Akton Recruitment are working with the Local Authorities to fill a contract position for a Head of Service. This role will be based within the SEND department and is full time. Daily rate is £500, however if you require a higher rate please let us know.
The post holder will have responsibility for leading and managing services to assess and meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and ensure that service providers across a multi-agency system work together to deliver positive outcomes for children and young people as identified in the Rotherham SEND Strategy.
The Head of Service for SEND will have responsibility for ensuring that Rotherham carries out its statutory duties in relation to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 and in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years.
As well as working strategically with partners from across the system, the post will lead the local authority's inclusion, educational psychology, SEND advice and education, health and care plan teams.
The post holder will report to the Assistant Director of Education and be their nominated deputy as required.
- Lead a system-wide response (including local authority, education, and health) to assessing and meeting the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and delivering positive outcomes
- Ensure that Rotherham carries out its statutory duties in relation to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 and in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years.
- Ensure that Local Authority services are responsive and flexible with regard to the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and their families and that these are delivered to a high standard.
- Identify clear objectives for service delivery, including management of risk, and develop and performance manage relevant action plans to ensure effective and efficient implementation
- Lead and develop a range of specialist professionals (including senior managers, qualified teachers and Educational Psychologists) to deliver high quality performance and have a positive impact on outcomes for children.
- Assess political pressures and agendas on service delivery and tailor plans/activity accordingly whilst ensuring appropriate challenge is made and governance adhered to
- Pursue best practice and value for money within the Service through the establishment of effective systems of governance and accountability, target setting, performance management and procurement. Identify opportunities to deliver strategies that will reduce pressure on the High Needs budget.
- Plan, initiate, manage and implement major change initiatives in service delivery including ensuring that the local authority has a clear strategy in place in relation to sufficiency of school places for children special educational needs and disabilities.
- Develop and foster effective relationships with external stakeholders, partners and agencies, particularly those groups who represent the voices of children, young people and their families and champion co-production and the core values that underpin a co-productive approach.
- Ensure sufficient resources available to deliver service priorities through effective workforce planning including recruitment and selection, retention, talent management and succession planning
- Contribute to the Council's budget process, advising the senior managers within the directorate and Elected Members on service priorities and implications of budgetary options and effectively manage the Service budget, ensuring spending within agreed limits. The postholder will have direct responsibility for overseeing the High Needs Budget.