Specialist Teaching Services Lead Officer
Children & Family Services at a local Council have a vacancy for a senior manager to lead the development of the Specialist Teaching Services. This is a short term (6 month) vacancy and will require a significant amount of work to re- develop the current service delivery models, develop our trading capacity, ensure our service delivers our statutory and core requirements and meet our financial challenge for 17/18 and beyond.
We therefore require an interim that has the experience to:
• Manage the STS Services (Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment (including Physical Impairment), Autism Outreach, Learning Support, Autism Intensive Service)
• Develop and implement a revised service delivery model for Specialist Teaching Service in partnership with schools and staff.
• Ensure the aims of the STS service align with our emerging SEND strategy and Medium Term Financial Strategy .
• Work closely with the Head of SEND to ensure High Needs Block is managed effectively and promote inclusion where ever possible and specialist placement costs are effectively managed.
• Review our current virtual school offer to children in care and provide high level recommendations.
• Develop the relationship with schools, parents, settings and other stakeholders to ensure any change to the service delivery model is managed positively.
• Review the current trading offer in STS, make recommendations for improvement and implement a robust trading model in partnership with schools and local authority staff.
We are looking for someone with experience of leading and managing specialist teaching and/or other educational services who has undertaken significant service development and established statutory, core and traded models of working.
You will have the knowledge and experience of working alongside school settings, parents and other key stakeholders to effectively manage change and develop robust cost effective services. Understanding of the SEN code of practice and the responsibilities of schools, settings, local authorities and partners for children and young people with SEND is essential.
We require this interim to start as soon as possible for an initial period of 6 months.
Day rate negotiable but to be kept within current budgets.
Please Contact Mel Swidenbank
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