Principal Educational Psychologist & SENDAR Manager
Warwickshire is a large and vibrant county in the heart of England with a varied socio-economic profile. It is extremely well placed for accessing a wide range of cultural and other activities.
Warwickshire Local Authority maintains a range of strong services to support its highly inclusive agenda. Both the Educational Psychology Service and SENDAR sit within our SEND and Inclusion team that in turn sits within our Education and Learning Service. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in that structure.
Both the Educational Psychology Service and SENDAR have grown steadily in size and reach over previous years. Both services have strong leadership teams that work well together and robust systems in place to support children, young people, their families and the educational establishments they attend.
The Educational Psychology Service is made up of five area teams, each led by a Senior EP and located in three bases. It is a semi-traded service to which well over 90% of Warwickshire’s schools and academies, as well as colleges and other agencies buy in. There is a high demand for educational psychology services from the Local Authority looking for strategic support. The EPS is exceptionally proud of its wide range of specialisms, most led by a Specialist Senior. Currently these include Youth Justice, SEMH, Autism, Critical Incidents, Fostering & Adoption, Post 16, ISPs, Cognition & Learning, Early Years and many more.
The EPS has a strong local and national reputation and good links with a number of local universities, collaborating in research and supporting students. We take development of the profession extremely seriously and always have a lively mix of undergraduates, trainees, assistants and associates working with us. This helps us to keep a skilled and well-informed workforce. Staff morale and job satisfaction are extremely high.
SENDAR is a team of twenty Plan Coordinators led by three Senior Plan Coordinators; one specialising in mainstream and school support, one in specialist placements and the third in preparing for adulthood. Over recent years we have developed a wide range of processes to strengthen decision making and equity of resource allocation. This has been an exciting and rewarding journey that we are still enjoying developing.
Now that we have met the challenge of converting roughly 3,500 Statements to EHC Plans we are focusing on strengthening the impact of those plans through appropriate referrals, robust assessments, meaningful co-production and ongoing monitoring whilst supporting the LA to discharge their statutory obligations.
We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic leader with a passion for inclusion to lead and manage both EPS and SENDAR but also to join the LA’s SEND and Inclusion senior management team. For the successful candidate we have planned a staged induction into this important role, details of which can be discussed using the contact details below or in interview.
Full registration with the Health & Care Professions Council to practise as an Educational Psychologist and a minimum of three years’ experience as a Senior Educational Psychologist in a Local Authority.
Experience, knowledge and understanding of schools and relevant SEND legislation including the Children and Families Act (2014), the SEN Code of Practice (2014), the Equalities Act (2010), regulations around tribunals, Belongings Regulations and legal precedents.
Knowledge, experience and expertise in the professional practice of educational psychology in accordance with the ethical principles of the British Psychological Society.
A strong understanding of the macro-environment in which both the Educational Psychology Service and SENDAR exist and operate including political and social awareness, vision and an ability to think beyond their own area of professional expertise.
- Evidence of a commitment to promoting inclusion, equal opportunities and children’s rights
- Proven ability to manage, lead and motivate others.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, for a range of purposes and audiences
- Experience of managing large budgets successfully
- Computer literate with the ability to use IT packages competently
- Enhanced DBS
For further information about the role please contact:
Dr Helen Kendall, PEP & SEND Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org 01926 742921
Pat Tate, Strategic Lead, SEND & Inclusion, email@example.com, 01788 338130
How to Apply
Please submit your CV accompanied by a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 10th September 2018
Interview Date: 28th September 2018
Rewards & Benefits of working for Warwickshire
It really is true that every single job role here at Warwickshire County Council contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our County; we want to do this for our employees, too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours, technology to support remote working (such as light laptops and phones where the role allows).
Time to recharge is so important; we provide a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us. You get all Bank and public holidays off, plus all staff are given an extra day of holiday over Christmas.
As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also have access to membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, a host of enhanced family friendly policies and some of the very best Learning and Development training courses to support your ongoing development.
We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.Supporting documents
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