- To ensure that all Statutory processes are completed in the timeframes set out in the Code of Practice
- To support the PfA Lead Officer to ensure that the strategic aims for young people with special educational needs are met within the legislative frameworks.
- To take lead responsibility for advising parents, schools, colleges and providers in implementing SEND decisions, managing expectations, issues and arising disputes on these decisions.
- To lead and manage the Tribunal process for all PfA cases to ensure that all deadline dates are met and that all case preparation is in line with Tribunal rules.
- Managing and overseeing the whole assessment and placement process for young people Yr 9 and above, ensuring that each assessment is handled efficiently and within statutory deadlines, ensuring each EHC plan issued is of high quality.
- Leading and attending Way Forward, Mediation and pre-Tribunal meetings as required. Being the LA representative at Tribunals, unless legal representation is required.
- Providing professional support and advice (including training where required) to Headteachers, Principles of Colleges, SENCO's, Governing bodies/Academy Trust, to ensure that they are compliant with the Code of Practice and Disability Discrimination Act.
- Ensuring that the planning process for 14+ Transition is in place and reviewed with the PfA Lead Officer to ensure it is compliant with legislation.
- Monitoring placements, attending annual and transition reviews as necessary to ensure that the pupil's needs are met, the Local Authority is receiving value for money and to take responsibility to involve other professionals. This may include acting as Lead Professional/Officer.
- Ensuring that all records for students are maintained and up to date at all times. This will ensure that an audit trail of involvement is kept and is able to be produced if required.
- Working with SEN officers to ensure that all paperwork produced for SEN Panels is accurate and contains up to date information required to ensure that decisions can be made swiftly.
- Producing reports for PFA Lead Officer/Head of SEND as required to ensure that Senior Leaders are updated at all times.
- Ensuring and maintaining effective communication with key statutory and voluntary sector partners. This to include attendance at case conference, planning meetings and child protection case conferences.
- Ensuring that you are always up to date on changes to Legislation, changes to policies and procedures and ensure that all staff are aware of these changes.
- Providing Line Management responsibility for Team of PfA SEN and Assistant SEN Officers in line with Oxfordshire's policies and procedures.
- Monitoring and evaluating team performance, including the setting of clear target, identifying development needs and tackling poor performance