Staffordshire County Council

SEND Principal Family Practitioner Lead

Grade 14 £61,826 - £66,463
17 Jun 2022
15 Jul 2022
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Job title: SEND Principal Family Practitioner Lead  

Location: Staffordshire - Stafford (flexible working)


Salary:  Grade 14 £61,826 - £66,463



Working Pattern: 37 Hours per week | Full time | Part time | Flexible working – we’re happy to discuss options with you




This is an exciting opportunity for an experience SEND assessment and review professional to lead and manage a county team that is focussed on meeting the needs and improving outcomes for children and families who experience special educational needs.




Your Role




As SEND Principal Family Practitioner Lead (PFPL) you will be part of the District Leadership and Central SEND and Inclusion Leadership Team. You will lead the SEND Family Practitioner Leads (FPLS) and ensure that Staffordshire County Council discharges its statutory duties and responsibilities in relation to the Children and Families Act, SEND Code of Practice. As a leader and manager, you will ensure that everything we do has a primary focus on improving outcomes for children and families.  


Reporting to the Head of SEND and Inclusion, your role will be both strategic and operational, ensuring that strategy and locality operational activity are in sync.   As part of the SEND & Inclusion team, you will work with the Head of Service, Principal Educational Psychologist, Head of ASSIST, Head of Specialist Teaching and Principal Officers.  


In this role, you will provide the day to day leadership and management that will support the district teams deliver high quality services for children and families. You will have oversight and responsibility for ensuring that district teams undertake timely, high quality coproduced Educational, Health and Care Needs Assessments and where required, produce timely, high quality coproduced EHC Plans.




You will be a child and family focussed professional who understands the relevant law and is also committed to ensuring the best outcomes for the community you serve.  You will lead and contribute to local panels at which complex decisions are made regarding Educational Health and Care Needs Assessments.  You will also be required to contribute to County decision making panels and the overall County strategy for SEND.






What you will bring


We are looking for a colleague who;


  • Understands and can support their team to navigate the complex world of SEND education legislation Is driven to improve outcomes for children and young people who experience needs related to SEND Believes in the power of coproduction and child and family centred working Is person-centred in their work and takes a restorative approach to their interactions with children, families, and other partners Has exceptional written, inter-personal and communication skills Is highly organised, and able to manage their work to meet statutory deadlines



Above all, you will be a professional who is able to listen, hear the views of others, build relationships with key stakeholders, and find solutions to challenges.






Our benefits & offer to you


We are a values driven team and this means our work is both challenging and rewarding.  As part of the team, you will have excellent support through high quality, regular supervision with the Principal Officer, Conflict Resolutions and Tribunals. You will also have support and advice from legal colleagues.  Our team values continuous professional development (CPD). As part of your supervision, you will be supported to develop your skills and practice.




Plus, there’s also all these other benefits too:




  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 2 extra statutory days) depending on job role and length of service. That’s a minimum of 34 days annual leave. The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave per year A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity, and parental leave An excellent local government pension scheme



-   Access to our new benefits platform Vivup which includes lots of lifestyle discounts & offers all within an App on your phone




  • Volunteering Scheme Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services) Eye care vouchers Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme Bus and rail travel discounts



So, how do I apply?


Just click on the ‘Apply’ button.


If you do have technical issues please contact and the team will help you.




Closing Date: 15th July 2022


Interview Date:  22nd July 2022 in person at Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH


For more information, please contact


Dr Halit Hulusi (Head of SEND)




Our recruitment process


As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.


How will we store your details?


By submitting your application form, you are giving your consent to the processing of your personal data in the ways described Here


Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities. As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.  




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