements
- Excellent Career Development
- Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
- Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
- Shopping Discounts
- Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes
This is a challenging but rewarding role, bringing together professionals and families to ensure that statutory obligations are met whilst keeping the child at the centre. It requires resilience, a drive for ambitious outcomes for children, and the ability to champion local solutions. In return, you’ll have opportunities to work with a passionate team, access to continuous learning and development, and progression opportunities.
The SEND service coordinates assessments, reviews and provision for children and young people in Hertfordshire who have special educational needs and / or disabilities. The team focuses on coordinating professionals across education, health and care and coproducing plans and provision with families.
Interview Date: Interviews will take place on a weekly basis. You will be contacted within 2 weeks to confirm if you have been shortlisted for interview.
Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
English Fluency: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post (for those whose language is a signed language the provision of a sign language interpreter who speaks English to the necessary standard of fluency will be required). Further information about the legal requirement can be found here.
Safeguarding: Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information Click Here
Driving Roles Only: As part of this role, you will be required to travel to other HCC Sites/Residences either using your own mode of transport or a company car. In light of this, the ability to drive and/or travel around the County is required for this role a DVLA check will be required on appointment.
How to Apply
As part of the application, you will be required to upload your most recent CV ensuring gaps in employment have been addressed and to upload a document answering the following 3 key questions:
- Please tell us why you are applying for the post and outline the skills, knowledge and experience you would bring.
- What is your understanding of the needs and challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families?
- What skills and experience do you have in effective communication both verbal and written and in building good working relationships?